Friday, June 3, 2005
Republicans prefer bloggers?
According to this Wired News story, the fired "staff ass" -- as men in DC rudely call the entry-level "staff assistants" in the various politicans' offices -- has converted her 15 minutes of blog fame into a "novel, a roman à clef called (what else?) The Washingtonienne, was published June 1 by Hyperion:"
[Jennifer] Cutler was working in obscurity in the mail room of Republican Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine last year when she was outed on the web as the author of The Washingtonienne -- an explicit sex confessional that briefly made some of the juiciest gossip on Capitol Hill [and retrieved by someone from his Internet Explorer cache for our full, unedited reading pleasure].
Cutler lost her job and left D.C. But she seems to have landed on her feet, converting her 15 minutes of Monica Lewinsky-style infamy into a six-figure book deal and a nude spread in Playboy. Her novel, a roman à clef called (what else?) The Washingtonienne, was published June 1 by Hyperion.
While Cutler was careful to only use initials for all the Republicans she slept with, and then wrote about in her blog, one seems to have outed himself via a lawsuit!
On May 16, Robert Steinbuch, a staff attorney for DeWine, filed a federal invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Cutler, identifying himself as the "R.S." of Cutler's blog, citing her written references to his "spanking and hair pulling" during their bedroom antics and claiming to be a victim of her writerly ambition, resulting in "humiliation and anguish beyond that which any reasonable person should be expected to bear in a decent and civilized society."