Sunday, October 08, 2006
David Corn confirms that he's seen the list and without naming aides, no surprise that staff members from Sen. George Allen's Senate office are on the list. Previously, it had been widely reported that Allen's office was swarming with gays at senior level positions.
[A] group of gay activists, angered by what they see as hypocrisy by gay Republicans, have begun circulating a document known as The List, a roster of gay Congressional staff members and their Republican bosses.
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 accurate) 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.Oh, make no mistake about it, who better to frame homophobia and the gay "issue" than someone who is gay himself?
Besides, it's a nifty little way to absolve the sins of bigotry with the blood of an overworked staff member. Employ a few gays who will work their asses off and then you can claim what a magnimous swell guy you are for bringing an "untouchable" into the bosom of your office.
It's an internalized homophobia that allows them to work against their own personal self interest. Maybe to some, money is more important than matters of the libido.
And there are suggestions that it's not only members of Congress who have gay staff. There are rumors swirling around high level officials in the Bush Administration.
I've been out for more than 25 years and cannot imagine how anyone who is gay or lesbian could work for the majority of Republicans in office today.
My 9 year old could write something that makes more sense than this comment...
suggestions... rumors... have you ever heard of the concept of facts?
If you are unsure, go ask your anonymous 9 year old ... if you really have one.
GOPers are a bunch of phony hypocrites with repressed sexual appetites. Thus, instead of healthy relationships with like-minded spirits, their repression manifests in perversion.