Eric Deaton is a longshot candidate for the United States Senate from Ohio, but that hasn't stopped him from calling yesterday's indictment against him "politically motivated." Of course, even Republicans looking to kick him out of the race to avoid "spoiling" — that is, throwing the election to the Democrat — wouldn't become so desperate as to have the area prosecutor charge him with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
But that's how it's played out — Deaton is accused of having illegal congress (no pun intended) with a 13- to 15-year-old girl during a one year period covering parts of 2006 and 2007. He's charged with a third-degree felony and faces five years in the slammer.
Of course, the Family Values candidate is a married Republican Boy Scout leader (not confirmed by the Scouts) with three children. Obviously, this is all part of the ploy to keep him from becoming Senator and, of course, leader of the free world in two years:
“I think this is politically motivated,” said Deaton, blaming the indictment on his decision to run for political office.
“The powers that be don’t like that,” said Deaton, who said he intends to stay in the race. [Dayton News]
Let's hope he's innocent — because it's too scary otherwise.