The Ted Haggard Affair
From the Rocky Mountain News article we have,
Embattled minister Ted Haggard this morning admitted receiving a massage from the Denver man who claims to have exchanged sex for money with the Colorado Springs church leader for three years.
From a local news source,
Haggard says he bought the meth from a gay escort, 49-year-old Michael Jones, after contacting him for a massage.
Haggard says he never used the meth and instead threw it away.
However, Haggard could not remember where he threw the meth away.
According to Haggard, he met with Jones in a Denver hotel room.
Haggard admitted it was his voice on the voice mail messages left on Jones’ phone.
Haggard is claiming he bought the meth out of curiousity–i.e. temptation–but that he never used it. However, as Ed Brayton points out the phone conversation doesn’t seem to fit this story,
“Hi Mike, this is Art. Hey, I was just calling to see if we could get any more. Either $100 or $200 supply. And I could pick it up really anytime I could get it tomorrow or we could wait till next week sometime and so I also wanted to get your address.”
I agree with Brayton that it sounds more like a guy going to his regular supplier looking for a refill. So the idea that he bought meth out of curiousity and didn’t use it is indeed highly suspect. This in turn leads me to question the veracity of the rest of the statements by Haggard concerning the sexual activity.
My guess is that the allegations are substantially true even though Jones did fail the polygraph test (note that the examiner for the test felt that the stress and lack of food and sleep could make the test results questionable).
UPDATE (James Joyner): Confirmation on the meth:
The Rev. Ted Haggard, the former president of the National Association of Evangelicals and one of the nation’s most influential Christian leaders, admitted today that he had purchased the illegal drug methamphetamine from a gay escort in Denver, but denied that he ever had sex with the man.
And, frankly, polygraphs don’t mean squat.