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Rep. Don 'mistress-choker' Sherwood paid her $500K to keep quiet until after election

Recipient of an 84% rating from Christian Coalition, Don Sherwood’s “backrub” was actually a chokehold, according to Cynthia Ore.

Values, values…

As you might remember, the Pennsylvania Republican agreed last year to settle matters his mistress of five years, Ms. Ore, after she slapped him with a lawsuit for trying to throttle her. Now we learn that the terms of the agreement were designed to hush Ore up until after the election.

The settlement, reached in November 2005, called for Cynthia Ore to be paid in installments, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is confidential. She has received less than half the money so far, and will not get the rest until after the Nov. 7 election, the person said Thursday.

A confidentiality clause requires Ore to forfeit some of the money if she talks publicly about the case, according to this person and two other people familiar with elements of the case.

…Even before Ore settled, the congressman tried to keep a tight lid on the case. His lawyer asked a judge to prohibit disclosure of materials from the case, warning that Sherwood’s opponents might try to use the information to harm him politically.

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