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Chuck Tanner, popular Pirates manager, dies at 82

Chuck Tanner, the popular manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ most recent championship in 1979, died today, just days before his beloved team was about to open spring training, which he often excitedly called “the best time of the year!”

Mr. Tanner was a lifelong resident of New Castle, where he died at his home in hospice care after a long illness. He was 82.

He will be best remembered for overseeing the Pirates’ World Series triumph against the Baltimore Orioles, taking the final three games after trailing the best-of-seven series, 3-1. That group adopted the Sister Sledge song, “We are Family,” and, while first baseman Willie Stargell was the clubhouse leader, Mr. Tanner was its father figure.

Mr. Tanner’s mother died in New Castle before Game 5, just as that series looked darkest, and Mr. Tanner told his players: “My mother is a great Pirates fan. She knows we’re in trouble, so she went upstairs to get some help.”

Kent Tekulve, that team’s closer, recalled the scene on that Sunday morning at Three Rivers Stadium.

“We knew Chuck as our manager, but we also knew how close he was to his family,” Mr. Tekulve said. “We knew this was a powerful loss, and we’re sitting there in the clubhouse not knowing what to say to the man. And most of us, we were pretty good at having something to say. It was a brash group. Not this time.”

Then, Mr. Tanner entered and said his brief piece.

“We’re all sitting there feeling sorry for him,” Mr. Tekulve continued. “Well, that gives you a focal point. It’s still not going to be easy, but, all of a sudden, all this other stuff didn’t seem so important. We could just go out and play ball.”

True to Mr. Tanner’s annual exclamations about spring training, hope always seemed to spring eternal in his world, according to those who knew him best. He was unfailingly upbeat, smiling and offering hugs rather than handshakes to those who greeted him.

“I played for a lot of managers in my time, and I never knew anyone who treated people like Chuck,” former reliever Grant Jackson said. “He’s a man I’ll never forget, because the things he taught me will always be with me.”

“Chuck was a people person,” former catcher Manny Sanguillen said.

Mr. Tanner’s effect resonated with current players, as well.

“From the moment I met the man, he made me feel like I was on his team, like he was rooting for me,” second baseman Neil Walker, a Gibsonia native said. “When I was toiling in the minors, I had doubts in myself. But he was a person who forced me to believe in myself, he wouldn’t let me get down.”

Mr. Walker paused.

“He was the leader of a big family and, in his own way, he was still continuing to manage by guiding all the young ballplayers who would sit and talk to him. In spring training, he’d come into a room, and he would command attention just by his presence. What I remember his message being most was to believe in yourself. He also said that you had to have a pride in what you did, in how you carried yourself and played the game. That sticks with me, every single day that I play this game.”

A 10-letter standout in baseball, basketball and football while at Shenango High School — where the baseball field is now named for him — Mr. Tanner reached the major leagues as a player in grand fashion: He homered in his first at-bat April 12, 1955, with the Milwaukee Braves, and he did so on the first pitch, just the second player in baseball history to achieve that.

Mr. Tanner’s career as an outfielder spanned 1955 to 1962, also including stints with the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels, batting .261 with 21 home runs in 396 games.

But his greatest impact on the sport, by far, came in managing four major-league teamsfrom 1970 to 1988, beginning with the Chicago White Sox, then a year with the Oakland Athletics. The Pirates acquired Mr. Tanner in a trade involving a manager — only the second in major-league history — from Oakland for catcher Manny Sanguillen. He remained in Pittsburgh until 1985, after which he finished his managerial career with three seasons in Atlanta.

Mr. Tanner’s overall managerial record was 1,352-1,381, and it was 711-685 with the Pirates. That victory total ranks third on the franchise’s all-time list. Only Fred Clarke (1,422), Danny Murtaugh (1,115) and Jim Leyland (851) had more victories.

Among Mr. Tanner’s many memorable quotes about his profession is this: “I don’t think a manager should be judged by whether he wins the pennant, but by whether he gets the most out of the twenty-five men he’s been given.”

Mr. Tanner’s death touched people around the world of baseball.

Bud Selig, Major League Baseball’s commissioner, issued a statement: “Chuck spent his life serving baseball in a variety of roles, and I am particularly glad that in recent years he returned to the Pirates, the club with which he will be forever linked. I extend my deepest sympathy to Chuck’s sons and the entire Tanner family, as well as to his many fans in Pittsburgh and throughout our game.”

“Rest in Peace Chuck Tanner,” the legendary former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda posted on his Twitter account. “I loved you like a brother. You taught me a lot about managing, and I always appreciated it.”

Most of Mr. Tanner’s time at the Pirates’ helm was successful, with six winning seasons out of the nine, plus the championship. But it ended badly, with the team finishing the 1985 season 57-104 and several of its players dragged into what became known as the Pittsburgh Drug Trials for baseball. Seven men — all outside the team — were convicted of selling drugs to baseball players, many of whom testified in exchange for immunity.

Mr. Tanner testified he had no more than cursory knowledge of such drug issues, but Dale Berra, a shortstop at the time, contradicted that by testifying that Mr. Tanner warned him to stay away from drug dealers.

The Pirates fired Mr. Tanner and, as he would later state, “I would’ve fired myself.”

After managing in Atlanta, Mr. Tanner spent 11 years in the Milwaukee Brewers’ baseball operations, then five in Cleveland. But — and this tells maybe more about Mr. Tanner’s allegiance than any tale — he often wore a Pirates cap through his time scouting for the Indians.

When Frank Coonelly became the Pirates’ president in late 2007 and Neal Huntington the new general manager, among Mr. Huntington’s first moves was righting that wrong and hiring Mr. Tanner as a senior advisor.

Mr. Tanner had an active role in his first two years on that job, attending top-level meetings with Mr. Huntington’s staff and lending his voice to key personnel decisions. He also was a fixture at spring training in Bradenton, Fla., roaming from field to field and offering first-hand assessments of players. That contribution diminished along with his health in the past year, but he remained in constant touch with the Pirates.

Mr. Huntington has lost both his senior advisors — Bill Lajoie died in late December at age 76 — in the past two months.

“Chuck was a truly special man who gave so much of himself to those with whom he came in contact,” Mr. Huntington said. “My early memories of the Pirates organization are of Chuck’s teams, the way they played the game and the genuine affection they seemed to have for each other. This made an impression on me and never did I imagine that I would have a chance to work with Chuck himself.”

Anytime Mr. Tanner was introduced to a crowd at PNC Park, most recently with the reunion of the 1979 team two years ago, he was greeted with the loudest ovation.

“Chuck was a class act who always carried himself with grace, humility and integrity,” Mr. Coonelly said. “While no one had a sharper baseball mind, Chuck was loved by his players and the city of Pittsburgh because he was always positive, enthusiastic and optimistic about his Bucs and life in general.”

“Chuck always took a bit of extra time to pull me aside, put his arm around my neck and tell me what was was going well, and what was going wrong,” team owner Bob Nutting said. “His passion for the game and for the Pirates ran through every conversation we had. He set a high bar, he expected much from me and the organization, and he reinforced my personal commitment to restore the Pirates to their historic greatness.”

A month after Mr. Tanner served as an honorary coach in the 2006 All-Star Game at PNC Park, he was devastated by the death of his wife Barbara — “my best friend,” as he called her — that August. But he was back at work before long, along with the familiar smile.

Mr. Tanner is survived by four sons: Mark, Gary, Brent and Bruce.

“The Tanner family would like to express their sincere thanks to friends, fans, and the entire baseball community for their thoughts and prayers during Chuck’s recent illness,” said Bruce Tanner, formerly a coach with the Pirates and now a scout with the Detroit Tigers. “He will forever be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather to his family, and a good friend to every life he touched. In baseball we will remember his eternal optimism and his passion for the game.”

The Pirates and the Tanner family have asked that, in lieu of flowers, contributions are made to The Chuck Tanner “We Are Family” Fund’ c/o Pirates Charities, 115 Federal St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. The fund will annually present an award to the Pirates’ minor-league employee who best exemplifies Mr. Tanner’s enthusiasm.

There will be a public viewing for Mr. Tanner at the Cunningham Funeral Home in New Castle next Tuesday, 4-7 p.m.


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Amber Rose & Cassie Trade Nude Pics, Rihanna’s “S&M” Tantrum: Fact Or Fiction, Rick Ross Is Still The Boss

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1. The Candy Shop

Doggies, I know the majority of y’all are like me and have a sweet tooth for T&A but this week was like getting that golden ticket into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. LOL. I mean, Amber Rose’s nude pics leaking on the Internet and now you got Diddy/Cassie sh*t floating around as well? SMFH. Somebody lost, BIG TIME! Let’s just jump right into things and get the water boiling b/c Amber Rose stole the show, in my opinion, with these pictures.

Kanye West‘s curvy former girlfriend Amber Rose is in the center of a naked photo scandal as explicit pictures leak online purportedly showing her both topless and completely nude. The racy photos — posted by the adult website worldstarhiphop.com on Tuesday — show several photos of a woman with her breasts exposed through her clothes; other images show her completely naked.

Amber Rose

^ F*CK YOU WORLD STAR HIP HOP! LMFAO!!! J/K. But on some real sh*t, doggies. How the h*ll do they end up getting this? I mean, even when Trina had those nasty a** pics that leaked on the Internet last year, WSHH had them as well. That’s just some stone cold sh*t. No wonder 5-0 Cent tried to get credit for taking them down……for 2 HOURS. LMFAO!!!! Now that y’all got watery eyes over Amber Rose, let’s take a glimpse at Cassie.

Cassie & Diddy (Nude Photos)

There has been all kinds of speculation as to whether and what the nature of Diddy and Cassie’s relationship. Well according to a ROCK SOLID MTO snitch, Diddy is “head over heels” in love with Cassie. And well, the below pic, certainly shows them all loved up. Congrats to Diddy for finding LOVE in his life. And Cass seems happy too . . . so congrats to her also.

^ SMFH. Call me crazy, doggies, but WTF? Clearly Puffles has no idea that this makes him look like R. Kelly. Clearly. But besides all that, I got to say, I’m not totally convinced. Yeah, Media Take Out tried to fake us out with some blurry spots but I don’t know. Doesn’t it look like she is rocking some granny panties? LOL. I mean, didn’t Diddy have more extreme photos for his KING/Unforgivable fragrances? SMFH.

Now as far as side by side comparisons, let’s not bullsh*t each other. Amber Rose’s sh*t clearly wins but let’s analyze it real quick. Self-photo snaps? SMH. Nude? She played it smart and y’all doggies want to know how? First off, she didn’t take any shots with her p*ssy spread out like Cassie had done a couple years ago, so clearly this was some intentional sh*t. Secondly, by only showing off her t*tties, this is no worse than what we saw when she was on the beach with Kanye West a few years ago. F*ck a third reason, y’all should get the idea by now. This has to be one of the worst publicity stunts I’ve seen in a minute. OK, we get that she went from Kanye West’s d*ck to Wiz Khalifa‘s one-hit d*ck. But I mean, d*mn, having to leak this sh*t out? Funny thing is I bet she sent it to a friend and was “surprised” that they some how, some way ended up across the Internet. F*ck outta here. Something don’t smell right doggies, y’all be the judges.

2. Money Talks, Bullsh*t Walks

Doggies, just because I would have sexual relations with Rihanna doesn’t mean I believe every thing she is saying and promoting. SMH. I thought that her “S&M” music video was more PG than X-treme in my opinion so for all this fussing about a video that only has controversy over her not even deep throating a banana? SMFH. WTF? But what I started realizing with all of this “outrage” is that some of it is bullsh*t, if not all of it. LOL.

“RT @loveririforever @rihanna no….. its tue boo :/ in ma country is blocked…. youtube says that only the ppl more than 18 can see it :/ … @loveririforever not true, they watched Umbrella…I was full nude…U can now view the S&M video on www.Rihannanow.com UNFLAGGED!!!,” she tweeted February 1st.

“@ciarastan4life WATCH S&M on RihannaNow.com NOW”

“#crackyowhip #RihannaNavy WE NEED S&M TO CRACK TOP 10 ON U.S. ITUNES NOW!!! BUY IT HERE!!! @Rihanna – S&M – itun.es/iFm7RB #iTunes-2” (Rihanna’s Twitter)

^ SMFH. Doesn’t this make y’all feel like she is bullsh*tting? Like, is she acting surprised? And personally, if she was real serious, she’d be absent from Twitter for a few days and handling that sh*t. Seriously.

Rihanna

“S&M,” Rihanna’s latest single, has had its title changed to “Come On” on the U.K.’s BBC Radio 1, and the singer is apparently not happy about the censorship from across the pond. “Are you f*cking kidding me??? I’m on it!” Rihanna posted on Twitter today (Feb. 6) after she was informed of the change; when a fan asked if she was okay with the title situation, the pop star wrote, “Absolutely NOT!!!” Island Def Jam did respond to a request for comment at press time. (Billboard)

^ “……are you f*cking kidding me???” SMFH. F*ck outta here with her candy a**, doggies. I don’t buy it for a second. But I won’t lie, doggies, finding out she jacked the sh*t out of Dave LaChappelle was funny as h*ll.

The alleged racy and plagiarized scenes begin with Rihanna walking her ‘dog’ Perez Hilton. The Barbadian pop artist is dressed in late and has the gossip blogger on a leash. However, in 2002 David LaChapelle took a picture for Vogue, representing a woman who is dressed in the same way as Rihanna, who also walks her leashed ‘dog’ who is actually a man. In another scene Rihanna is a pink striped room with other girls. She is wearing a big red afro wig and they are all dancing on furniture. In a photo titled ‘Striped Face,’ LaChapelle represents several girls in a pink striped room, wearing big red afro wigs while dancing on furniture. Does it ring a bell? (Suite 101)

^ SMFH. I’m calling it, doggies. Just like Kanye West had us fooled thinking that getting “Banned” was such a big deal, looks like Rihanna is trying to make us think all this f*ckery going on with her video is an outrage. SMFH.

3. Doggy of the Week: Rick Ross

Doggies, I’ve been telling y’all since 2009 that Rick Ross ain’t the one you want to be f*cking with in a bad way. LOL. Easily one of the hottest rappers out right now and most, if not all, of y’all doggies are finally starting to “get it.” Look at how many got d*mn co-signs this fat a** doggy has. Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, T.I., Jadakiss, Lil Wayne, sh*t, Game, Fat Joe, I mean, the list goes on, and on, and on. But all of that to the side, doggies, just look at the past seven days. Turns out doggy’s Maybach Music Group ain’t just signing artists, but about to get signed its d*mn self. Roc Nation? Interscope? Cash Money? WTF?! And if that wasn’t enough to give Ross the “Doggy of the Week” nod, then look at his latest signings. Wale? Meek Mill? SMH. D*mn, Wiz Khalifa, you might have f*cked up if it wasn’t for that d*mn “Black & Yellow.” LOL. To top it all off, Ross, the real Rick Ross, is showing how d*mn thirsty he is to take-down “The Boss.” LOL! Give it up, doggy!

1. We Want You, Doggy

Rick Ross50 Cent, Diddy & Jay-Z (Forbes)

Apparently, all the powermove business talk Rozay teased me with in Miami rings true. Besides the impending signings of Wale (I heard the deal went through yesterday, but now I can’t get anyone to confirm) and Meek Mill to his imprint, he’s being courted by the music industry’s bosses for MMG. Inside sources have told me the players include: Jay-Z’s Roc Nation/Sony; Birdman’s CMB; Lyor Cohen and the good folks at Warner; and Diddy and Iovine at Interscope. Wait, no Def Jam? The tone arm’s gonna let their heavyweight plant is flag somewhere else without a fight? Hmm. I’d advise against that Antonio. Ha!

^ LOL. Say what y’all want, but it’s clear. Rick Ross is in demand. I mean, a d*mn bidding war for a RAP LABEL in 2011?!?! LOL! D*mn, I thought those all ended after Drake caught the pressure and inked with Universal Motown. LOL.

2. Welcome To The Team, Doggies

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“EVERYONE WELCOME @MEEKMILL TO THE EMPIRE!!! #MMG,” Ross tweeted.

With the Maybach Music Group still in a middle of a bidding war, the man himself, Wale has confirmed that he officially inked his deal with Rozay’s empire, but is still being managed by Roc Nation. Congrats!

^ WTF? Is recruiting dope a** lyrical rappers the new trend in rap these days? I mean, d*mn. You got Eminem and Slaughterhouse/Yelawolf, Jay-Z and J.Cole/Jay Electronica and now Rick Ross and Meek Mill/Wale? SMFH. Rap is actually looking like it might be alive again, doggies.

3. Will The Real Doggy Please Stand Up

Rick Ross & Freeway Ricky RossLegal Gavel

“I was willing to go all the way to the Supreme Court when I fought it the first time,” he added. “I’m not afraid of courts. I fought ’em from a jail cell, when you have to sleep on the floor and they wake you up at three in the morning, [where] you sleep on a concrete floor, next to a steel toilet with piss on it… So if I can do that, now I can walk inside the courtroom, and sit on a cushioned bench. They dealing with a different animal. I’m a different animal than most of the people walking the street now.”

^ SMFH. Call me a sick son of a doggy, doggies b/c this is such a f*cking non-boss mentality. Admitting your weaknesses in an attempt to sound strong? SMFH. You lose, Freeway Ricky Ross. The fact you’re admitting you’ve been through h*ll and have yet to crack Rick Ross’ pockets for some loose change is f*cking silly. You’d have a better shot at having Game cough up $50K for his name “The Game” being a reference to you handling business in The Drug Game. LOL. It’s up for debate, but doggies, Freeway looks straight b*tch-made complaining like this. LOL.

4. Mrs. Butterworths: Jeny Romero & Bernice Burgos

Doggies, I’m making history all by my d*mn self. LOL. Blame it on the alcohol Pulse Report from last week, b/c those Nvus Twins had me twisted but I had to do it again. Now this week might not have twins, well, in “that” kind of way, LOL, but I couldn’t turn down an opportunity to feature two former Mrs. Butterworths together. It brings me great pleasure, LITERALLY, to re-introduce y’all thirsty a** doggies to Jeny Romero and Bernice Burgos. Truly the best of both worlds. Doggies, y’all owe me. Oh, and it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t give a big shout-out to TheDynastySeries.com for the hook-up! These photos are hot, hot, hot!!!

Jeny Romero & Bernice BurgosJeny Romero & Bernice Burgos

Jeny Romero & Bernice BurgosJeny Romero & Bernice Burgos

Jeny Romero & Bernice BurgosJeny Romero & Bernice Burgos

^ LOL. I dare a motherf*cking doggy to pop sh*t off on these picks. This is better than the Green Bay/Pittsburgh match-up right here doggies.

5. “STFU” Honors

LMFAO!!! Doggies, we have some brand spanking new inductees this week as we welcome Lil Jon for thinking people underestimate him because he’s a rapper…now a CRUNK A** WILD YEEEAAAAH, WHHHATTTTTT, OKAAAAAAY doggy, Uncle Luke for trying to put on for his city as mayor but still holding a hard-on for sex-related topics, Maino for trying to defend running up on a teenager. LMFAO. Ah man, doggies, we don’t stop there either. Following those three doggies, we’re gonna go to T-Pain who is having a T-Meltdown and lastly….SMFH….we’re gonna end this sh*t with a rapping model that clearly doesn’t know d*ck about rating doggies. Still not sure what you’re reading? Doggies, welcome to the motherf*cking “SHUT THE F*CK UP” Honors section!

1. Lil Jon

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People think, ‘Oh, I don’t need to worry about him,’ and they underestimate me because I am a rapper,” Jon explained in an interview. “They’re not realizing I have a vast knowledge in all types of business and I am a real threat…I’m not just a rapper, and the music business has made me built for the kinds of challenges we do on the show. The hours we have to keep — I am in the studio from noon until 5 in the morning. I am used to working long hours with no sleep. Everyone on the show looked at me like, ‘He isn’t going to be able to do this,’ and I proved them wrong.

2. Uncle Luke

Uncle LukeVideo Vixen

Even though all my stripper friends are gonna be mad at me, I think we can stimulate the economy with a tax on strippers. They make all this money and don’t pay taxes. I’d take that cash and put it into a fund where it supports youth athletics for girls like cheerleading or softball. Or it can go to help pay for existing little girls programs that are struggling to get government assistance.”

3. Maino

MAINO | DJ GREEN LANTERN | INVASION SHOW from Executive Nick on Vimeo.

I just wanted to have a conversation with her because you know people sometimes see rappers or artists and they think, sometimes, they ‘need’ to say certain things about them,” Maino added. “Maybe you not a Maino fan but at the same time I’m a human. I’m just minding my business. Now I could see if I was in the store being out of pocket but I think I handled that with humility. I think I was a gentleman about it. I actually spoke to her like she was my little sister. It was more or less like, ‘You don’t really have to do that. You don’t have to be that way.’ … I thought it was interesting that she was doing it and didn’t know that I knew. All I did was turn around, walk a couple more steps to her and said, ‘How you doing? I know that you’re [tweeting] about me. But you don’t really got to do that. You’re a little girl and I’m a grown man.’

4. T-Pain

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“Since nobody wants to respect this form of art that you all say we “love” so much, I’m just gonna go ahead and start leakin the album myself tonight. well maybe I shouldn’t rant but everybody was lookin at me strange when I said I didn’t wanna drop my album, it’s not that album sales weren’t doin good for hip hop and rnb, it just felt like no one respected “music” anymore. You know what, you guys enjoy the post game and I’ll find my own ways to take care of my family. Oh and bty the “I Am T-Pain” Toy Microphone is comin in June (google that). To all the hackers and leakers thanks for showin interest in my music but I feel like I’ve been taken advantage of when I’m just tryin to let ppl know what’s goin on with my music and then you audio highjack it for your own amusement I would have been happier if you would have just waited to get a better quality version of the song but it’s cool its pretty much my fault anyways, so for the most part y’all can suck a fart out of a homeless mans a**.”

5. Somaya Reece

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I wouldn’t want to be with [Wayne] on any romantic level but a 10 for his work ethic and he’s got a lot of style. He’s not my type at all. I would say 7. Jay-Z is in the 7 category. I don’t know. He’s not my style. [Eminem] 10. He’s so fine and adorable. [Pitbull and T.I.] 10. [T.I.’s] handsome and he seems to be like a gentleman. [Rick Ross?] Uh, zero. Girl, I don’t like his beard. I don’t really care if you’re a big guy but the beard looks like it’s gonna itch my face. That’s all…[Kanye West,] he’s a handsome guy. Hmm… 9. He’s really cute. Crazy, but that doesn’t stop him from being handsome. 50 Cent is not cute to me, but I’m so attracted to his business ethic over anyone. I would say 10 on business ethic alone. Probably an 8. He’s not ugly. He’s not my type though at all. [Waka?] Oh, God. You know what? Let me give Rick Ross a five and Waka a zero for this one. Rick is winning this one right now [laughs]. [Wiz Khalifa?] He’s not my type at all. He’s a 7. I hope these guys don’t get pissed off at me! [Yelawolf?] 20! He really is a 20 with his fine a**!”

***D*mn doggies, how do we go from the Super Bowl last weekend to some wack a** Grammy Awards this Sunday? LOL. I guess it’s just me, b/c if y’all want to know, the Grammys is set-up like h*ll. The hot artists like Rick Ross and Young Jeezy don’t ever get nominated anyway, so WTF? Anyway, in two weeks we got the NBA All-Star Weekend coming up in LA. Y’all heading out there, let me know. Still trying to get tickets. Actually, don’t let me know, I don’t want y’all to get some doggies hitting you up acting like they’re me. LOL. Aight doggies, it’s cold as h*ll out here and it’s the weekend. Catch y’all on the flip side. PS…I got money saying Eminem wins five or more trophies this weekend. –BB***

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Details emerge on woman in Lee scandal – WIVB

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Details continue to surface about the Maryland woman who triggered Lee’s quick resignation.

While she initially didn’t reveal her identity, she has now identified herself as a 34 year old single mom from the DC area.

She is a faculty specialist for the University of Maryland who is supposedly shocked at how a casual online flirtation exploded into a national scandal.

Friday, politicians across the country continue to grapple with the fallout from the photo.

Her name is Yesha Callahan, the formerly anonymous single mother whose Craigslist ad inspired Congressman Chris Lee to tell her he was a divorced lobbyist, and send her a topless muscle photo of himself.

The revelation led to his resignation in record time.

Lee was ready to take on Washington back in 2008.

With his family by his side, the political newcomer was all smiles after his big win.

He campaigned for months against democrat Alice Kryzen.

During the race, he was forced to defend himself after it was learned he was fired from Ingram Micro for altering account information.

Former Congressman Chris Lee said, “I made a mistake 20 years ago, which I owned up at the time. I’ve gone on and have a very successful career and I want to take what I’ve learned over the last 20 years, and apply it to Washington.”

News 4 is now learning that accusations of inappropriate behavior involving women have trailed Lee since he first ran for Congress.

Sources close to the Kryzan campaign reportedly had first-hand knowledge of Lee cheating or attempting to cheat on his wife.

Those allegations were never brought up in the race.

We also learned that Lee was warned about his behavior by now House Speaker John Boehner.

Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy was Lee’s campaign manager.

Langworthy said, “Chris Lee has committed no crimes. Chris is not Eliot Spitzer, or one of those foolish individuals. He’s made some foolish decisions.”

Langworthy said, “This is someone that’s had some failings in his marriage and personal life.”

No concrete evidence has surfaced that Lee has cheated on his wife.

But, in the wake of widespread news coverage of the Craigslist photo, sources reportedly say it fits into a pattern of accusations that stretch back a few years.

Immediately after the photo became public, Lee issued a brief statement of apology, and then his letter of resignation.

We haven’t heard from him since.

His congressional spokesman issued a statement, saying that under House procedures, Lee’s media staff can no longer discuss the situation.

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[Viewpoint] The politics of alternatives – JoongAng Daily

Shaka Zulu (1787-1828) was a legendary conqueror of southern Africa. There are two theories about his family life. The first is that he killed his wives when they became pregnant. The second is that he never had a wife and never had sex. The two theories lead to one explanation: Shaka Zulu pursued absolute power and was afraid that if he had children, they would threaten his pursuit.

Shaka Zulu is an extreme example of being faithful to the saying, You cannot share power even with your own child.

But politics is a process of sharing power whether you want to or not. A leader not only has to share power during his rule but also needs to prepare an alternative in the name of a successor. After all, you cannot live nor hold power forever.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is on the verge of losing his power, is known for eliminating any threat to his rule. He never had a No. 2 to share his authority. His greed and intolerance made Egyptian citizens unhappy. If he had cared about the community as a whole, he would have appointed an alternate, whether he liked it or not.

A leader who reluctantly comes up with such a person may be insecure all the time. In 48 Laws of Power by American writer Robert Greene, the first law is Never outshine the master. If you want to seize power, you must prove that you are capable but should not make the incumbent insecure. If the leader feels fear and anxiety, you will be eliminated and your chance of taking power will be lost.

Whether it is international politics or domestic politics, every kind of politics is a process of finding alternates. Whether an alternate succeeds depends on whether you have one or not and how qualified that person is.

For countries within its sphere of influence, the United States has intervened when there was a viable alternative leader and stayed away if there wasnt. The United States is said to have considered supporting a coup against Korean President Syngman Rhee but decided against it because no alternative could be found.

The United States had previously been tolerant of the dictatorship and corruption of President Mubarak because Washington decided that there was no alternative or successor.

Lately, however, the United States has been supportive of the democratization protests in Egypt because Mohamed ElBaradei has emerged as a possible alternative.

The politics of alternatives is essentially politics of uncertainty. Under a monarchy or dictatorship, the person in power feels insecure if there is an alternative to his leadership. In a democratic society, the people are the ones who are insecure.

Voters are unsure as to whether the next president and ruling party will perform better than the incumbents. However, the merit of a democracy is that it is a political system to manage the politics of alternatives and minimize uncertainly.

Now, we are faced with the politics of alternatives on both the domestic and international fronts. The question is whether China can be an alternative to the hegemony of the United States. This is a question that has made the world insecure.

The main players, the United States and China, are anxious as well. Deng Xiaoping advocated that a country hide brightness, [and] nourish obscurity as a diplomatic policy so as not to make the United States uneasy. He asked his successors to keep that policy for 100 years, but the direction of the country has already changed. China has begun to speak up in the international community.

What will the world do when China seeks hegemony more aggressively? Countries may ask China to outshine the United States.

If China is able to assure the world over its grievances with the United States while also removing insecurities about Chinas rise, China will automatically secure its position as the new power.

Unlike Robert Greenes first law of power, political parties and presidential hopefuls in Korea need to demonstrate they can outperform the incumbent president and the ruling party. These days, there is growing anxiety within the political sphere because the focus of politics is shifting from growth to welfare.

The person or party who is able to assuage these insecurities will be the one to win voters. When we have a solid alternative, South Korea will be the only option for the unification of the Korean Peninsula.

*The writer is an editor of the JoongAng Sunday.

By Kim Hwan-young

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