A New Dawn Breaks For Pastor Ted

Today reporters caught up with Pastor Ted Haggard pulling out of the driveway of his home with his wife Gayle and three children. (All told he has five.)

Turns out, Haggard said, he did happen to buy some methamphetamine from Mike Jones, though he insisted he’d thrown it out – where? Well, gee, when KUSA 9NEWS asked, he just couldn’t seem to remember. And, oh, yes, he told reporters, he did also happen to receive a massage from Jones – an admission that drew what reporters described as a “silent stare” from his wife. But no, Haggard maintained, he had never had sex with the man.

Just two days ago, Mike Jones claimed he had watched Haggard snort meth, and that the two had sex monthly for three years, until this August. In response, Haggard stood before a 9NEWS camera and insisted he didn’t even know a Mike Jones, never had gay sex, didn’t do drugs, doesn’t drink.

You know what? Rather than continuing to dole out bits of information whenever a reporter happens to catch him outside his home, maybe Haggard should simply call a press conference, and be straight with us, if he can, about what really happened.

Because there are plenty of holes in his story. Like the voice mail messages – note plural – in which the unmistakable voice of Haggard says he’s “just calling to see if we could get any more. Either $100 or $200 supply.” And another, a few hours later: “Hi Mike, this is Art, I am here in Denver and sorry that I missed you. But as I said, if you want to go ahead and get the stuff, then that would be great. And I’ll get it sometime next week or the week after or whenever.”

That seems pretty insistent, and pretty knowledgeable about a drug buy, for someone who now claims he was merely “curious” about laying out a good chunk of change for something he would just throw away – to a location he can’t even remember.  The accuser failed the polygraph test.

Or, rather, as the polygrapher in charge so delicately put it live on the Peter Boyles talk radio show this morning, the lie detector test he administered to Mike Jones showed “deception.”

Boyles, along with Jones, and undoubtedly the phalanx of scorps, want to give Pastor Ted Haggard  a polygraph test as well — to see who’s really lying.

Specifically the polygrapher reported that Jones failed on the two questions: Did he lie when asked about his sex relationship with Ted Haggard, or did he lie when asked about his drug relationship with Ted Haggard?

Now Boyles and Jones want to know: Was Pastor Ted lying about the “drug stuff” or about the “sex stuff”?

Jones, Boyles pointed out after the test results were announced, was physically and mentally exhausted, and also occasionally suffers from migraines. He only had two hours’ sleep. He hasn’t been eating properly. And besides, lie detector tests aren’t allowed in courtrooms.

“It’s confusing to me the results,” Jones said during the show.

“I was surprised at the outcome,” reported the polygrapher.

“I’ve come to the end,” Boyles said at one point. “I don’t know where this goes next.”

But of course it hasn’t really come to the end. Boyles gamely plowed on, playing the alleged voicemail messages from “Art” (AKA Haggard) and then asking Jones graphic questions about the “drug stuff and the sex stuff.”

“It was all oral except one time and we did use a condom,” Jones offered.

Day Two: Off to the races

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