December 18, 2014

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Rep. Steve Stivers’ aide resigns over photo scandal

WASHINGTON — The chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Columbus, resigned Tuesday, citing poor judgment in his personal life after a graphic photo of him appeared over the Internet.

Adam Kuhn, a longtime aide to Stivers, submitted his resignation.

The photo was sent from a Twitter account belonging to @Rubyadultstar. In the past week, the woman tweeted at least one photo of Kuhn’s penis to Stivers’ Twitter account.

The account has been deleted, but in a cached version of the account from about June 22, the woman identifies herself as the head entertainer at Sam’s Hideaway, on state Route 18 in Sharon Township in Medina County.

The woman from the Twitter page also appears in a number of photos on the Sam’s Hideaway Facebook page from early 2014 and late 2013, where she is identified as Ruby by those who posted the photo. No one answered the phone at a number listed for Sam’s Hideaway.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Kuhn said he was the victim of an attack on Twitter from a woman with whom he had a personal relationship.

“I realize and apologize that I had used poor judgment in my personal life regarding this relationship,” he said.

A spokeswoman for Stivers, Courtney Whetstone, said the congressman had accepted Kuhn’s resignation and that the office had no comment on Kuhn’s personal life.