Secret List of Gay Republicans on the Hill Includes Staffers of Ultra-Rightwingers

Representative Katherine Harris and Henry Hyde and Senators Bill Frist, George Allen, Mitch McConnell and Rick Santorum — all of whom oppose gay rights — employ gay people in high staff positions.

Washington is astir over “The List,” a document that purportedly contains the names of every closeted gay staffer on Capitol Hill. David Corn at the Nation has a copy. While he won’t release the names of the gay staff members, he gives us their job titles and who they work for:

What’s interesting about The List–which includes nine chiefs of staffs, two press secretaries, and two directors of communications–is that (if it’s acucurate) it shows that some of the religious right’s favorite representatives and senators have gay staffers helping them advance their political careers and agendas. These include Representative Katherine Harris and Henry Hyde and Senators Bill Frist, George Allen, Mitch McConnell and Rick Santorum. Should we salute these legislators for being open-minded enough to have such tolerant hiring practices? After all, Santorum in a 2003 AP interview compared homosexuality to bestiality, incest and polygamy. It would be rather big of Santorum to employ a fellow who engages in activity akin to such horrors. That is, if Santorum knows about his orientation.

As Pam Spaulding pointed out, Santorum’s communications director, Robert Traynham, has already been outed. But publication of the list might do additional damage to George Allen, who lost the votes of antisemites, a core constituency in his base, when it was revealed that Allen is technically Jewish. On his staff, my sources tell me he actually has two gay employees. News like this could dampen turnout among another of key constituency — Republican homo-bigot “values voters.”


  • Patricia Herrick
    October 7, 2006 - 11:56 am | Permalink

    I’d like to see ‘ralph’ on another thread, read this and see if he can call them DemLibs, for their foleylike, SanFrancisco ways.
    That’s what he’s calling foley, DemLib.

  • nanoy
    October 8, 2006 - 3:47 pm | Permalink

    The orientation is not the crime, the problems arise from a pedophile on the exploited children’s sub committee and then trying to cover up knowledge of Foley’s misdeeds. Outing every LGTB on capitol hill will only distract us from the real issue, which is power and greed.

  • Michael
    August 3, 2012 - 6:57 am | Permalink

    Never knew this. This is funny to find out about this about Bill Frist. Don’t know how any of them can be anti-gay and against any gay rights legislation and then employ several of them in high positions with a straight face.

    Guess money can make you ignore what people think about you through thier actions.

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