EXCLUSIVE: Josh Duggar’s multiple scandals in the limelight, most recently his child pornography charges, have put an end to his true passion in life, according to a source close to the television family.
A friend of Duggar’s family speaking on anonymity to Fox News this week has weighed in on federal charges against the 33-year-old former TLC star. As his family surrounded him with “support” as he awaited trial in November, the insider said his former dream of pursuing a political career was over.
“Politics is his love. It has always been his love and his passion,” said the friend of the family. “The auto industry was not.”
The family friend, who has had several interactions with the family since they became a household name on their first show “19 Kids and Counting,” said Duggar used to talk about his dreams of becoming “a political advisor or a strategist”.
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The disgraced former reality TV star was indicted on federal charges in Arkansas in April and has since pleaded not guilty to one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. But his recent arrest is not his first misstep in the public eye.
In 2015, TLC pulled the family’s hit reality show “19 Kids and Counting” from the network following revelations he assaulted four of his sisters and a babysitter in the early 2000s. Duggar’s parents said he confessed to the touching at the time and apologized.
Later that year, it was reported that Duggar had an account on Ashley Madison, a website intended to facilitate extramarital affairs.
Before the assault scandal, Duggar got a taste of a job in politics in 2013 when he moved to Washington DC with his wife Anna and their then three children to take on the role of Executive Director of Family Research. Council Action, the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian organization.
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Duggar resigned from his post in May 2015 following his assault and porn addiction scandals.
“Last night we learned of reports online of allegations involving Josh Duggar, and then we read his confession today. We are saddened by Josh’s conduct and the devastating impact of his porn addiction and his marital infidelity, ”said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. in a statement at the time. “Our hearts are hurt for his family and for all who are touched by Josh’s actions. His deceptive behavior harms his family, friends, former colleagues and the cause he has publicly championed.”
Duggar’s friend reminded Fox News that it was around this time that Duggar made “some decisions that didn’t suit him.”
His recent federal charges, if true, appear “to be irrelevant,” the pal added.
After his resignation, Duggar would return home to Arkansas where he sold used cars on lots he owned. The insider revealed that Duggar has never found his job in the auto industry as fulfilling as politics.
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“Cars were fine. But politics was his passion. His dad was in the Arkansas House of Representatives. Josh loved working on campaigns and being on that side of everything,” the source said.
Duggar’s friend recalled his “very conservative” views. However, his dream has certainly “stopped,” the insider insisted.
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“Even here, in local politics, he was involved. I know he liked it. Again, it’s probably not part of his life right now, but it’s still something he’s been passionate about, j ‘I’m sure,’ he said.
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Last month Duggar’s trial was moved from its originally scheduled date of July 6, 2021, until November 30, 2021.
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