This one comes with three caveats.
One--For me, it falls under the category, "Not that there's anything wrong with that."
Two--It's a rumor and I offer it here not really as much for the factual basis (although I tend to believe it) as much as to show how rumors spread. Were I a newspaper editor, I would not run with this, but hey, this is a blog, not a newspaper.
Three--The source of the rumor is espcecially fascinating, and while I can't verify the rumor, I can verify the source.
By now, you should be forewarned to stop reading if you can't handle it.
I see you're still here, so I can report that apparently disgraced Republican House leader D.J. Bettencourt is expecting a little more than being thrown out of UNH Law School.
According to a rumor being spread by former Republican Governor Steve Merrill (as I recall, there were several rumors about his own sexual conduct at the time he split the scene--one would think his lips would be more careful), there's a reason why D.J. and his girl friend, the House paid p.r. person under Speaker O'Brien, are getting married.
According to my unimpeachable source, Merrill is spreading the rumor that she (I won't name her name here) is pregnant.
Not that there's anything wrong with that...unless it's someone with a history of rantng against premarital sex by others, I find nothing wrong with pregnancies prior to marriage.
But then I'm a libertarian.
The fascinating thing is that Merrill would be spreading such rumors.
Yes indeed, as I was finishing up Bill Lee's autobiography and moving on to "Say It Ain't So Joe" (a great look at the life of Shoeless Joe Jackson...was he guilty as a Black Soxer in 1919 or not?), as I was making the first swath through my lawn over the weekend, the former New Hampshire governor was telling people that D.J. got his girl friend pregnant.
Say it ain't so, Governor. Why would you spread such a thing knowing that someone in the blogosphere would pick up on it.
The Bill Lee book ("The Wrong Stuff" written in 1984) is a real hoot. Remind me to tell the Dapper O'Neil story some time.
It is, after all, the summer of baseball...
As well as the summer of Merrill spreading rumors.