Meanwhile, unidentified sources are dishing all manner of new dirt on Stanley to Ken Whitehouse. Stanley has had "a number of improper relationships with women connected to the state legislature," including a couple of lobbyists, Whitehouse reports. At the Beer Seller during a party thrown by interns celebrating the end of the 2003 legislative session, Stanley was observed making out with an intern, one source tells Whitehouse. According to that source, Stanley "had his tongue down her throat and was groping her in front of the whole bar."
Finally, there's this: Sources tell Whitehouse that Stanley got drunk on $150 bottles of wine a couple of weeks ago at the American Legislative Exchange Council's annual meeting in Atlanta. When Rep. Charles Sargent told Stanley he ought to pay for the wine rather than forcing lobbyists to pick up the tab, Stanley became belligerent and was asked to leave the restaurant.
It seems pretty clear that these sources are talking to Whitehouse in an attempt to convince Stanley of the necessity of his resignation. Update: Aunt B comments. "So, I think this morning was the moment when you could watch the Republican strategy shift from 'Smear Morrison' to 'Smear Stanley.'" Update II: Mark Brown sends a message to the senator. "Your Republican friends are airing your dirty laundry in the media to show you how sincerely they want you gone -- NOW. Don't fight it. Just leave. To be frank, you got away with the shenanigans for longer than many of us thought you would."