A couple of years ago, Bob Norman outed Mark Foley in a column in the Broward Palm Beach New Times, causing Foley to drop out of the race for the Republican nomination for the US Senate. That's why I was incredulous that Foley's sexual orientation came as a surprise to anyone. In my 2004 Diary of a Congressional Candidate in Florida's Fourth C.D., I say that the state already had "a semi-openly gay Congresssman." (Foley sometimes showed up at social events in photos in South Florida gay newspapers).I suspect Bob Norman is probably accurate when he says Charlie Crist is gay. I don't know, though. In 1995 I wrote an op-ed piece for the Gainesville Sun opposing a proposal by Crist when he was in the state legislature to reinstitute the practice of prisoner chain gangs. And as a law school administrator who helped students pass the Florida bar exam, I would use Crist as an example of someone who failed the test numerous times but eventually succeeded and became the state's attorney general.It's been a pretty one-sided race so far, but U.S. Rep. Jim Davis of Tampa, the Democratic candidate, has suddenly appeared in striking distance in a recent poll.I am now a voter in a state that will almost surely re-elect its sitting governor, who everyone in the "family" knows is a lesbian.
As for Jason Wetherington, the 21yo who claims to have had relations with Crist, I don't know him. But his current employer, State Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, a Republican, is someone I know pretty well -- she worked for me as a teaching assistant while she was still in law school -- and Ellyn is incredibly savvy and totally ethical, so I can't imagine her hiring someone who isn't reliable.
I don't think the Republican leadership minds that some of its elected officals are closeted. They don't *really* believe homosexuality is a choice. It's just that the way they see it, a good homosexual feels perpetually ashamed and doesn't embarrass everyone else by bringing it out in the open.
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