Dem. lawmaker, co-sponsor of child porn laws, resigns; state office, home raided for child porn

The day after a Democrat Illinois lawmaker cruised to victory in his party’s primary Tuesday, he gave up his seat in the wake of a child pornography raid.

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State Rep. Keith Farnham stepped down from representing Elgin, a city about 35 miles northwest of Chicago, days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided his home and his state office in Springfield.

Items that were seized included the laptop computer Farnham used on the House floor,  The Associated Press reported.

The search warrant sought material that “in any format and medium concerning minors visually depicted while engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” AP reported.

No charges have been filed.

Farnham, 66, has been in office since 2009. In those five years, he has co-sponsored two laws cracking down child pornography: one targeting producers of child porn; the other stiffening penalties for its possession.

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In a statement, Farnham attributed his resignation to health problems, though Illinois media reported that, in addition to winning the party’s primary, Farnham’s attendance at legislative meetings so far this session has been perfect.

“I have been battling serious health issues for a number of years and the coming months will require my full attention,” Farnham wrote, according to the Daily Herald, which covers the Elgin area.

No doubt they will. And possibly the coming years as well.

But two things are certain:

Since this is Illinois, the seat is going to remain firmly in Democrat hands. (Local Dem heavyweights are already selecting Farnham’s replacement; he’s not running in the general.)

And since Farnham’s a Democrat, the mainstream media outside Illinois is going to pretend this never happened.

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107 thoughts on “Dem. lawmaker, co-sponsor of child porn laws, resigns; state office, home raided for child porn

  1. Jim S. says:

    Little advice from an Independent, life long:
    Wondering why many are re-registering from the republican label?
    Wondering why the so called GOP depends on the extremely wealthy for the cash contributions?
    Wondering why the oh so many groups label as (R) or especially in these times Tea Party and depend on that same funding and they readily fund so the same groups parrot what they’re told?
    It’s the old say, ‘people in glass houses should throw stones’!!
    Clean up your own house which is getting even more dirty over the past couple of decades, before condemning others for exactly the same, they on the other hand do clean up the scum when found, they don’t ignore!
    Reason you’re also loosing Independents, as you push other groups outof the party of, no more, GOP!!!
    USN All Shore ’67-’71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country ’70-’71

    1. Jim S. says:

      When you don’t, and ignore your own over and over, any spin articles about others brings up very quickly what’s being ignored and who’s committing and by ignoring who’s condoning the acts!!

    2. libertyluvur says:

      You have just described the democrat party to a tea. Does the name George Soros sound familiar. Do you know who he is? He turned in his jewish family and neighbors to the Nazi’s when he was young. So if you want to call someone scum, I suggest you clean up your own house. P.S. My late husband was in the 1st Air Cav, volunteered 66-68.He died due to agent orange, was told he had the worst case of PTST they had ever seen and he stressed so bad after taking 30 years to get his disability that he developed diabetes which caused heart failure. which killed him.

    3. Josef Roesler says:

      Why is this illiterate fool trashing Republicans on an article about Dems playing with little boys’ buttholes?

    4. RetiredTrainman says:

      Independent my A++, your a full-fledged Democrat dummy. Your just hiding behind that Independent thing to cover your a++… Your like so many other democrats today, afraid to admit your a democrat and that you love and voted for O-vomit.

    5. maudieNmandeville says:

      From a life long independent, Put up your gay porn and get a job. Homosexuals are haters.

    6. Pedro_Schwartz says:

      GOP depends on the extremely wealthy? What the hell do you call this guy, not to mention Soros?

      Tom Steyer, a billionaire retired investor is forging plans to spend as much as $100 million during the 2014 election.

      Steyer, a Democrat who founded one of the world’s most successful hedge funds, burst onto the national political scene during last year’s elections, when he spent $11 million to help elect Terry McAuliffe governor of Virginia and millions more intervening in a Democratic congressional primary in Massachusetts.

  2. libertyluvur says:

    Absolutely the seat will stay in the hands of democrats. To a left winger, child pornography is a good liberal past time.

  3. JOEL714 says:

    another scumbag piece of human democrat manure. are all liberals pure feces?

  4. Helga Stintzcum says:

    This is so awful! Sick old koot!!!

  5. LittleRoot_48 says:

    Yeah, right. Had that child porn not been discovered, your sudden health issues would not have surfaced either. If you were seriously ill, why did you run for re-election? We are NOT as stupid as you think, sir.

    1. Pedro_Schwartz says:

      He was suddenly stricken by an affliction similar to Jesse Jackson Jr’s.

  6. Doug says:

    He looks just like everyone’s dirty uncle.

  7. gvw3 says:

    Joe there are a lot of Republicans in suburban Chicago-land. I think the Republicans can take this seat. Elgin is not even Cook county. Its in Kane county.

  8. Pedro_Schwartz says:

    Not surprising for Illinois. Consider how Obama got his party’s nomination as candidate for the state senate in 1996.

  9. Chad3434 says:

    Kind of like cutting your own throat. “stiffening penalties for its possession.”

  10. ONLYJB1 says:

    This will all be swept under the rug by the socialist press! I will wager to guess, this will be the first and the last we hear of this!

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