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Pastor Ted Haggard came out of his house Friday morning and admitted to 9NEWS that he bought meth from a gay escort in Denver.

Haggard says he bought the meth from a gay escort, 49-year-old Michael Jones, after contacting him for a massage.

There is no question this will have an effect on the November 7 election.  Haggard probably has 95% name recognition among evangelical christians, and 100% name recognition among evangelical christians in Colorado.  These evangelical voters are going to stay home, as they are likely to react with disgust to the hypocrisy of their leaders who tried to get them involved in politics.

Update [2006-11-3 14:28:22 by pontificator]: This is probably a good time to point out the following:

Haggard is a firm supporter of President George W. Bush, and is often credited with rallying evangelicals behind Bush during the 2004 election. Author Jeff Sharlet reports that Haggard "talks to... Bush or his advisers every Monday" and opines that "no pastor in America holds more sway over the political direction of evangelicalism."

In a June 2005 Wall Street Journal article, "Ted Haggard, the head of the 30-million strong National Association of Evangelicals, jokes that the only disagreement between himself and the leader of the Western world is automotive: Mr. Bush drives a Ford pickup, whereas he prefers a Chevy."

Originally posted to pontificator on Fri Nov 03, 2006 at 10:52 AM PST.

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