While Charles W. “Chip” Pickering Jr. was the Congressman from Mississippi’s 3rd District, the Republican, a former Baptist missionary, lived at the Fellowship Foundation residence at 133 C Street SE in Washington. He also used that convenient Christian pad to bed a woman not his wife, according to divorce papers filed by Leisha Pickering, mother of the ex-congressman’s five sons.
“C Street” was also home to philandering Republicans Mark Sanford and John Ensign. The building is the site of frequent Bible study meetings where “Love thy neighbor” seems to have acquired an interesting interpretation that trumps the Ten Commandments.
Selected coverage of the Pickering scandal:
“Leisha Pickering v. Elizabeth Creekmore-Byrd,” Ipse Blogit
“Chip Pickering’s ‘Family’ affair,” Facing South
“Yet Another C Street Republican Cheated On His Wife,” Gawker
“C Street Christians: When Good Congressmen Go Bad,” Politics Daily
“Pickering Affair Raises New Questions About ‘Revolving Door’ Of Secretive Fellowship Group,” Think Progress
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