Morris the Catch
Dick Morris’ Texas mistress breaks her silence to stand by her man.
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Ending weeks of seclusion, the Austinite who is defrocked political consultant Dick Morris’ other other woman—and the mother of his only child—will soon tell the story of their twelve-year relationship exclusively to the tabloid TV show American Journal. According to her spokesman, Tom Pearl, forty-year-old Barbara Jean Pfafflin is going public to respond to some of the nasty things said about the man she loves. Pfafflin can’t grant interviews until the American Journal segment airs, but Pearl promises she’ll spin a riveting tale that begins back in 1984, when Morris was advising Texas governor Mark White and she was working for an Austin escort service. Among the more interesting revelations:
• For more than a decade, Pfafflin traveled with Morris as he ran campaigns around the country, including those of Arkansas Democrat Bill Clinton and Mississippi Republican Trent Lott (now the majority leader of the U.S. Senate). Pfafflin would never appear with him in public; rather, she would stay in their hotel room during the day while he was working. At night, they would eat dinner, and then she would give him a massage.
• In early 1995, after Morris revealed during his FBI background check that he had a daughter out of wedlock, Clinton wanted to know only one thing: not how he could commit adultery, but whether he was paying child support. Morris assured the president—who has spent the past four years railing against deadbeat dads—that he was.
• Washington, D.C., prostitute Sherry Rowlands wasn’t the only one with whom Morris shared national secrets. Like Rowlands, Pfafflin was told in advance about the possibility of life on Mars. And while Morris showed Rowlands the vice president’s speech before the Democratic convention, he showed Pfafflin the president’s speech.
• Morris put Pfafflin through college, as Pfafflin says he had done for his wife, Eileen McGann. Back in the seventies, Pfafflin was enrolled at the University of Texas, but financial woes forced her to drop out. Thanks to Morris, she returned to UT in the early nineties and earned a degree in government. Last fall, nearly a year before l’affaire Morris hit the papers, the otherwise discreet Pfafflin spilled the beans to one of her professors, Lewis Gould, who says he didn’t know whether to believe her. This spring, Pfafflin took a class from LBJ biographer Robert Dallek. While she didn’t confide in Dallek, she did write a paper on Morris’ twenty-year friendship with Clinton. “It was a very good paper,” Dallek recalls, “and I gave it a strong grade.”
According to Pearl, Pfafflin wants to write a book about her time with Morris (tempted, perhaps, by the $2.5 million advance Morris received from Random House for his book). In mid-October, in fact, she called Dallek’s New York agent, John Wright, and Wright is anxious to see her proposal: “If she wants to, she could write a serious commentary on political consulting. She knows more about Morris than anyone—except his wife, of course.”