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Inside Story: What Did Repubs Know About Stanley Affair?

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From Phil Williams:

What did Republicans know, and when did they know it?

I'm talking about the intern-sex scandal involving state Sen. Paul Stanley. The Memphis Republican resigned last week under pressure from members of his own party.

But it turns out, some of Stanley's colleagues may have been in a position to know a lot more than they've let on.

An apartment complex in the Metro Center area is where Paul Stanley kept his now-infamous love shack. That's the apartment where he brought his legislative intern and took the sexually explicit photos that set off the entire scandal.

Like other Republicans, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey condemned Stanley's conduct as reprehensible.

In fact, Ramsey said -- after news broke about the senator's affair with intern McKensie Morrison -- he essentially pushed his friend out the door.

Still, Ramsey also kept an apartment there, although he insists he never saw anything.

But another family-values Republican senator was much closer to the scene of the scandal.

State Sen. Dewayne Bunch from Cleveland was Stanley's roommate.

Friends say Bunch, a devout Baptist, often went back home during the legislative session -- so he might have missed Stanley's shenanigans.

But, throughout the scandal, Bunch didn't return my phone calls. He didn't issue any statements. He just kept his mouth shut.

The fact is that Stanley's conduct was an open secret around the legislature -- not only was there talk about the intern, there was also talk about female lobbyists who wanted his vote.

The question that's yet to be answered is whether Stanley's behavior -- and his colleagues' silence -- will hurt the family values agenda that they all have tried to push.

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