Jetton Received Award From Eagle Forum in 2003

By now you’ve probably heard about Rod Jetton, the former Missouri House Speaker who was recently charged with assault:

Rod Jetton, one of the most influential figures in Missouri politics, was charged Monday with felony assault against a woman in Sikeston, Mo., last month.

Detective Bethany McDermott’s affidavit says Jetton went to the woman’s home around 9 p.m. Nov. 15 with two bottles of wine, which he allegedly opened alone in her kitchen. After drinking some of the wine and watching football, the statement said, the victim “began ‘fading’ in and out and remembered losing consciousness several times.”

The affidavit says Jetton and the alleged victim agreed on a safe word — “green balloons” — that could be used to stop sexual relations during the evening.

Instead, the affidavit says, Jetton hit her on the face and choked her before engaging in intercourse. Jetton allegedly said, “You should have said ‘green balloons,’ ” before leaving her home the next morning.

Via Crooks and Liars we see that Jetton has been rubbing shoulders and getting awards from none other than Phyllis Schlafly at the 2003 Eagle Forum Leadership Conference:

It’s too bad for Jetton that he was not married to this woman because then Schlafly would have come running to his defense since she believes that married women cannot be raped by their husbands.

UPDATE: TPM notes that the newly released police report “describes a much more violent and brutal encounter than does the probable cause document. And it suggests that there was no consent, at any point, to sex of any kind.”