Virginia Republican Legislator Says Wife Denied Sex Because Of Ultrasound Bill

Republican David Albo has represented one of the wealthier sections of Fairfax County, Virginia for nearly 20 years now. Yesterday, he took to the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates and said that his co-sponsorhip of Virginia’s ultrasound bill had some rather personal consequences:

State Del. David Albo (R-Fairfax Station) was addressing the House of Delegates Friday when he described his failed seduction of his wife Tuesday night. Albo had driven home from Richmond following debate on the bill, which would have required women to have a transvaginal ultrasound procedure before receiving an abortion. (Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced this week that he and Republican lawmakers reached a deal to make the transvaginal procedure optional instead of mandated.)

Albo’s remarks — which he delivered with laughter — were aimed in particular at that TV-talking colleague, Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria), a leading opponent of the bill.

“Boy’s in bed, wife’s here, TV, poured some red wine,” Albo said of how he began the night.

Albo then attempted to play some “mood music” for his fellow lawmakers to help explain how he tried to entice his wife. House members were laughing as Albo received assistance from another lawmaker in putting on the music.

The next step in his seduction plan: He went to turn on the Redskins Channel to help put his wife in the mood for love. Apparently, his wife loves the Washington football team.

On the way to his Redskins seduction, Albo found a news channel that mentioned his name in the context of the ultrasound bill. On Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC, Englin was discussing the ultrasound bill.

Unfortunately for Albo, he and his wife stopped to watch the show — and his warm bed turned into a cold shower.

“The show’s over, and she looks at me and says, ‘I have to go to bed,'” Albo recounted to further laughter.

He then directly addressed a chuckling Englin.

“If the gentleman’s plan was to make sure there was one less Republican in the world, he did,” Albo said. “I expect an apology from him later in person on the House floor.”

You really have to see the speech to believe it:

Something tells me that it was a chilly night in the Albo household last night as well.

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  1. Jim Henley says:
  2. PogueMahone says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen – Let’s hear it for the modern, principled Republican.

  3. sam says:

    @Jim Henley:

    Yeah, it would take an Aristophanes to really do justice to these asshats.

  4. Nikki says:

    These are the geniuses legislating women’s reproductive health.

  5. “Virginia Republican Legislator Says Wife Denied Sex Because Of Ultrasound Bill”


  6. Jim Henley says:



    “And my freshly whipped cream deflated and the hamster fell plumb asleep!”

  7. Stuff like this is why I am dubious of the notion that we would all be better off if the state legislatures had more power…

  8. James in LA says:

    How old are these guys? Are they all man-children, like W before them? It certainly explains the hopeless case of the busy-bodies, this inability to emotionally age past 13.

  9. DRS says:

    And of course, when she finds out it’s now part of the legislative record, she might have some more opinions he won’t be anxious to hear….

  10. merl says:

    His looks and technique could be a big part of the problem.

  11. Tillman says:
  12. MarkedMan says:

    This guy’s wife is angry at him because he introduced a bill she considers grossly disrespectful of women. His response? A giggling teenage level skit about it on the senate floor. Talk about reinforcing the stereotype‚Ķ

  13. Jim Henley says:

    @Tillman: Pwnd. (Check my link in very first comment. <g>)

  14. Tillman says:

    Yeah, I saw. Figured I’d link to TV Tropes anyway.