Republican family values. 2009 has really started out with a bang when it comes to these hypocrites! Here’s Jeffrey Claude Bartleson, 52, self-described “political consultant” and the former manager of Sen. John McCain’s Pueblo, CO presidential campaign office.

Not only has this man been arrested for sexually assault on a five-year-old boy, it’s the second charge of this heinous behavior in one week. And he’s allegedly been preying on children for years. (Colorado Independent):

Police arrested the former manager of Sen. John McCain’s Pueblo presidential campaign office Wednesday on charges he sexually assaulted a 5-year-old boy left in his care so the boy’s mother could attend a rally for McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, The Denver Post’s Howard Pankratz reported Thursday afternoon.

It’s the second arrest on charges of sexual assault on a child by a person in position of trust in a week for Jeffrey Claude Bartleson, 52, who has faced similar allegations at least five times since 1982 without being convicted of a crime, according to the Pueblo Chieftain’s Nick Bonham.

How did state Republicans take the news. They ran for the hills and said that “they had had ‘no contact’ with Bartleson. And true to form, he placed himself in professional situations to give him access to children.

Court documents filed after his arrest last week describe interviews with witnesses and other possible victims, including boys Bartleson met when he worked with the chemical dependency unit at the Parkview Medical Center and as a youth counselor at King of Kings Lutheran Church. One alleged victim told police Bartleson said “if he tells anyone about him touching him then he will murder him.”

Hat tip, Oliver Willis.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding