Lovers / Presidents Kennedy, Ford had affairs with Ellen Rometsch
Presidents Kennedy, Ford had affairs
with East German spy: Johnson aide
Bobby Baker, who served prison time for tax evasion, says Ellen Rometsch pleased JFK so much that he thanked him for hooking them up. But she was deported when then-Attorney General Bobby Kennedy found out about her and wanted to avoid a scandal, Baker says.
PUBLISHED: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013, 4:02 PMBY
CORKY SIEMASKO/ NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
UPDATED: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013, 2:03 AM
Ellen Rometsch at 27 in spring 1963 in Washington, D.C. She allegedly ‘really loved oral sex.’
Presidents Kennedy and Ford both took a walk on the wild side with an Elizabeth Taylor look-alike who also happened to be an East German spy.
So claims Bobby Baker, the disgraced aide to future President Lyndon B. Johnson who spilled the salacious secrets in a interview with Politico Magazine.
“She really loved oral sex,” Baker, now 85 and living in Florida, said. “She went to the White House several times.”
Rometsch worked as a hostess at Washington’s Quorum Club, a secret salon in the Carroll Arms Hotel where officials hooked up with prostitutes.
JFK was so satisfied with Ellen Rometsch’s services “he thanked me” for hooking them up, Baker claimed.
But Rometsch was also bipartisan and had a dalliance with then-Congressman Jerry Ford, a Republican from Michigan, while he was on the Warren Commission investigating the Kennedy assassination.
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover got hold of a tape “where Jerry Ford was having oral sex with Ellen Rometsch,” Baker told Politico.
President Kennedy’s media efforts concerning Rometsch were dubbed the Rometsch strategy when President Clinton leaked favorable info to distract from the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Hoover then used that to blackmail the married Ford into secretly informing him what leads the Warren Commission was pursuing, said Baker.
When JFK’s brother, then-Attorney General Bobby Kennedy, found out about Rometsch, she was deported to East Germany to avoid any scandal, Baker said.
In a footnote to the Politico article, the former head archivist at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Mich., said Ford’s FBI file reveals he was talking to Hoover. But only Baker contends Ford was blackmailed.
President Ford’s alleged trysts with Rometsch showed the spy had a bipartisan spirit.
“It seems so out of character for the Ford that I knew,” the archivist, David Horrocks, said. “I just find it hard to believe.”
Baker said he didn’t realize Rometsch was serving the Soviets while the sultry spy was working as a hostess at the Quorum Club, a secret salon in the Carroll Arms Hotel where Washington politicians mingled with prostitutes.
Dubbed by Politico as “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” Baker was a legendary fixer on Capitol Hill and Democratic Party power broker who had Washington wired.
President Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy at Love Field airport in Dallas.
Baker fell from power shortly before JFK was killed and wound up serving 18 months in prison on federal tax evasion charges. He later co-wrote a memoir of his tawdry time at the top called “Wheeling and Dealing.”
Rometsch’s name resurfaced again during the Monica Lewinsky scandal when President Clinton’s allies were accused to trying to stymie the investigation of his affair with the White House intern.
Their alleged strategy of leaking info favorable to Clinton to reporters was dubbed the Ellen Rometsch Strategy.