Every morning, Joe Scarborough reminds his viewers of the years he spent in Congress. He represented Florida’s 1st district as a Conservative Republican from 1995-2001. However, he fails to mention why he suddenly resigned on that day of September 5, 2001. He has noted, just a few times, that he stepped down to spend more time with his family. This falls flat because he filed for divorce from his wife, Melanie, on Sept. 4, 1998 and didn’t remarry until October 2001 to Susan Waren. It has been widely speculated that Joe had an extramarital affair with Lori Klausutis. It is to no surprise that she had been hired in May of 1999, as his aid.
What is a surprise is the circumstances of her death. On July 21, 2001 a couple visiting the Congressman’s office found Lori Klausutis, on the floor, dead. Her death was ruled as accidental by the Okaloosa/Walton medical examiner, Dr. Michael Berkland. The report on her death stated that she died as a result of striking her head on a desk after fainting, due to an undiagnosed heart condition. This totally contradicted her blood test results. On July 30, 2001, blood tests didn’t show anything that would back up the claim of the Deputy Medical Examiner. No other tests were ordered.
Subsequently, Dr. Berkland was released from the Medical Examiners Office in 2003 for failing to complete dozens of autopsy reports from 2001-2002.
All of this happened at the same time as the disappearance of Chandra Levy. Investigators learned that Levy had an extramarital affair with then Congressman, Gary Condit. The media went on for months trying to link the Congressman with her death. Republican’s also used this event to pounce on Condit. The louder they were, the less attention Scarborough would receive in this matter. The affair and the cloud of murder shadowed Condit and caused him to lose his re-election campaign in 2002, and Joe Scarborough, allowed by many, to have a lucrative career on cable television. He’s allowed to spew his opinions without any dissent. It is clear that many of the people on his morning show are afraid of him. They appear as “yes men” when Joe decides to stare into the eyes of anyone who dares to challenge him.
Just to think, if the events of 911 never happened, where would Joe be today?
So why the double standard? Joe Scarborough, by many, was viewed as a rising star in the political scene. There was talk that he would make a run for President in 2008. He didn’t want to run sooner, because he was a close friend of the Bush’s. Joe also had some connections deep inside Florida, with the friendship of Governor Jeb Bush.