Republican Family Values

You kind of figure that there are a lot of Republicans out there who are compensating for something, but when they are finally revealed I’m repeatedly surprised by the depth of their perfidy: Ending an almost 70-year public silence, William Loeb’s stepdaughter said last week that the late iconic publisher of the Union Leader sexually molested her repeatedly when she was 7 years old.

Nackey Gallowhur Scagliotti, 76, said the abuse took place over a year’s time, after she went to live with her mother and stepfather in Reno, Nevada, in early 1953.

Her mother, Nackey Scripps Gallowhur, had married Loeb the previous year. She was his third wife.

“Within weeks after I joined them, Bill Loeb started coming into my room at night and molesting me sexually,” Scagliotti wrote in a statement she provided to the New Hampshire Union Leader.

“I was seven years old, and I was constantly terrified,” she said.

Scagliotti also charged that a decade later, in the mid-1960s, Loeb sexually abused his daughter, the late Edie Tomasko, when she was 6.

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Tomasko’s son, Cody DuBuc, 35, and John Gfroerer, a Concord documentary filmmaker, each said that before her death, Tomasko told them Loeb had molested her.

Loeb died in 1981 at age 75; Tomasko passed away in 2014.

Scagliotti now lives in the Southwest; DuBuc lives in the Northeast.

Scagliotti said she decided to come forward after the recent publication of the biography “William Loeb and His Times. Provocative Publisher, Private Paradox,” by Joseph W. McQuaid, former Union Leader publisher.

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As publisher of the Union Leader from 1946 to 1981, Loeb used his arch-conservative editorials on national and state affairs to elevate the Union Leader’s national profile.

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