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John G. Schmitz

John G. Schmitz
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 35th district
In office
June 30, 1970 – January 3, 1973
Preceded by James B. Utt
Succeeded by Andrew J. Hinshaw
Member of the California Senate
from the 34th district
In office
In office
Personal details
Born John George Schmitz
August 12, 1930
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died January 10, 2001 (aged 70)
Bethesda, Maryland
Political party Republican
American Independent
Spouse(s) Mary E. Schmitz (née Suehr)

By Mary E. Schmitz: Mary Kay Fualaau
John P. Schmitz
Joseph E. Schmitz
Four others
By Carla Stuckle:
John George Stuckle

Eugenie Bostrom
Alma mater Marquette University (B.A.)
California State University, Long Beach (M.A.)
Occupation U.S. Marine, community college professor, politician
Religion Roman Catholic

John George Schmitz (August 12, 1930 – January 10, 2001) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives and California State Senate from Orange County, California. He was also a member of the John Birch Society. In 1972 he was the American Independent Party candidate for President of the United States, later known as the American Party.

Schmitz was notable for his extreme right-wing sympathies. By one measure, he was found to be the third most conservative member of Congress between 1937 and 2002,[1] and the ultra-conservative John Birch Society, of which Schmitz was a longtime leader, later expelled him for extremist rhetoric.[2]

On October 25, 1971 Schmitz composed an introduction to the highly controversial book None Dare Call it Conspiracy written by Gary Allen with Larry Abraham.[3]

In 1982, after it was revealed—and Schmitz admitted—that he had engaged in an extra-marital affair and fathered two children with one of his former college students, Schmitz's career as a politician effectively ended, as did his wife Mary's as a conservative political commentator.

Two of Schmitz's children, sons John and Joseph, have held prominent posts in Republican presidential administrations. Son Joseph Schmitz has also worked for the international security firm Blackwater USA.

Schmitz died in 2001 at the age of 70 from prostate cancer; the former Marine Colonel was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.


  • Early life and military career 1
  • Congressional career and presidential campaign 2
  • Return to the state senate 3
  • Extramarital affair and fall-out 4
  • Death 5
  • Children 6
  • Quotes 7
  • Electoral history 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • Further reading 11
  • External links 12

Early life and military career

Schmitz was born in Milwaukee, the son of Wilhelmina (Frueh) and Jacob John Schmitz.[4] He obtained his B.S. degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1952 and an M.A. from California State University, Long Beach, in 1960. He served as a United States Marine Corps jet fighter and helicopter pilot from 1952 to 1960, and was a lieutenant colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1960 to 1983.

Congressional career and presidential campaign

After leaving the Marines, Schmitz took a job as an instructor in philosophy and political science at Santa Ana College. He also became active in the John Birch Society. His views attracted the attention of wealthy Orange County conservatives such as fast-food magnate Carl Karcher, sporting goods heir Willard Voit and San Juan Capistrano rancher Tom Rogers. They helped him win election to the California Senate in 1964 from a district in Orange County. His views were very conservative even by the standards of Orange County. Schmitz once joked that he had joined the John Birch Society in order to court the moderate vote in Orange County. He opposed sex education in public schools and believed citizens should be able to carry loaded guns in their cars. He was also critical of the civil unrest that characterized the mid-1960s. He called the Watts riots of 1965 "a Communist operation," and a year later sponsored a bill, which failed to pass, to investigate the backgrounds of teachers suspected of Communist affiliations.[5] He also believed that state universities should be sold to private corporations as a curb against student protests.

He served in the state senate until 1970, when he won a special election to succeed the late James B. Utt in the House from California's 35th congressional district. He won a full term in November.

When Richard M. Nixon, whose permanent residence at the time was in San Clemente—located in Schmitz's district— first went to China in 1972, Schmitz was asked if he supported President Nixon's going to China. Schmitz replied, "I didn't care that Nixon went to China, I was only upset that he came back." Nixon recruited Orange County Tax Assessor Andrew J. Hinshaw, a more moderate Republican, to run against Schmitz in the Republican primary for the renumbered 39th District.

Angry at Nixon's role in his defeat, Schmitz ran as the

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James B. Utt
United States Representative for the 35th Congressional District of California
Succeeded by
Glenn M. Anderson
Party political offices
Preceded by
George Wallace
American Independent Party Presidential Candidate
1972 (3rd in popular vote)
Succeeded by
Lester Maddox
Thomas J. Anderson
  • Guide to the John G. Schmitz Campaign Materials. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

External links

Further reading

  1. ^ Poole, Keith T. (2004-10-13). "Is John Kerry a Liberal?". Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  2. ^ a b Warrick, Pamela. "The Fall from Spyglass Hill." Los Angeles Times. 29-04-1998. Retrieved 22-10-2009. Page 3. [5]
  3. ^ Allen, Gary. None Dare Call it Conspiracy. Schmitz, John G. (introduction). Seal Beach, California: Concord Press, 1972.
  4. ^ [6]
  5. ^ a b "Mary Kay Letourneau's father dies". Local.  
  6. ^ Election Atlas: 1972 Presidential General Election Results.
  7. ^ U.S. Election Atlas: 1972 Presidential General Election Results - Idaho.
  8. ^ U.S. Election Atlas: 1972 Presidential General Election Data Graphs - Idaho
  9. ^ 1972 Presidential General Election Results - Alaska.
  10. ^ 1972 Presidential General Election Results - Utah.
  11. ^ U.S. Election Atlas: Presidential General Election Data Graphs - Oregon, Montana, and Washington.
  12. ^ 1972 Presidential General Election Results - Louisiana.
  13. ^
  14. ^ A. Toufexis and J.J. Kane, "Color Gloria Allred All Rebel", Time, December 3, 1984.
  15. ^ a b c d Noe, Denise. Mary Kay Letourneau: The Romance that was a Crime. From chapter entitled "Scandal of the Second Family." [7] Entire work available at website, as part of its "Crime Library."
  16. ^ Regan, Donald. For the Record: From Wall Street to Washington, (San Diego: Harcourt Trade Publishers, 1988); ISBN 0-15163-966-3
  17. ^ Weber, Mark. "John Schmitz, RIP". The Journal of Historical Review, vol. 19, no. 6, p. 28.
  18. ^ "Pentagon - Iraq War Intel Not Illegal: Questions about DoD Inspector General's Flawed Report", Daily Kos, February 9, 2007, . Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Coker, Matt. "John G. Schmitz in His Own Words." OC Weekly 25-01-2001.
  20. ^ Associated Press. "Letourneau's Father Says She Should be Allowed to Marry." via the Seattle Times. 17-07-1998. Retrieved 22-10-2009. [8]


See also

United States presidential election, 1972

  • John G. Schmitz – 330 (71.74%)
  • George L. Garfield – 56 (12.17%)
  • Allen Grear – 26 (5.65%)
  • Thomas J. Anderson – 24 (5.22%)
  • Richard B. Kay – 16 (3.48%)
  • George Wallace – 8 (1.74%)

1972 American Independent Party National Convention

  • Andrew J. Hinshaw – 42,782 (45.63%)
  • John G. Schmitz – 40,261 (42.94%)
  • Earl H. Carraway – 9,116 (9.72%)
  • Larry Denna – 1,597 (1.70%)

California's 45th congressional district Republican primary election, 1972

  • John G. Schmitz (R, inc.) – 192,765 (67.04%)
  • Thomas Lenhart (D) – 87,019 (30.27%)
  • Francis R. Halpern (Peace & Freedom) – 7,742 (2.69%)

California's 45th congressional district election, 1970

  • John G. Schmitz (R) – 67,209 (72.37%)
  • David N. Hartman (D) – 25,655 (27.63%)

California's 45th congressional district special election, 1970 (Runoff)

Note: All candidates ran in the same primary. Since no candidate won a majority, the top two finishers from both parties (Schmitz and Hartman) went to a runoff election.

  • John G. Schmitz (R) – 103,127 (49.30%)
  • David N. Hartman (D) – 19,163 (9.16%)
  • John A. Steiger (R) – 30,191 (14.43%)
  • William M. Wilcoxen (R) – 27,016 (12.91%)
  • Thomas Lenhart (R) – 16,378 (7.83%)
  • John D. Ratterree (R) – 7,881 (3.77%)
  • Maggie Meggs (R) – 5,440 (2.60%)

California's 45th congressional district special election, 1970

Electoral history

  • "I wished to identify with the moderate wing of the Republican Party in Orange County." – on joining the ultra-conservative John Birch Society.[19]
  • "I lost the presidency by a mere 44 million votes." – on his 1972 run as the American Independent Party nominee.[19]
  • "I have no objection to President [Richard] Nixon going to China. I just object to his coming back."[19]
  • "Jews are like everybody else, only more so."[19]
    • Cf. "[A] secret Communist looks and acts just like anybody else, only more so..." – Robert Welch, The Blue Book of the John Birch Society (1961), Section 4.
  • "I may not be Hispanic, but I'm close. I'm Catholic with a mustache."[19]
  • "Martin Luther King, Jr. is a notorious liar."[2]
  • "I would have voted for a three-tier system—have one school that the blacks could go to, one school that all the whites could go to, and those who want to mix go to a third school."[19]
  • "A Communist operation" – in reference to the 1965 Watts riots.[5]
  • "A good military coup might be the best we could hope for if President [Ronald] Reagan's policies are not successful. A lot of people can't imagine anything like that happening in our country. These same people could never imagine themselves stealing to stay alive."[19]
  • "I apologize to Gloria Allred and to all others who may have been wrongly characterized, hurt or harmed in any way by these statements. Based upon my relationships with Gloria Allred, her husband and her family, I have never considered her to be, and recognize that she is not, a 'slick, butch lawyeress.'" – in a statement to settle Allred's $10 million defamation suit against him.[19]
  • "Hello, all you commies. I want to deny the rumors that I have been attending candidates' school in Chile or Argentina." – greeting reporters as he announced his 1982 candidacy for the U.S. Senate.[19]
  • "I ought to get the Right to Life man-of-the-year award for this." – upon the revelation of his having two children with his former student and mistress, Carla Stuckle.[19]
  • "I do not and will not support him financially. It is her [Carla Stuckle's] responsibility to take care of him." – to the investigating police officer, in reference to his son by his mistress, Carla Stuckle (neither did Schmitz financially support or help to raise his daughter by Stuckle).[15]
  • "I don't talk to reporters anymore." – to a reporter who discovered him selling knickknacks in a Washington, D.C., shop in 1994.[19]
  • "No one has used the argument that statutory rape—at least according to the Blackstone [sic] [law] dictionary—was solely a crime that a man could commit. It would seem to me that it became a woman's crime when you had this political egalitarianism which has led to Washington state's having an equal-rights amendment, although it was rejected by the United States. That makes this a very political case. I was one of the leading opponents of the Equal Rights Amendment when I was in the Congress, if not the leading opponent." – in response to the statutory rape charges against his daughter, Mary Kay Letourneau, for her extramarital affair with her 12-year-old student.[20]
  • "Basically, an honest man who just didn't realize the immensity of what he was up against. In a way, I'm sympathetic to him despite his mistakes because he was so easily caricatured, and I've seen myself caricatured. And if I were a more important figure, I'd be caricatured in history books, too." – on his hero, Senator Joseph McCarthy.[19]


  • John P. Schmitz (son): Deputy Counsel to the Vice President (George H. W. Bush administration.
  • Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Counsel, Blackwater USA.[18]
  • Mary Kay Fualaau (daughter): famously arrested for having sex with (and being impregnated by) her 12-year-old student while employed as his teacher. While on probation and forbidden to contact her former student, was again arrested after being found having sex with her former student in a car (and impregnated with her second child by her former student). Upon release from prison, she later married him.
  • Other children by wife Mary: Phillip (deceased, drowned at age 3 in family pool, 8-14-1973), Jerome, Terry Ann, and Elizabeth.
  • Children by Carla Stuckle: John and Eugenie Bostrom.


An obituary printed in the Journal of Historical Review, a publication of the Institute for Historical Review described Schmitz as a "good friend of the Institute." Schmitz attended at least two IHR Conferences, and was a subscriber for many years to the Journal."[17]

Schmitz died of prostate cancer at the age of 70 on January 10, 2001. Following a packed funeral service at the Ft. Myer post chapel, was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.


Schmitz never financially supported nor helped raise his two children with Carla Stuckle. When the detective investigating the possible child abuse claim against Stuckle confronted Schmitz about fathering John George, Schmitz confirmed parentage and reportedly told the officer, "I do not and will not support him financially. It is her [Carla Stuckle's] responsibility to take care of him." Stuckle was not charged with any crime, and authorities returned John George to her care. Stuckle raised both John George and Eugenie on her own, working long hours at two different jobs. In 1994, when John George and Eugenie were 11 and 13 respectively, Carla Stuckle died from complications of Type I diabetes. Schmitz refused custody of the children. Mary Schmitz's close friend, high-profile astrologer and alleged psychic Jeane Dixon (whom both President Richard Nixon and Nancy Reagan consulted while they were each in the White House),[16] took in the children. When Dixon died in 1997, the children became wards of the state and went to an orphanage.[15]

Schmitz's affair also ended his wife Mary's career as a political commentator on television, where she advocated from the conservative position on the political roundtable debate show Free for All. (Before entering television, Mary had already become known as the "West Coast Phyllis Schlafly", having campaigned vigorously against Equal Rights Amendment.) He and Mary briefly separated over the affair but reconciled.[15]

During a Bob Dornan in the Republican primary 65% to 11%, with another candidate earning 24%. Dornan would go on to defeat Democratic incumbent Rep. Jerry Patterson in November.

[15] Early in 1982, John George Stuckle, an infant born on June 10, 1981, was treated at an

Extramarital affair and fall-out

The incident cost him his committee chairmanship and the John Birch Society stripped him of his membership for "extremism." Despite this, Schmitz announced plans to run for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate in 1982.

In 1981, Schmitz—who was staunchly pro-life—chaired a committee hearing on abortion. Feminist attorney Gloria Allred testified at the hearing in support of the pro-choice position, and afterward sarcastically presented Schmitz with a black leather chastity belt. Schmitz's committee then issued a press release under the headline, "Senator Schmitz and His Committee Survive Attack of the Bulldykes", describing the hearing room as filled with "hard, Jewish and (arguably) female faces." Allred sued Schmitz for libel, claiming $10 million in damages, but settled for $20,000 and an apology. In his apology, Schmitz stated, "I have never considered her (Allred) to be ... a slick, butch lawyeress." Allred later appeared at a press conference called by Senator Schmitz regarding Mid-East issues, handed Schmitz a box of frogs and shouted, "A plague on the House of Schmitz!"[14]

Schmitz won the District 36 state senate seat in 1978, with 49.5% of the vote, and subsequently was named chairman of the Constitutional Amendments Committee.[13]

Return to the state senate

[12].Louisiana He also received 4.95% of the vote in [11].Washington, and Montana, Oregon and between four and five percent in [10];Utah 5.97% in [9];Alaska); 7.25% in [8]

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