January 16, 2009

CNA Busts BSB Refers to BSB McFadden Post (UPDATE: CNA Makes BizzyBlog-Suggested Correction, Removes BSB Reference)

Running rings around Ohio’s media in the solid reporting department, including prompt and proper political party identification, here is a portion of the Catholic News Agency’s Wednesday evening report on the arrest of Eric McFadden (bolds after title are mine):

Democratic Catholic leader arrested on prostitution-related charges

The former director of the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives for the governor of Ohio was arrested Wednesday for his involvement in an online prostitution ring.  Eric McFadden, who has also formerly served as the president of the organization Catholics for Faithful Citizenship and spokesperson for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, will face seven prostitution-related charges tomorrow in court.

Eric McFadden, 46, the former head of the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives for Governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland, was arrested this morning and faces two counts of promoting prostitution, two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, two counts of pandering obscenity involving a nude minor and one count of compelling prostitution, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien told the Springfield News-Sun.

The News-Sun also quoted Keith Daily (sic), Governor Strickland’s press secretary who described the situation as “very sad, shocking and appalling.”

McFadden’s faith outreach has not been limited to the Ohio governor’s office.  In 2004, McFadden worked for Catholics for Kerry and in 2005, served as the president for the organization, Catholics for Faithful Citizenship.  In 2006, he was a spokesperson for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, and more recently, he was Hillary Clinton’s lead Catholic outreach organizer as the State Faith & Values Outreach Director during the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

According to NBC 4 in Columbus, Ohio, detectives suspect McFadden was involved in a “hooker-review” site that led to the creation of a Brewery District brothel.

Police also believe that McFadden is a man they have been tracking who posts under the name “Toby.” Authorities have been searching for him over the past two months after busting a prostitution ring on Craigslist.

McFadden used complex encoded postings on Craiglist that would look like useless or corrupted data, in which he would embed the information of the woman available, the type of sex interaction she would be willing to perform and the place to meet her. Paradoxically, McFadden’s code name in his transactions was “mcfaddencatholic.”

….. Police also note that on McFadden’s online posts, he claimed to be the “guru” of prostitution in Columbus, Ohio.  He wrote reviews on prostitution services as well as advice on how not to get caught, reports NBC 4.

….. Upon hearing of the arrest, the organization, Catholic Democrats reacted saying that it is “sad news” that a “committed Catholic Democrat” has been arrested under such accusations.

McFadden who has been a supporter of John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama described his Catholic outreach in 2007 on the Buckeye State Blog as giving “a voice to Catholics so they can stand up and say, ‘I am a Catholic Democrat, and I’m proud and these are the principles that I believe in.’” (Ed. Note — CNA later revised this paragraph; See UPDATE below.)

Additionally, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and reached the 4th order.  Last year, he penned a letter to the Knights of Columbus asserting that Supreme Knight Carl Anderson was leading Catholics astray by suggesting that Catholics could not vote for pro-abortion candidates.

Before  getting to the fun part, let me remind you, despite the howls from the left, that the idea that Catholics can’t vote for a pro-abortion candidate is not a “suggestion.” It’s a requirement for staying in the good graces of God and the Church.

Now, to the fun part — Here is the Buckeye State Blog (BSB) post CNA (originally) referred to (for fair use and discussion purposes; saved here in case it “goes away”):




CNA did mess up by misinforming readers that McFadden himself actually posted at BSB (not true, unless he had other posts; I have e-mailed CNA and asked for a correction; 11:00 p.m. – CNA has corrected; See UPDATE below). But CNA more than made up for that slip by providing details of what McFadden did and how he did it that the AP, to name just one example, took no interest in. Parents, spouses, and others who read CNA’s dispatch will possibly be alert to similar future efforts by criminal creeps like McFadden, of whom, sad to say, there is no shortage.

More obviously, it’s sad that the BSB poster, who mirrored the post at a now-dormant blog, as well as other Democrats, placed so much “faith” in a guy who was so obviously promoting heresy even before his double life was exposed.

Then again, promoting heresy is what all supposedly Catholic politicians who say “I’m personally against abortion, but I’ll never vote to restrict it” are doing.

It should go without saying but I’ll say it anyway: I pray that McFadden rethinks his core beliefs, does his spiritual and societal penance with grace, and gets right with his Maker.


UPDATE, 11:00 p.m. (finished at 11:40 p.m).: CNA has revised the paragraph containing the original reference to Buckeye State Blog.

As noted above, it originally read as like this (now stored at host):

McFadden who has been a supporter of John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama described his Catholic outreach in 2007 on the Buckeye State Blog as giving “a voice to Catholics so they can stand up and say, ‘I am a Catholic Democrat, and I’m proud and these are the principles that I believe in.’”

Here is the revised version:

McFadden who has been a supporter of John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama described his Catholic outreach in 2007 to PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly as giving “a voice to Catholics so they can stand up and say, ‘I am a Catholic Democrat, and I’m proud and these are the principles that I believe in.’”

I appreciate CNA’s prompt correction. BSB should too, though gratitude has not usually been in plentiful supply there. Unless it occurred at another thread (which I doubt), McFadden never directly posted at BSB, nor was he ever interviewed by a BSB poster.

What remains, even separate from McFadden’s arrest, is that a BSB poster, much of his audience, and ultimately Ted Strickland, were all hoodwinked by the preachy party-line feel-goodness of an abortion heretic who claimed to be a legitimate Catholic. As noted above, this is not possible. Ordained minister Ted, of all people, should have known this.



  1. Amazing how Mark Foley became a household word in 48 hours after ABC ran a story and this story hasn’t caught on in any serious way outside the conservative blogosphere. Of course, the Enquirer’s Jon Craig hasn’t written a peep about it as of now. The Enquirer’s only reference was that woefully inept AP piece that didn’t identify his former job or former employer.

    Isn’t this the same Strickland that refused to vote to criticize a pro-pedophilia article in a trade journal that most other Members of Congress did? Isn’t this the same Strickland who hired in his taxpayer-funded Congressional office a guy who exposed himself to children, and then took him on a trip to Italy? Isn’t this the same Strickland on whose behalf the MSM in Ohio criticized Blackwell for bringing any of this up?

    Comment by Rob — January 16, 2009 @ 2:29 pm

  2. #1, to the questions in your second paragraph — yes, yes, and yes.

    Comment by TBlumer — January 16, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

  3. The post isn’t going anywhere, but kudos for being able to take a screenshot AND grab the HTML.

    Oh, and one last thing. Did you vote for Taft Blumer?

    Comment by David — January 16, 2009 @ 10:21 pm

  4. #3, this post doesn’t have to “go anywhere.” It’s getting along just fine right where it is.

    Who is this “Taft Blumer”? I Googled “Taft Blumer” in quotes and found a George Blumer, who was a physician of William Howard Taft from 1913-1923:


    Blumer was dean of the Yale Medical School, so some of the Taft-Blumer correspondence deals with the medical school and medical education.

    But I found no record of a “Taft Blumer” running for political office anywhere, let alone in Ohio.

    Perhaps you are interested in knowing what I thought of Bob Taft. I called on him to resign, one, two, three times. Did you?

    Comment by TBlumer — January 16, 2009 @ 10:59 pm

  5. #3, CNA has removed the reference to the BSB post at my suggestion.

    You can thank me any time now. …..

    Comment by TBlumer — January 16, 2009 @ 11:54 pm

  6. I think David left out a comma after Taft.

    One of the defining characteristics of leftists is the inability to recognize irony and hypocrisy in themselves, but the ability to find them in others when it does not exist. This is a classic example.

    Comment by Joe C. — January 17, 2009 @ 7:39 am

  7. #6, I know. I’m just having fun. :–>

    Comment by TBlumer — January 17, 2009 @ 8:14 am

  8. It’s the new math (2 + 2 = 4, not 5 just b/c you want it to), it’s driving all the liberals out of their mind.

    Comment by Rose — January 17, 2009 @ 2:58 pm

  9. Of course, CNA had to remove the BSB reference. It falsely implied that McFadden had been interviewed on BSB or posted there. As the post you linked to explicitly states, the information from BSB was provided by “Googling” Fadden’s name. Why would we scrub it? When have we scrubbed anything? There was absolutely nothing noteworthy to scrub? What would it have achieved other than removing our mentioning of his former appointment which he was later fired well before his arrest?

    You want to know why it’s not a newsstory? Because the guy wasn’t part of Strickland Administration anymore and the only thing his appointment added to the story was the secular’s world view of a religious person living an immoral life as being ironic. Never mind that to people of faith we all recognize that we all are weak in sin.

    Thanks for doing the right think and telling the CNA that the link to BSB was improper.

    However, isn’t it true that your party hsas done nothing about David Vitter? He’s still a U.S. Senator with full committee rights. I don’t even think he was so much as reprimanded by the Senate, now that I think about it. To me, that’s still a bigger story.

    Comment by Modern Esquire — January 19, 2009 @ 11:23 am

  10. #9, you’re welcome.

    What’s this “your party” crap? You should know better. I vote the person and their positions vs. other candidates, not party. Always have, always will.

    Your poster does say that a proabort guy who went so far as to demand the resignation of someone from a Columbus K of C for expressing the Church’s uncompromising position on voting for proabortion candidates looked like a pretty good pick as the go-to Faith Based Initiatives guy. I’m heartened that you and he are willing to live with and thus own up to that embarrassment.

    Perhaps you’ve learned that someone can’t pose as a legit Catholic and be proabort or support candidates who are. Thus, I anxiously await your confirmation of that understanding as you rip into Biden, Kennedy, Kerry, and others in the coming months as they try to ram the Freedom to Kill Babies Act down our throats.

    Comment by TBlumer — January 19, 2009 @ 11:56 am

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