(Politician, Senate candidate & millionaire)
OBAMA has always had good spies and know how to twist the law.
JACK RYAN is also notable as the 2004 Republican nominee for Senate in Illinois who was forced to drop out of the race after his wife alleged that he expressed a desire to have sex in public. Unsealed documents revealed allegations made by Jeri Lynn that Jack had encouraged her to enter sex clubs, although also asserting that they had not engaged in sexual activity. Jack denied these allegations and the Judge dismissed the allegations. Jack was ultimately awarded joint physical custody of their son. (Source: Los Angeles Superior Court, Custody Documents, Case No. BD 290 382).
His eventual replacement, Alan Keyes, would go on to lose the general election to Barack Obama.
| Democrat state Sen. Barack Obama will face Republican political
newcomer Jack Ryan, a former investment banker turned teacher, in
his bid to move up to the U.S. Senate. |
A LITTLE HISTORY , from CBS News National Correspondent Dean Reynolds
Obama won the Democratic Party senatorial primary after one of the leading candidates imploded in a mess of divorce papers strategically leaked ......
Obama then faced the Republican Party challenger, Jack Ryan, a tall, good-looking, wealthy guy who spent time teaching at inner city schools after making his fortune. Unfortunately for Ryan, he also spent time frequenting some shady bars in Paris where live sex acts were apparently part of the draw. Nor did it help that Ryan's ex-wife alleged that he urged her to participate in said acts when they were married.
Ryan, after first stating that he had no intention of withdrawing from the race, changed his mind and left after the party hierarchy abandoned him.
Then the party was left with no candidate and began plumbing the shallows for someone to run against Obama, who by then was something of a political rock star after his spectacular oration at the Democratic Party national convention in Boston. No one raised a hand.
The Illinois Republican Party has been in something of a valley for the past few years and it was no surprise that party chieftains had a hard time coming up with someone willing -- and able -- to make a race of it.
It turned out that no Republican from Illinois wanted to.
So the party looked ... and looked... and finally found somebody -- in Maryland.
Alan Keyes, the perennial presidential candidate. An African-American in the Clarence Thomas mold. Conservative and pro-life, Keyes could also give one heckuva speech. Unfortunately, very few people wanted to hear him.
THE EX WIFE & STAR TREK
RYAN married actress JERI RYAN in 1991; together they have a son, Alex Ryan, born August 15, 1994. They divorced in 1999 in California, and the records of the divorce were open but their custody documents were sealed at their mutual request.
|Cover up of MAXIM & JERI RYAN|
JERI LYNN ZIMMERMAN RYAN (born February 22, 1968) is an American actress best known for her roles as the liberated ("de-assimilated") Borg, Seven of Nine, on STAR TREK: VOYAGER (1997–2001) and Veronica "Ronnie" Cooke on Boston Public (2001–04). She was a regular on the science fiction series Dark Skies (1997) and the legal drama series Shark (2006–08). From 2011 to 2013, she starred as Dr. Kate Murphy in the ABC drama series Body of Proof and in 2009 she guest stared as Tara Cole on Leverage
|"Seven of Nine" and his usual work clothes|
Although Ryan mentioned in an interview for Star Trek that the frequent separations had been difficult for the marriage, the reasons for the divorce were kept sealed at their mutual request.
Ryan had at one point dated Star Trek: Voyager producer Brannon Braga. Between February and November 2000, they were stalked by Marlon Estacio Pagtakhan, who was convicted for harassment and threats in May 2001. According to Crime Stories, aired on the UK Crime channel on 05/07/2009, the stalker had letters stating that he was going to sexually assault Ryan and torture Braga.
When Jack Ryan's campaign for an open United States Senate seat in Illinois began in 2003, the Chicago Tribune newspaper and WLS-TV, the local ABC affiliate, sought to have his records released. Both Jeri and Jack agreed to make their divorce, but not custody, records public, saying their release could be harmful to their son.
SEX, SEAL, SON & STRANGE DECISION OF THE JUDGE
On June 18, 2004, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Schnider agreed to release the custody files. The decision generated much controversy because it went against both parents' direct request, and reversed the decision to seal the papers in the best interest of the child.
|Hon. Robert A. Schnider|
Los Angeles County Superior Court, Retired
It was revealed that six years earlier, Jeri had accused Jack Ryan of asking her to perform sexual acts with him in public, and in sex clubs in New York, New Orleans, and Paris. Jeri Ryan described one as "a bizarre club with cages, whips and other apparatus hanging from the ceiling." Jack Ryan denied these allegations.
In the files Jeri Ryan also revealed she had been having an affair with the producer of her TV show, Brannon Braga, which was unknown by Jack Ryan until he was served by an LA County sheriff with divorce papers. LASC Case Number BD 290 382. Ryan neither brought up her affair in the custody hearing, nor in defense during his campaign.
Ruling on a request brought by attorneys for the Tribune and WLS-TV, Superior Court Judge Robert Schnider acknowledged that the resulting publicity from the disclosure would be harmful to the couple's son, a key argument Ryan had raised in seeking to keep the documents from public view.
But Schnider said he had weighed the public interest of disclosure against the private interests of the Ryans and their child. "In the end," Schnider found, "the balance tips slightly to the public."
"They were aware they were in a public court system and protection from embarrassment cannot be a basis for keeping from the public what's put in public courts," said Schnider, referring to Ryan and his ex-wife, actress Jeri Lynn Ryan. Additionally, Schnider said, "the openness of court files must be maintained, so that the public ... can be assured that there is no favoritism shown to the rich and the powerful."
Schnider ruled that allegations the Ryans made against each other in their 1999 divorce would be released, though documents directly pertaining to the welfare of the couple's 9-year-old son would remain under seal. He acknowledged that in approving the release of the documents, "the nature of publicity generated will become known to the child and have a deleterious effect on the child."
The judge did not elaborate on the nature of the allegations.
The following week, on April 2, 2004, Barack Obama formally established his position about the Ryans' soon-to-be-released divorce records, and called on Democrats not to inject them into the campaign. The Ryan campaign characterized Obama's stance as hypocritical, because people they alleged to be Obama's backers had been emailing reports about the divorce records prior to Judge Schnider's decision, and urging the press to seek to open them
Although Jeri Ryan only made a brief statement, and she refused to comment on the matter during the campaign, the document disclosure led Jack Ryan to withdraw his candidacy; his main opponent, Barack Obama, then won the 2004 United States Senate election in Illinois.
+ Statement of JERI RYAN:
"We maintain a good relationship and I consider Jack a friend. In response to the rumors that have been circulating, there was never any physical abuse in our marriage--either to myself or to our son--nor, to my knowledge, was he ever unfaithful to me. Jack is a good man, a loving father, and he shares a strong bond with our son. I wish him all the best, both in his life and career. I have no doubt that he will make an excellent senator."
+ Mr RYAN said:
In a radio interview.... , Mr. Ryan called the uproar over his marital dispute ''a new low for politics.''
''I think my character has been proven by this,'' he said. ''There's no breaking of any laws. There's no breaking of any marriage laws. There's no breaking of the Ten Commandments anywhere. And so I think if that's the worst people can say about me in the heat of a difficult dispute, I think it speaks very well about my character.''
Subsequent to his withdrawal from the U.S. Senate race in Illinois, Jack Ryan has characterized what happened to him as a "new low for politics in America".
According to Ryan, it was unprecedented in American politics for a newspaper to sue for access to sealed custody documents. Ryan opposed unsealing the divorce records of Senator John Kerry during Kerry's race against George W. Bush in 2004, and Kerry's divorce records remained sealed. Ryan has made the following request: "let me be the only person this has happened to. Don’t ask for Ted Kennedy’s. Don’t ask for John McCain’s. Don’t ask for Joe Lieberman’s. Just stop. This is not a good precedent for American society if you really want the best and brightest to run."
Would you like Obama and his friends know your secrets?
Who does the law protect?
Obama, he in fact does know the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars.
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