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Friday, October 06, 2006

Republican Staffers Being Pinklisted?

I'm not sure what to make of this story:
The Nation's David Corn reports that this has now been committed to paper:

"There's a list going around. Those disseminating it call it 'The List.' It's a roster of top-level Republican congressional aides who are gay.

"On CBS News on Tuesday, correspondent Gloria Borger reported that there's anger among House Republicans at what an unidentified House GOPer called a 'network of gay staffers and gay members who protect each other and did the Speaker a disservice.' The implication is that these gay Republicans somehow helped page-pursuing Mark Foley before his ugly (and possibly illegal) conduct was exposed. The List -- drawn up by gay politicos -- is a partial accounting of who on Capitol Hill might be in that network.

"I have a copy. I'm not going to publish it. For one, I don't know for a fact that the men on the list are gay. And generally I don't fancy outing people -- though I have not objected when others have outed gay Republicans, who, after all, work for a party that tries to limit the rights of gays and lesbians and that welcomes the support of those who demonize same-sexers.

"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 acucurate) 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. "
A lot more here.

I can't think of any good reason for gay Republicans to be making a list of gay Republicans on the hill other than maybe career advancement. You know, they help the Republican party purge other gay men and then they get a promotion. Disgusting, disgusting, disgusting. And I can't see how any of this helps the Republican party. I hope that Christian conservatives become so upset the gay mafia has infiltrated their party that they stay home in November. It's long past time for Democrats to drain the GOP swamp, although promising voters that you're going to raise taxes is a really dumb was to go about it.