Monday, August 27, 2007

Hypocrite of the Week

Back in 2006 gay activist blogger Mike Rodgers began outing prominent members of the GOP on the Ed Schultz show. The first hypocrite he outed was Larry Craig, Republican Senator from Idaho. Larry immediately denied the allegation. Not surprising considering he is married with kids.

Today it was revealed that Larry was arrested in June for soliciting an undercover Police Officer in a men's room. Larry surpisingly plead guilty, only to change his mind when the media picked up on the story today.

This is Mike Rodger's statement on Larry Craig's arrest:

Larry Craig should stand up and be honest with the citizens of Idaho about who he is," said Rogers, the country's top gay activist blogger. "Tonight is a historic opportunity for Senator Craig to run for re-election as a proud gay American. What a great turning point for one of the most conservative states in the country to be represented by an openly gay Senator."

"Senator Craig's situation is exacerbated by the fact that he has a voting record that is counter to the interest of lesbian and gay Americans. All too often, closeted men like Senator Craig use their voting record to hide their truth from the American people. With this news now out in the open, I call upon Senator Craig to reevaluate his votes on issues like the Federal Marriage Amendment, Don't Ask Don't Tell, and the Defense of Marriage Act.

"The Minnesota arrest is not a one-time occurrence," Rogers added. "Last October, I reported on three other encounters that Senator Craig had with men – including one in a bathroom in Washington's Union Station. What's troubling about this is Larry Craig's hypocrisy: he repeatedly votes against the gay community during his day job, while engaging in same-sex encounters as extra curricular activity. Now is a good time for Larry Craig to join millions of other Americans and be proud of who he is.

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