From Chief of Staff To Media Valhalla

On one level, Adam Kuhn, chief of staff to Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), has just experienced a live-changing and career-ending calamity. On the other hand, he is now well positioned to occupy some choice territory in the media wonderland for C-list celebrities. Politico‘s John Bresnahan has the story:

The chief of staff to Ohio GOP Rep. Steve Stivers has resigned after a former porn actress posted an explicit photo of the aide online.

Adam Kuhn, a longtime Stivers’ aide and chief of staff, resigned on Tuesday. Kuhn is single, while the actress is married….

In his own statement to POLITICO on Tuesday, Kuhn offered an apology for his actions. “Over the weekend, I was the victim of an attack on Twitter from a woman I had a relationship with in my personal life,” Kuhn said. “I realize and apologize I had used poor judgement in my personal life regarding this relationship. The woman who posted this has reached out to me to apologize….”

His trouble began last week when Jennifer Roubenes Allbaugh, who uses the name “Ruby” – among other stage names – in adult films tweeted at least one photo of Kuhn’s penis to Stivers’ Twitter account. Allbaugh confirmed to POLITICO that she sent the tweet.

According to Allbaugh, she was upset that Kuhn had ended the relationship. It is unclear when that occurred or when the photos of Kuhn were taken, although Allbaugh blamed Kuhn for their break-up.

Allbaugh later deleted the photo after Kuhn obtained a cease-and-desist order against her, Allbaugh said. Allbaugh was upset with Kuhn and was, in her own words, out for “revenge.”

Presumably the universe of congressional staffers who have affairs with porn stars is pretty limited. So Kuhn has instantly become a Washington legend, and I suspect he’s already sorting through offers to “tell his side of the story.”

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.