MSNBC host Joe Scarborough says it is pathetic that two separate unproven sex scandal allegations involving politicians are making news, and he tweeted today that he won’t “lend any credibility” to them on his show.
Scarborough, referencing the unsubstantiated reports that South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley had affairs and now the allegation of sexual misconduct by former Vice President Al Gore, appears to be worked up over the news. He posted at least four tweets of disapproval on the topic Thursday.
He also wrote that his show, Morning Joe, did not “lend any credibility” to the Haley rumors and “will show the same restraint with Gore.”
The National Enquirer reported that a Portland, Oregon massage therapist claims to have been subjected to “unwanted sexual contact” from Gore in 2006. Authorities are not pursuing charges, citing insufficient evidence and the accuser’s unwillingness to speak with police. A Portland paper reportedly knew of the allegation shortly after the incident supposedly occurred but did not publish the news.
Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, is not thrilled about the circus the story has created.
“It’s sad that many of my GOP friends are drooling over a police report that determined that there was insufficient evidence,” he wrote on Twitter.
Scarborough himself has personal experience dealing with unfounded allegations. While a congressman, a 28-year-old female staffer died alone in his district office after hitting her head on a desk. While there was never any evidence of foul play, conspiracy theorists on the Internet sought to link him to it.