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.

63 Comments

  • Madison
    September 6, 2007 - 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Tony –

    It isn’t hypocrisy if they say, “I’m gay and I’m opposed to civil rights for people like me.” What is hypocrisy is when they hide their sexual identities and work to suppress the rights of gay people.

    Outing is always appropriate when there is deception involved. If, say, Tom Tancredo had illegal aliens on his payroll, I would think conservatives would want to know it. There’s no difference in that hypothetical and Larry Craig, David Dreier and Pat McHenry voting against gay rights in order to keep up the pretense that they are straight so that they can fool their constituents into continuing to vote for them.

    It’s also confusing that conservatives support the idea of secretly gay politicians posing as homophobic straight men in order to trick Christians and other not-so-bright people out of their votes.

  • DinDC
    September 6, 2007 - 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Tony – You just don’t get it.

    If some very twisted individual decides to beat the living crap out of me, merely because I am perceived to be gay, then that is a hate crime. A “special class” has nothing to do with it.

    If I cannot be at my partner’s bedside in hospital (Partner of more than a decade, I might add) just because I am not a “Family” member, that is wrong.

    These mean-spirited closet cases hurt gay people by pandering to the worst in people – Their ignorance and their fears.

    I say out them all.

    “Conservative, Gay Christian,” by the way, sounds contadictory.

  • tpagy
    September 6, 2007 - 2:05 pm | Permalink

    tony I guess its ok for these people to hide behind there lies and hurt people who have done nothing but care about another humanbeing and i speak from experince as someone who was in a 12 yr loving and commited relaionship when my partner became ill and i was the one who took care of him bathing him and cleaning him up when messed himself and made certain he was taking his medicine hooked him up to a IV drip nitely and took him off of it in the morning before i had to leave to go to work and was the one with him when he died because his christian parents could’nt be bothered and then after that being asked why would i want to be present at his fineral and then to add insult to injury they had me removed from his life insurance that would have made my life tolerable but because I was not leagally recognized by law I lost everything that we had built together over 12 yrs so saying its wrong to out these people is pathetic.

  • DinDC
    September 6, 2007 - 3:38 pm | Permalink

    tpagy…

    I hope that you are doing well now after going through all that. I wish you all the best. That is horrific; no one deserves what you endured.

    Take care.

    DinDC

  • Zeke
    September 6, 2007 - 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Don’t mind Tony. He’s one of them. This stuff scares the shit out of him. I’m glad.

  • September 7, 2007 - 1:33 am | Permalink

    “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.”

    I’m delighting in the outing of the GOP hypocrites, but I also call bullshit. Barbara Mikulski, the “senior senator” in question, supported the DOMA.

    Mike Rogers is definitely partisan in his focus. While the GOP is richly deserving of having its hypocrites outed, the Democratic ones will never be outed by Rogers, because his primary goal isn’t bringing GOP hypocrites to account but rather boosting the Democratic Party.

    In fact, I daresay that I bet that Rogers is sitting on information about a number of Democrats, who were supporters of DOMA or Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, that he’ll never allow to see the light of day because it would hurt his own party.

    Hopefully some more independent folks will come forward to investigate these claims after the firestorm begins. I’d love to see a journalist ask “Senator Mikulski, as a gay woman, why did you vote to ban marriage equality?”

  • Madison
    September 7, 2007 - 6:47 am | Permalink

    I stand corrected about Sen. Mikulski, whose vote in 1996 on DOMA I’d forgotten. However, yesterday on “Hardball,” Mike Rogers said he had three Democrats on his list. One of these may be Sen. Mikulski.

  • timbertruth
    September 7, 2007 - 12:01 pm | Permalink

    In an airport in Fla. back in the late 70’s, my flight was delayed. I struck up a conversation with the guy sitting next to me for a while and we talked about generalities which led to what he did for a living. He claimed to be an investigative journalist and sounded like one. I asked him about something my father had talked about which was that many children who are missing in the US have been put on the white slave market in and around D.C. This guy said it is very true and that when a child is missing, local police departments check air flights bound for D.C. right away. When I asked him why D.C., he said they are offered up to our congressmen and it is a lucrative business in D.C… many takers.

    I heard this same story again in the late 80’s from a neighbor from Minnesota. He said pretty much the same thing and noted Minnesota has many blue eyed blonde little boys because of their northern european heritage. And when one is missing the law heads for the airport. He said these little boys are the cream of the crop for the perverts. Pathetic!

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  • September 9, 2007 - 3:47 pm | Permalink

    This is just getting to be too much … FUN!

    I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning.

    Lindsey, I’m particularly waiting for you. Come out, honey, the water’s fine.

    Or, we could just push you in that water. Your choice.

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  • September 9, 2007 - 5:24 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.

  • September 9, 2007 - 5:26 pm | Permalink

    My comment was truncated! I was, however, in agreement with [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.
    Comment by me | Sep. 4, 2007, 1:00 pm]

  • mystic
    September 9, 2007 - 6:51 pm | Permalink

    “Lindsey, I’m particularly waiting for you. Come out, honey, the water’s fine”.

    And make sure your two-piece bikini is in place,honey. And try not squealing and giggling so, dear,it’s so effeminate!

  • bill
    September 9, 2007 - 9:21 pm | Permalink

    So, was mitch playing with a private’s privates because he is gay, or because he is a draft dodger??

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  • September 9, 2007 - 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Here’s a photograph of the Republican party’s platform statement: http://wwwthepartyofthewidestance.blogspot.com/

  • Dc-20008
    September 10, 2007 - 7:37 am | Permalink

    Arlen Spector isn’t gay. He is having an affair with a Congressman from Massachusetts’ wife.

  • GayRudy
    September 10, 2007 - 10:06 am | Permalink

    How about Rudy’s habit of cross-dressing?

    He is a one freaking bi!

  • September 11, 2007 - 1:11 pm | Permalink

    I don’t care what consenting adults do in privacy, even if it reeks of hypocrisy. Let’s focus on the real crimes of this cabal – aggressive war, disregard of the Bill of Rights, undermining democracy…

  • v
    September 13, 2007 - 5:36 am | Permalink

    Lindsay Graham would certainly be interesting, isn’t he an officer in the resereve military?

  • Ron
    September 13, 2007 - 8:14 am | Permalink

    Years ago, there was a story going around about Bush having a sexual relationship (during his time in the military) with a former mayor of Knoxville. That story was quickly hushed up.

    The possibility of more outings must have a lot of folks on the Hill shaking in their conservative boots.

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  • Ron
    September 13, 2007 - 9:30 am | Permalink

    Regarding that rumor about Bush and the Mayor of Knoxville:

    Check out this site:

    http://poland.indymedia.org/pl/2004/09/9014.shtml

  • September 13, 2007 - 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Ron: We have a story on Victor Ashe, too. It’s here.

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  • Lorie Price
    September 29, 2007 - 10:40 am | Permalink

    Does this mean Democrats are finally going to reform all their programs that oppress gay people?

    After years of paying over 12% of my income in FICA taxes I nsure wish my partner and her kids could receive social security survivor benefits like all my heterosexual siblings do?

    Why am I a tax slave? Less than? A 2nd class citizen?

  • dan
    October 4, 2007 - 4:14 pm | Permalink

    The White House Chief of Staff, Josh Bolten,is surely a candidate, what with his hobby of taking and collecting photos of his boss’s hands and his vacation home in gay-friendly Key West. He is even listed in the telephone directory.

  • chris
    January 9, 2009 - 1:54 pm | Permalink

    You hit the nail on the head with that last paragraph, I’ve never quite figured out what the problem with the Republican Party is and I think you’ve got it. It also should be a red flag to the Christian right that they are being used for votes.

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