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Rubbergate and chickaboomer

February 10, 2009 - Jim Anderson
In early 1992, U.S. Rep. Bob Davis, R-Gaylord, walked into our newspaper office, hat in hand, to explain his role in the House banking scandal. Davis was one of 22 members of Congress singled out by the House Ethics Committee for frequently having their checking accounts overdrawn. Davis came to mind the other day because — compared to some of today’s Washington/Wall Street outrages — “Rubbergate” was small potatoes. In Davis’ case, it amounted to a bunch of short-term interest-free loans. But it punctured his 14-year congressional career. With an eye on the polls, Davis didn’t seek re-election in November 1992. Many readers may recall Davis’ third wife, Marty, who created a stir by posing in leotards in 1985. The photo ended up being published worldwide. Marty and the congressman were divorced in 1989. She later remarried, but is still known in the media world as Marty Davis. And, I learned today, since 2007 she’s been running a blog called “chickaboomer.” It’s no Huffington Post.


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