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1. Clayton Williams makes "rape is like the weather" joke in 1990 Texas gubernatorial race.
In 1990, Republican Texas millionaire Clayton Williams looked like he was coasting to an easy win over Democratic candidate Ann Richards. Before a "working cow camp" event chock full of reporters, Williams compared the day's soggy weather to rape: ''If it's inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.'' Williams half-apologized for the comment, explaining to the press, "That's not a Republican women's club that we were having this morning...It's a working cow camp, a tough world where you can get kicked in the testicles if you're not careful.''
It turned out Williams did indeed end up getting kicked in the testicles - he lost a close race to Richards. At least his wife, improbably named Modesta, was there to nurse his wounds: ''If the word rape was in a joke, if sex was in a joke, it was just a joke,'' she told The New York Times. ''He's about as much of a gentleman, a caring person, as there is.''