Stormie Janzen, Sessions Aide and Former Blogger
Hotline’s Blogometer reports on the sad case of a congressional staffer’s free expression being squelched.
Montgomery Advertiser reports, Stormie Janzen, an aide to Sen. Sessions, shut down her MySpace blog after the office received a complaint about “a provocative photo of her bare midriff in unzipped jeans” on the site.
Having an interest in Alabama, the United States Senate, blogging, and (depending on the subject) provocative photos, this required further investigation. Here’s the Advertiser story:
Sessions’ aide revealed on sexy Internet diary
An aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions agreed Friday to shut down her Web diary, which included a provocative photo of her bare midriff in unzipped jeans, after the office heard about a complaint, the senator’s spokesman said. Stormie Janzen would not speak to a reporter Friday, but the blog indicated she was logged onto the site Friday morning during Senate business hours.
The Montgomery Advertiser on Thursday received an e-mail about Janzen’s blog on MySpace.com, a popular site that allows users to post details about their lives and to connect with friends. By Friday afternoon, the photo was taken down and entry to parts of Janzen’s site were restricted to “blog owner friends only.”
Janzen, 34, who describes herself as “single, straight and a Scorpio,” did not appear to use the blog to comment on congressional business. She entered observations on dating, hanging out with girlfriends, and one of her biggest turn-ons — men in button-fly jeans. But the photo of Janzen’s midriff in open jeans, with her hands curved on her lap and the waistband of her underwear showing, attracted a lot of attention and comments from visitors.
Janzen said on the site she graduated from the University of South Alabama in Mobile in 1994. She is a scheduler, arranging meetings between the senator and constituents, and was paid $64,139 between Oct. 1, 2004, and Sept. 30, 2005, according to the secretary of the Senate.
I can see where a conservative Senator might not want sexy pictures of his staffers on the Internet. Still, it’s a shame to deprive the world of Janzen’s thoughts on such weighty matters.
Update: The thong in question.
So far, that’s the only photo I’m coming up with.