Four More Top GOP Outings Could Be in the Offing

In the wake of closeted Sen. Larry Craig’s self-outing in an airport men’s room this summer, word from Washington says more revelations are coming about the secret sexual identities of two leading GOP senators, while two allegedly gay Republican congressmen are making headlines and drawing unwelcome attention to themselves, the timing of which could not be worse.

The senators are Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, from Kentucky. More about them below but first let’s look at two allegedly closeted members of the House, representatives Patrick McHenry and David Drier, who have been in the news lately.

Rep. Patrick McHenry’s Connection to Gay Murderer Confirmed

Rep. McHenry was one of the chief spinmeisters sent out by the House GOP leadership to do damage control after the outing of Rep. Mark Foley last year. McHenry was an interesting choice to spin away the leadership’s culpability in enabling Foley’s misbehavior because, like Foley, there have been persistent rumors about McHenry’s sexuality in the capitol and in North Carolina for years.

The rumors came to a boil in May when one of McHenry’s aides — who also shared digs with him — Michael Aaron Lay, 26, was indicted for voter fraud in North Carolina:

The indictment charges that [Lay] illegally cast his ballot in two 2004 Congressional primary run-offs in which McHenry was a candidate. The charges indicate that Lay voted in a district where it was not legal for him to vote.

At the time Lay was listed as a resident in a home owned by 32-year-old McHenry but campaign records indicate Lay’s paychecks were sent to an address in Tennessee. McHenry won the primary by only 86 votes. According to Gaston County, North Carolina District Attorney Locke Bell, Lay was indicted on Monday, May 7 by a local grand jury.

Now McHenry has been connected to the triple murder-suicide in Orlando last month in which the closeted gay former executive director of the Georgia GOP, Ralph Gonzalez, and his straight roommate, David Abrami, were shot by Jason Robert Drake, a gay ex-Marine.

Originally portrayed as a lover’s quarrel among the three men, recently developed particulars of the case have revealed Drake’s entanglement with a murder related to gay prostitution services in the Washington, D.C., area. It has also come to light that Rep. McHenry was an associate of Gonzalez and Gonzalez’ killer:

When I spoke to McHenry’s office about this they at first insisted they never heard of Drake then, confronted with specifics, admitted they know him. They refused to put Congressman McHenry on the phone. There is every indication that McHenry may have been one of the Republican elected officials who was using the services of the gay prostitution agency connected to Drake.

The North Carolina Conservative has more:

Another, more sinister motive [for the triple suicide-murders] has been put forth by several sources, including CrimeBlog.us. Reporters there say that Drake was associated with the owner of a gay escort service in the Virginia Beach area. The owners of that escort service are facing charges that they murdered the owner of a rival company catering to the gay community…

Sources tell The North Carolina Conservative that Drake volunteered on several Republican campaigns in western North Carolina, and was an associate of Congressman Patrick McHenry. Gonzalez is also believed to have been associated with McHenry in the past. Since being elected, McHenry has attempted to insure that all elected officials in his district are his supporters and cronies. This has caused a very nasty political war of attrition in the 10th District. Sources say that Drake worked on these campaigns as a surrogate of McHenry.

Aside from the gay angle, the murders of Gonzalez and Abrami have been tied to a suspicious suicide through Gonzalez’ connection to allegedly corrupt Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Florida. Gonzalez also worked with Christian politico Ralph Reed and Sheri McInvale, an indicted state pol in Florida.

Rep. David Dreier Gets Comfy Addressing Colombian Congress

Rep. Dreier, a senior House Republican was outed in 2004, but the public didn’t seem to notice. If he wants to keep it that way, he should avoid making a spectacle of himself, as he did last week in front of the Colombian legislature:

A U.S. congressman said on Thursday he meant no offense when he hoisted himself onto the lectern of Colombia’s lower house to address his Andean colleagues, some of whom were offended or simply amused by the faux pas.

Colombian newspapers carried pictures of Rep. David Dreier, a California Republican, sitting on top of the wooden podium and talking with local legislators on Tuesday while on an official visit…

“I have the highest regard for the Congress of Colombia,” Dreier told reporters in Bogota. “I meant absolutely no offense … I simply wanted to demonstrate my warm feeling and affection.”

Dreier was outed by Doug Ireland, who writes the column Direland in the LA Weekly, who was motivated by Dreier’s perfect record of voting against gay civil rights:

The “outing” was a result of Dreier coming under increasing scrutiny from gay rights groups because of what they characterize as an anti-gay voting record in Congress, which includes support of the Defense of Marriage Act, as well as votes against gay adoption, and against inclusion of homosexuality as a protected status in hate crime and employment discrimination legislation.

When Tom DeLay was removed as House Majority Leader in 2005, Dreier was Speaker Dennis Hastert’s pick to replace DeLay on an interim basis, but other House leaders quashed the move because Dreier is gay. The fact that Dreier is apparently happy to stay in a party that penalizes him because of who he is speaks volumes.

South Carolina Republicans Would Be Unhappy to Learn that Sen. Lindsey Graham Is Gay

If it were to come out that McCain’s Mini-Me, Sen. Graham, is gay, his chances of being reelected in South Carolina next year would drop to zero:

Lindsey Graham (R-SC), an unmarried/never married 52 year old with a funny, forced way of walking, has been far more fastidious with his homosexuality [than former Rep. Mark Foley was]. Again, “everyone” knows– except the voters in conservative South Carolina. Not that it doesn’t come up from time to time; people talk. In fact, the head of the Democratic Party in South Carolina said something when the effeminate Lindsey decided to run for Thurmond’s senate seat. “He’s a little too light in the loafers” to succeed Strom Thurmond. Graham got into a really queenie tizzy fit and loudly threatened to sue– although he didn’t. (They never do.)

Other famous never-married GOP figures in their 50s include White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and Sec. of State Condoleeza Rice.

Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Won’t Explain Why He was Expelled from the Army after 10 Days

Howie Klein reported last spring:

With Kentuckians growing more and more restless with their senator’s role in perpetuating the Bush Regime’s pointless “Stay The Course” agenda in Iraq, Mitch McConnell is facing a tough re-election battle next year. This has been exacerbated as it becomes more and more known that he has been a closeted gay man for decades while pushing an anti-gay agenda. He must be breathing a sign of relief today as the progressive group Americans United for Change has made its plans known that they will be tackling McConnell only on his role in advancing the Bush Regime’s war policies.

Klein told Counterpunch:

“Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s quick expulsion from the Army — for fondling a private’s privates — is finally being discussed in Kentucky.” He notes that McConnell, discharged after just 10 days in the Army in 1967, “has consistently prevented anyone from seeing his military discharge papers” but a Freedom of Information suit may bring them to light. (After the revelation of Craig’s arrest and confession, McConnell cosigned a statement with other top Republican legislators stating, “This is a serious matter” and indicating he is examining “other aspects of the case to determine if additional action is required.”)

As we noted last week, Republicans painted themselves into this gay corner when they formed their star-crossed coalition with Christian nationalists in 1979. It was never a good fit. Country club Republicans don’t generally care about discussing family values, and going to church is not the central focus of their lives — not hardly.

The GOP could find itself right back where it was after Watergate. Bush and his toadying to the Christian right have driven away the right-leaning independents. Without the support of the poor, dumbass so-called Christians, there aren’t enough country clubbers and anti-taxers out there to win a national election. Status quo circa 1977.

If the secret lives of any of these men are revealed as the election cycle ratchets up, the Christianists could well seek solace in a third party next year, leaving the GOP’s Washington elite literally without a base to stand on.

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  • tpagy
    September 4, 2007 - 12:17 pm | Permalink

    As a proud gay man am so glad to see these self hateing Homosexuals are finally getting a taste of there own medicine.

  • me
    September 4, 2007 - 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Whether you’re male or female, can you actually imagine sex with any of those pigs? The thought of it makes me want to puke.

  • Greg Bacon
    September 4, 2007 - 1:26 pm | Permalink

    I’m not taking up the cause of the subhuman life form Mitch McConnell, but his habit of fondling other privates’ privates could be nothing more than someone trying to get out of doing a hitch in the Army and getting sent to South Vietnam.

    It only took one instance of this happening and getting caught to get one a Section 8 out of the Army and away from being used as connon fodder.

    But if there are other records of Mitch having the itch, then where there’s smoke, there’s fire… in McConnell’s eyes.

  • Bill Dunn
    September 4, 2007 - 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Steal an election, who cares. Steal a kiss from a pretty boy and the sky falls in.

  • Maggie
    September 4, 2007 - 9:40 pm | Permalink

    Why are they being exposed now? Were these facts known about some of them in 2000 and 2004 as the Republicans were touting their “family values” superiority and castigating homosexuals with their anti-gay initiatives in key states during the elections? Maybe this would have had an impact on the outcome of those elections and maybe there would not have been an attack on 9/11 or a war in Iraq. It seems to me that most people hate hypocrisy.

  • Erasmus
    September 4, 2007 - 9:53 pm | Permalink

    I used to be in Drier’s district. It has been an open secret for years that he is a gay caballero.
    He travels with his little retinue of boychiks who wear loafers with the heel thingees that click when they walk.

    I couldn’t care less who’s gay, who’s straight, but the hypocrisy of these GOP turds would make a maggot puke.

  • GOPHater
    September 4, 2007 - 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Oh please, keep em coming!!! The hypocrisy party being outted. I love it!!

  • TheDecider
    September 4, 2007 - 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Hopefully Jeff Gannon will reappear real soon to tell his story.

  • John
    September 5, 2007 - 12:40 am | Permalink

    Im a straight married male…..No really, I am. Having said that, I’ve known for years that old Mitch McConnell is gay. Anyone who cant see that every time he slobbers into a mike is “Ray Charles” blind. As a matter of fact, I take it even further, Ive been saying this to my friends for years and I will say it again here..

    I would bet the home I live in that not only is he gay but he has a secret closet full of little boy’s underoos, spiderman, captain america, the whole collection.

    LOL

  • kev
    September 5, 2007 - 12:52 am | Permalink

    add Trent Lott to the list. in DC circles, he’s known to be a polesmoker. and don’t forget that he was a big mary sissyfag cheerleader in college. butched up his act when he entered politics. he’d keel over if he was ever publicly outed.

  • September 5, 2007 - 6:36 am | Permalink

    Now hold on for just one second, there.

    Mitch McConnell’s “fondling” of another private’s privates in 1967 is entirely understandable. There was a war going on. Vietnam.

    The once and future senator was strking a blow for the anti-war movement.

    I say, bravo!

  • Henk
    September 5, 2007 - 7:16 am | Permalink

    The McConnell “get out or Vietnam” angle struck me as well.

    “Hey, I didn’t grab that guy’s nuts because I’m gay, I did it because I’m a coward.”

    Either way he seems to fit quite nicely with the Republican crowd.

  • hook
    September 5, 2007 - 8:42 am | Permalink

    C’mon what about BUSH, also a sissy cheerleader, his children were conceived via artificial insemination, Jeff Gannon was screwing him in the white house.

  • Koop
    September 5, 2007 - 9:25 am | Permalink

    I watch the Senate and Congress on C-Span at times and the gay ones stand out very much from non gay. The people Rogers is threating to out are very gay as they speak. I see it their mannerisms behind the podium. Gay is as gay does. They cannot hide it.

    I see a storm on the horizon with the repigs. I predict that Bush all the way down to his lesser thans will be outed but only a few will actually be called on it by the press. The press loves storys like this because they have longevity to run on. Investigative reporters will be on this like flys on s— ! Proof is in the pudding and the pudding is about ready for serving. Oh, Karl ? Hey Condoeslie !

  • September 5, 2007 - 9:36 am | Permalink

    I am so happy about all of this, it could not happen to people more deserving than this bunch of thugs. Always disc-ing gays. Was this their way of covering what they were doing? Or was this what the right-wing christians wanted to hear? Whatever reason, I am just happy – soooo happy the truth has finally come to the surface. Jeff Gannon’s book is suppose to sell soon, I read someplace. Hopefully he will be able to tell us more about his 200+ nightly and daytime trips to the White House. I’m so excited I can hardly wait. The ole saying, “what goes around – comes around”, is certainly true. By the way, I am a straight person, but what others do, is their business. Only GOD can judge a person. The Rethugs should have left the judging to GOD.
    PS I truly, truly hope they get all of the exposure they truly, truly deserve. And it’s just in time.

  • September 5, 2007 - 9:58 am | Permalink

    from Schmitz Blitz:
    schmitzblitz.worpress.com

    I am somewhat conflicted about the tactics of Rogers. The process of accepting and disclosing one’s gayness is very stressful and scary–you have to worry about rejection from the people you care about the most, and begin to deal with the changes that come with being identified as a gay American. When someone else outs you, you loose control over this very difficult process, and it adds to the emotional turmoil.

    What’s more, Rogers’ tactics create a new sort of McCarthyism targeting gays. It makes me somewhat uncomfortable to see again this kind of a witch hunt going on within the walls of our government.

    Those concerns noted, I ultimately support the outing of anti-gay politicians. These politicians take their own shame and self-hatred over being gay out on open gays who just want to live their lives with dignity (as opposed to finding sexual fulfillment through secret trysts in public restrooms and parks). To me, using your democratically elected office as a closet is an abuse of power, and we need people like Rogers to expose that.

  • Madison
    September 5, 2007 - 10:41 am | Permalink

    Elizabeth:

    Mike Rogers only outs Republicans whose voting record or whose work is damaging to the civil rights of gay people. There’s no McCarthyism in that. There are closeted gay Democratic politicians – the senior senator from Maryland is allegedly gay – but they don’t vote to do damage to the gay community. He has expressed no interest in outing these folks.

    The idea that outing closeted gay Republican pols who vote to hurt gay rights is McCarthyism is bandied about in rightwing talking points but don’t fall for it. The motive of these closeted pols is to gain the support of “values voters” on false pretenses.

    Ironically, Joe McCarthy himself was allegedly gay. In 1952, after he had established himself as the nation’s leading persecutor of gay people, a Nevada newspaper outed him. McCarthy, unmarried at age 47, quickly married a staffer and adopted a child.

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  • Chabuka
    September 5, 2007 - 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Gay Old Politicians…..if they wouldn’t have got on their high horse and claimed themselves the party of morals and values..they wouldn’t be in this mess…..They can say what they want about Democratic “hypocrites” but it doesn’t work..the Dems never tried to claim the crown of morals as their own…if a Democrat is gay he will admit it and no one cares..the Dems don’t vote against gay rights….

  • Chabuka
    September 5, 2007 - 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Hey come to think of it wasn’t old Bush a cheerleader in College too..(and a Nat’l Guard deserter)

  • September 5, 2007 - 1:59 pm | Permalink

    What a great article… I’ve been reading about gay repubs for several yrs. Can not understand how they can preach so harshly against gays when so many of them are in the closet. But if it’s to sell your soul for a VOTE, then so be it.

    This conservative movement has been built on lies, deceit, trickery, biases (using fear to play to white men prejudices), and religion. A house built with sand dumes is destined to fall.

  • theloneconsumer
    September 5, 2007 - 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Well, from another free republic blog, someone knows that the North Carolina phone call to the police about David Abrami’s whereabouts was from the girlfriend David was MOVING IN WITH. And now Drake’s ex wife is saying he was not gay..

    Suppose I told you in 2004 there was another MURDER of a Florida DOT inspector general investigating FEENEY and his client with millions in fraudulent overcharging YANG enterprises? He was killed two months before his daughter’s wedding. they said suicide for him in Valdosta Ga. Except a sheriff there LEAKED the crime photos, he was strangled, his arm slit, and a tornequet used to torture him. His name was Raymond Lemme.

    Before he was killed, he had an appt with the General counsel of Jeb bush’s Florida DOT. Lemme was also investigating TOLL ROAD FRAUD and overcharging of contracts….

    Since Yang enterprises, from the DOT employee and former Yang enterprise software writer-CLINTON CURTIS went before US Judiciary in sworn statements about software he was made to write that could manipulate votes in electronic voting machines, I think Ralph Gonzalez was murdered for what he knew. And the men were in the way.

    Gonzalez had a Strategum business partner that was TODD SCHNICK (2007 records), also with him when they were directors of GA Republican Party (under investigated REED as Chairman of GA) in 2001-2002. Then Ralph left for the Feeney campaign (2002).Schnick is in Ga, and all these great black Democrat voting areas in Ga started having White Republican wins. And Democrats have been challenging, like the rest of America, that the software was re-written and fixed in the Diebold machines to a default vote.

    Suppose the manipulation of our voting nationwide centers around what Ralph would have known, and Yang and Feeney have been in the Wash DC newspapers for the last month. And Diebold is not able to sell it’s voting machines because of the “problems”. Although they refuse to allow source code to be reviewed, citing company secrets. I think there is a connection. Do you???

  • Richard Mishell
    September 5, 2007 - 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Arlen Specter is on Craig’s side in this deal, perhaps because the two of them are almost the only Republicans who are fighting Bush on the illegal wiretap business.

    Remember J. Edgar Hoover? Also a gay Republican. Notorious cross-dresser, too. He was head of the FBI for many years, and had secrets on everyone in Washington.

    I do believe that Karl Rove is the current J. Edgar Hoover.

    That said, it’s just possible that Craig was entrapped specifically on orders from higher up, as many people knew about his sexual habits while traveling. So if the Bush regime wanted to send a message to anyone else with the balls to stand up to them, this is how they did it.

    I’m not supporting Larry Craig, but Bush has gotten rid of his enemies in worse ways than this.

  • September 5, 2007 - 10:51 pm | Permalink

    I suspect a lot of the Right Wing Tory Federalist Society Federal Judges and Prosecutors and members of the Justice Dept. are also gay..

    There seems to be something appealing for the most right wing pseudo conservative reactionary ideology that appeals to those who are less comfortable with their sexuality be it gay or straight..

    Many of the closeted gays are themselves self loathing and guilt ridden individuals so it easy for them a don the frock of the right wing ideology which is so set rigid and nothing more than rhetoric and a dialectic..and or script..!

    So many of those around Bush are suspect flawed warped individuals those in the White House Justice dept. and as we are seeing Congress and Senate as well..

    The university of Berkley did a recent study on this what it is in a gvine individual that makes them adopt this false persona of a so called “conservative”..

    It is some sort of pathology apparently..

    J Edgar Hoover, Roy Kohn, same bovine scatology, self hating gays who persecuted and ruined other gays..

  • Robert
    September 6, 2007 - 5:57 am | Permalink

    Mike, I won’t be suprise if I read about you in the obits. You might end up in a one-car accident with no witnesses, drown in a swimming pool, or have a untimely heart attack. You have made powerful enemies my friend, and they play hardball. Watch Your Back.

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  • anonymous
    September 6, 2007 - 9:22 am | Permalink

    i forgot about Ray Lemme

    what loneconsumer said

    the crimes are too thick to keep track of

    Paul Wellstone? anybody?

  • SplendidOne
    September 6, 2007 - 9:43 am | Permalink

    I was on a ship in the Navy in 1968 and one night a large group (~12?) of guys got naked, sat in a circle on the deck in the sleeping quarters, and grabbed each others’ penises – just moments before the Bos’n came through on his nightly check.

    They were helicoptered off ship within days and all were discharged and back in the states shortly thereafter.

  • TONY - Austin, TX
    September 6, 2007 - 11:39 am | Permalink

    Madison’s reasoning is flawed. Outing is only appropriate whenever Mike decides hypocrisy is involved?!?

    Outing is wrong, period dot.

    There are plenty of conservative, Gay Christians opposed to same-sex marriage or special class hate crimes legislation. That is not hypocrisy. That is a difference of opinion on public policy and political philosopy.

    We don’t expect all straight people to think alike. Why should we expect it of all gay people?

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