Carrie Fulton Phillips, President Warren G. Harding’s 15 year affair mistress, who could have brought down Harding’s presidency

TPM:

Harding’s letters were descriptive and full of passion. On Sept. 15, 1913 he wrote:

 

“Honestly, I hurt with the insatiate longing, until I feel that there will never be any relief untilI take a long, deep, wild draught on your lips and then bury my face on your pillowing breasts. Oh, Carrie! I want the solace you only can give. It is awful to hunger so and be so wholly denied. . . . Wouldn’t you like to get sopping wet out on Superior — not the lake — for the joy of fevered fondling and melting kisses?”

 

What the media won’t discuss how Ms. Phillips the only woman so far in history blackmailed the political party by the virtue of her long term relationship as mistress to Harding. From Wikipedia:

Once the affair came to light, Florence Harding was furious and felt betrayed. This was not the first time that her husband had entered into an affair with a woman who she considered a friend. Phillips (Carrie’s husband James), too, was displeased with his wife’s conduct. To separate the two and to allow time for the marriages to be reconciled, Phillips took his family and returned to Europe, leaving the Hardings to tough it out in Marion. While in Germany, Carrie became immersed in German culture, and refused to return to the United States at the tour’s end, insisting she and their daughter stay behind. James Phillips returned to the United States alone.

While Carrie was still in Europe, Harding ran for the United States Senate. As Europe moved closer to the brink of war, Carrie begrudgingly returned to the States. Her passion for Germany was very well known. At every opportunity, she pled Germany’s case. Once she returned to Marion, her affair with Harding reignited. Phillips threatened to expose the affair if Harding voted in favor of war with Germany, but did not follow through on this threat.

In the summer of 1920, immediately following acceptance of the Republican nomination, Harding disclosed his affair with Mrs. Phillips to the party bosses, and also disclosed that Mrs. Phillips was in the possession of hundreds of love letters he had written to her, many on Senate stationery. Afraid of a scandal involving both an affair as well as Mrs. Phillips’ government files for supporting Germany in the recent war, the party bosses impressed upon Mr. and Mrs. Phillips the importance that their travel abroad could keep the matter quiet. Carrie refused, and immediately dictated the terms under which she would consider the party’s wishes. In return for Mrs. Phillips’ silence on the matter, the Republican Partywould pay for an extended tour of Asia and the Pacific Islands, as well as an annual stipend to Mrs. Phillips in return for her silence on the matter for the remainder of her life.

Ms. Phillips and her husband, James Phillips had two children (boy and girl). Boy died as only a toddler.

 

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