Skip to comments.Publishing deal rescues Capitol Hill sex diarist (WASHINGTONIENNE ALERT)
Posted on 07/11/2004 10:16:42 PM PDT by MadIvan
IT LOOKED like Jessica Cutlers career was over when she was fired by a United States senator for using the office computer to chronicle her sex life on the internet. But the publishing industry never can resist a good scandal on Capitol Hill.
In a deal said to be worth $300,000 (almost £170,000), the junior aide who shocked Washington with her lurid online "blogs" of sex with congressional colleagues - including a married White House appointee - has been signed up by Hyperion to write a novel based on her encounters.
Given the nature of the authors "research", the deal seems an unlikely marriage. Hyperion is the publishing arm of Disney, a company noted for its love of all things chaste and wholesome, while Ms Cutler, 26, became known as the Harlot on the Hill.
"I think that the people who have these blogs and post these websites are fascinating," Pilar Queen, of the literary agency Carlisle & Co, told the Washington Post in the course of head-hunting Ms Cutler.
"Were thinking about a book focused on sex on the Hill, her experiences of working as an intern. Clearly, she has something that she wants to get out there."
Indeed she does; in addition to the book deal, Ms Cutler has agreed to pose nude for Playboys November issue.
In the space of just two weeks in May, the former Syracuse University student became the talk of congressional circles with her anonymous web postings in which she shared in graphic detail her simultaneous affairs with six men and crushes on several others, all of them referred to only by their initials.
Writing under the pseudonym Washingtonienne, she gave few clues as to her own identity, save to boast that she had "a glamour job on the Hill" - a generous assessment given that her role later turned out to involve little more than opening envelopes in the post-room of Senator Mike DeWine, an Ohio Republican.
"I could not care less about government or politics, but working for a senator looks good on my resumé and these marble hallways are such great places for meeting boys and showing off my outfits," she noted on her site.
It was not just her musings about sexual dalliances that so titillated Washington, but the revelation that some of them paid her for it, which she saw as a means to top up a lamentable $25,000 (less than £14,000) pay cheque.
"Most of my living expenses are thankfully subsidised by a few generous older gentlemen. Im sure I am not the only one who makes money on the side this way: how can anyone live on $25k a year?" she reasoned.
The cast of characters included "AJ", an intern who worked in the same office; "MK", a "serious long-term boyfriend" who she was seeing again after a break-up; and "R", also known as Threesome Dude.
"W" was a sugar-daddy whose sexual tastes she disapproved of but tolerated because "the money is too good" and "F" was described as a "married man who pays me for sex. Chief of Staff at one of the government agencies, appointed by Bush".
On one blog, she confessed: "I just took a long lunch with F and made a quick $400. When I returned to the office, I heard that my boss was asking about my whereabouts. Loser."
F, it seems, even had a key to her apartment because she got home one day to find he had let himself in and left her a gift of a food blender. "Why didnt he call first?" she pondered. "What if I was in bed with my intern and F popped in with a surprise blender?"
"MD" was later identified on other internet sites that picked up the story as Matt Doyle, a staffer working for Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, a respected Democrat and family-values champion who ran for vice-president at the 2000 election. Mr Doyle hired Ms Cutler for a two-month internship in Senator Liebermans office in January.
Another of her liaisons, "RS", turned out to be Robert Steinbuch, a lawyer who works for Senator DeWine and is also a part-time ethics instructor. Thanks to Ms Cutler, all of Washington now knows that "he likes spanking".
"Hes very up-front about sex, he likes talking dirty and stuff," Ms Cutler confided on her website. "He told me that he likes submissive women. Good, now I can take it easy in bed."
Ms Cutler got the sack after fellow "blogger" Ana Marie Cox - who maintains a political gossip site under the name of Wonkette - outed her as the woman behind Washingtonienne. The two were later spotted partying together, leading to speculation that the whole thing was a publicity-seeking set-up.
If it was, her Hyperion deal is proof that it paid off. Ms Cutler maintains that she only ever wrote the weblog to amuse her friends but is not ashamed of it. In fact, she says of her prolific liaisons: "For most people I know, thats a typical week."
Out of morbid curiosity, I did take a look at Washingtonienne's blog. Let's just say the titles she had in mind for this book were anally fixated, and I'm nauseated just thinking about it.
It's also silly.
Sex sells. I wonder if she'll drop the names of the Big Fish she slept with around Washington.
Hey Ivan I hear about this stupid lady I hear Ted Kennedy refuse sleep with her
That good thing we don't want another Mary Jo reset
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The one clever thing he's done. God knows what diseases she has.
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Well it is one of those situations where you expect the Colonel to step in and say, "Stop that, stop that, it's silly!"
She's nothing but a whore and not even a well paid one.
I meant prior to the book deal.
Only way we know how many disease is this woman get if she just get test which I doubt it
That only reason forget about Uncle Ted he never get tested unless his medical record go on Smoking Gun.com
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You have been slackin! Haven't seen any posts lately.
She's uglier than Monica.
300K is a lot of money for a nobody. They wouldn't pay it unless she was going to name somebody we heard of I wouldn't think.
And that makes her a perfect match for the politics-obsessed workaholics who just want a female fun cushion. Doesn't make for something you can look back on in future years with much pride, though.
25k a year is no glamour job--that's entry-level staff on the Hill, like a scheduler or at the most, an LA.
And there are a lot of slutty girls like that on the Hill; Washington is an exciting place to live, but also harbors some very crass people.
Expect that about the time Heidi Fliess's trickbook gets published...
I would also like to how Cutler managed to get hired by DeWine's office. Granted, Lieberman is a more conservative Democrat, but there are always dozens of very broke, young conservative college graduates, with a solid history of conservative activism and scholarship, who are looking for entry-level jobs on the Hill. Many times, recent conservative college grads have to move out to Washington and then wait months before finding a job like Cutler's. The fact that she probably got hired over more qualified and sincere young people really annoys me to no end.
Yes. Very silly. I mean, nobody enjoys a good...
(I'm going to stop right there, on the grounds that further comment may - erm - compromise myself...)
Or sit down for that matter...that bum should be still going ouch!
Hey don't feel bad. I read Washingtonienne's blog too. Seen her pic? She'll be needing plastic surgery soon if not a bacteria shot in the heine!
Sit, you mean. ;)
I'm under the impression that antibiotics would cause her to dissolve.
mine too... hope the $$$$ was worth it. No respectable man would marry her.
Let alone touch her without astronaut gloves on. As you can see, I found her blog pretty repulsive.
I was unimpressed.
This is what I found disturbing (apart from her being disgusting) - to work on Capitol Hill is to genuflect at the altar of representative government. I've briefly worked in the Commons as an aide, so I know something about this - it is a place where the great struggles of liberty, and the dreams of one's forebears come to fruition are lost.
And what does she do? She and her "mates" turn it into a swinger's bar. Where is the respect, the decorum, the propriety that one should bear in such a place? She is utterly filthy.
Well actually she just tapped into the seedy sex subculture that breeds in politics. Many of these vaunted politicians COULD CARE LESS!! Don't be so idealistic about what representative government means, the politicians who patronize these whores don't care.
My hero, President Reagan, was that much of an idealist - so it's to his example that I cling. Those politicians you describe can go to hell.
Ronald Reagan was perhaps the last president who really really respected and understood his job. Dubya does too but Dutch was special.
Capitol Hill interns are little school fish that get devoured by the larger predators that swim in the waters of that place.
I would never let a child of mine be an intern up there.
Oh, and in case I forgot to mention it, after a multi-state move and a new (and better) job...
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That's an insult to "the boys".
Beavis and Butthead were the last media icons (with a few exceptions) that represented the un-metrosexual American male.
Mike Judge, their creator, never missed an opportunity to make fun of a leftist do-gooder or control freak.
There ya go!
It is a shame that Cutler and her friend acted the way they did. At the same time, it is a shame that politicians and other staffers hired them. Cutler did not have Republican credentials and most likely grabbed the job over another more sincere recent college grad. who actually had a history of Republican activism. If I were an Ohio resident, I would call up DeWine's office and inquire as to who the hell hired Cutler in the first place.
As for whether or not it is safe to send one's children to intern on the Hill; I believe it is. If someone does not have a set system of morals and ethics, they will get into trouble no matter where they work. If someone stands firm in their beliefs and morals, they can work at places such as the Hill and be able to hold their head high no matter where they move throughout their career.
You've been missed.
She actually dated a friend of mine before all this broke (he wasn't one of the guys mentioned on her blog). Apparently, she's got a body to kill for and her face looks okay when she's made up.
Total psycho, apparently.
Just like kids today say oral sex isn't sex and credit that to Clinton, maybe she's going off of Bob Packwood's example.
Well, there goes most of the executive and legislative branches. It would be a nice housecleaning.
Its getting more play beyond Ohio's borders than it is inside Ohio.
I can't help wishing Dewine would spend more time focused on his own staff, and less time sermonizing how the rest of us should live our lives.
It ought to and I should think that more Ohioans would want to call up Senator DeWine and inquire of this. Afterall, their tax monies are going to fun DeWine's salary and his staff. The Heritage Foundation's Job Bank at all given times has around 1,600 conservatives in their database looking for jobs in Washington. Most of these individuals are most likely recent conservative college grads. Yep, it is a shame that DeWine's staffers didn't seem to be too concerned about hiring an actual conservative for the job. IMHO, loyalty is the first quality any employer should look for in a potential employee. Cutler obviously didn't possess loyalty to the conservative cause, to put shame on a Republican Senate office like this.