A Republican politician is in a lot of hot water after being caught sexting a 17-year-old boy. To Mike Yenni, the president of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, the fact that he was sexting an underaged teen is the least of his worries. He just wants to make sure the world doesn’t think of him as gay.
Yenni was caught last month after a student at Brown University published a story online entitled, “I was seduced by a politician.” Yenni admitted that he and the boy met at a Jesuit High School function. That’s when the sexting began. Yenni bought the boy a pair of underwear. Yeah, it’s all innocent.
The author, a Brown student, details exchanging sexual texts with a politician he calls “Kevin,” as well as a slew of other incidents, including “Kevin” giving him designer underwear and kissing him. The texts, as well as the kiss and gift, match an account given by an unidentified teen who spoke with local media outlets in recent months about his experience with Yenni.
Source: Huffington Post
Yenni’s explanation at the time was that while he was “old enough to know better,” he was “young enough to do something stupid.” Yenni was 40 when he texted the boy.
“Last summer, I was old enough to know better, but I guess I was still young enough to do something stupid. I chose to send improper texts to a young man,” he said in the clip. “I made a bad decision. I regret my actions.”
“I apologize to the families involved and anyone I embarrassed, especially my own family,” he said. Yenni is married and has a 3-year-old daughter.
Source: Huffington Post
Yenni hasn’t resigned, but on Friday he released a video that should be reassuring to all the bigots he calls his constituency. He’s not gay, he told them. Oh, and they didn’t have sex.
Yenni called the story partially fictional, but he did admit that there were elements of truth, although he wouldn’t say what part of the story was fictional.
“To simply say it, I’m not gay,” Yenni told Fox8 this week. He also repeatedly said he didn’t know why he texted with the teen in the first place.
Here’s the video:
So the problem isn’t that a politician was sexting an underaged boy. It is that people might think said politician is gay. Got it.
Regardless, Yenni didn’t break the law. The age of consent is 17 in Louisiana, however, it does highlight the double standard in this country. If you are Republican and belong to the “party of family values,” you are accountable for nothing. If you are a Democrat, like Anthony Weiner, you lose your job and face public ostracization.
Featured image via video screen capture.