Va. legislator: Transvaginal ultrasound bill led to bedroom strikeout with wife

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The recent Virginia legislative debate over a bill requiring women to have an unfortunately named “transvaginal ultrasound” before getting an abortion reached its comic plateau Friday, with one state delegate telling his colleagues that his wife denied him sex because his name was on the legislation.

The bill, oddly dissected Tuesday by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain, has become a lightning rod for its supporters. But Republican Delegate David Albo’s personal level of radioactivity extended into his marriage.

Albo’s speech on the floor of the Virginia General Assembly came complete with background music more suited to a 1970s mustache-porn flick.

It seems that after the contentious debate about the bill, and his own attempt to craft a compromise by removing the “transvaginal ultrasound” requirement, Albo returned home to put his son to bed and spend the evening with his wife — and, well, let’s just say he switched on the charm.


“I thought, wow — the boy’s in bed, [my] wife here, [the] TV,” he said.

And with a wink and a thumbs-up motion, he continued, “I got Rita some red wine, sat next to her, used my patented ‘cool move’ …”

He turned on the TV — to find his wife her beloved Redskins coverage — and then “all of a sudden on my big-screen TV comes this big thing and a big picture of a bill that has ‘Albo’ on it. And I went ‘Wow! Holy smokes! My name as big as a wall.'”

But then his nemesis in the legislative fight over abortion, Democratic Delegate Dave Englin, invaded his bedroom. Englin was upbraiding Republican State Senator Jill Vogel for what he thought was a strategic move to kill her own ultrasound bill after Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell withdrew his support. (RELATED: Rachel Maddow, Meghan McCain take on the issue of vaginal probing)

“And the very next scene was the gentleman from Alexandria’s face, as big as my wall, going ‘Trans-v … Trans-v this, and trans-v that!’ and ‘They hate women’ and … “She killed the bill because she wouldn’t go far enough’ and ‘She’s crazy,’ and it just goes on and on and on!”

Apparently, it was quite the turn-off.

“And the show’s over,” his punchline begins, “and she looks at me, and she goes, ‘I gotta go to bed.’”

Cue the raucous laughter.

Englin, it turns out, had already apologized to Vogel for his remarks. Now Albo demanded his own apology.

“If the gentleman’s plan was to make sure there was one less Republican in this world,” Albo concluded, “he did!”

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