Alabama Politician Leaves Family to Become Full-Time Sperm Donor
We generally take for granted the notion that anyone willing to abandon their privacy forever in order to run for public office is likely at least a little unhinged or eccentric.
But on a scale ranging from Anthony "twitpics" Weiner to Christopher "Craigslist" Lee, I don't even know where to place Alabama politician Bill Johnson for his very weird proclivities that have come to light.
Johnson, who ran in Alabama's GOP gubernatorial primary as recently as 2010, has reportedly left his wife to sate his obsession with donating sperm to women in New Zealand. His family has told reporters that Johnson wants to permanently relocate to New Zealand so that he can be a part-time dad to the babies he's sired.
Johnson’s wife, Kathy Hale Johnson, told the New Zealand Herald that Johnson recently returned to live in New Zealand where he donated sperm to at least 10 women without her knowledge.
"He wants me to move over there. He's not coming back,” she told the newspaper.
She said Johnson plans to apply for residency so he can stay in New Zealand, and that he intends to donate sperm to additional women.
"He is obsessed with this. He doesn't want to stop," she said.
Johnson made headlines in December when the news broke that he had fathered multiple children in New Zealand, where he was working as a contractor for disaster relief company Ceres NZ.
Johnson, a former Birmingham city councilman and cabinet member for Gov. Bob Riley, said he was unable to have children with his wife and that the desire to father a child was “a need that I have.”
Johnson began donating sperm after arriving in Christchurch in 2011 to work on earthquake recovery. He created an online persona "chchbill" on unofficial websites for those seeking sperm donors. Some women later claimed he misled them about his background and the number of partners that he impregnated, raising concerns among New Zealand fertility specialists.
"He doesn't really know how many pregnancies there are out there. Some women were so angry they didn't want to talk to him again," she said.
As bizarre and fantastical as it all sounds, it can't really be that shocking, can it? Politicians are known above all else for their inimitable arrogance. Mr. Johnson is no exception here. He thinks his genes are so phenomenal that they must be shared with as many human beings as possible. At least Mr. Johnson can't be blamed for the demographic diminution of the West!