Now we know: spending more time with his family wasn’t the real reason Chip Pickering quit Congress and later passed up an expected Senate appointment.
It all comes out in a July 14 alienation of affection lawsuit filed against Chip’s alleged long-term mistress by estranged wife Leisha, the mother of their five sons.
Charles W. Pickering, Jr. had presented himself to voters down here as a paragon of virtue and was given a 100 percent Congressional rating by James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family.” In Washington he stayed at the now-famous C Street “Christian fellowship house,” according to Leisha.
The C Street connection is what gives the Pickering love triangle story national legs. New York Times columnists Maureen Dowd and Gail Collins put Chip in the Republican sex scandal lineup with Nevada’s John Ensign and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford since all three hung out at the C Street house owned by a secretive religious group to promote Christian ideals among Congress people.