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Closeted Gay Republicans and a Party in Political Free-Fall | HuffPost
He argues that "it's becoming clear that some people on Capitol Hill are promoting a storyline that involves gay Republican staffers--apparently led by [Tom Reynolds's chief of staff Kirk] Fordham--covering up for Mark Foley. He also notes David Corn's report on "The List" — a document being passed around political circles of high-level Republican congressional aides who are gay. Corn, a liberal, says he will not publish The List, even though he has a copy. Here's his conclusion:. It could be a no-win situation for many of the parties involved — the media, conservative politicians with gay staffers, and, of course, those themselves on The List. But the election is not far away, and some lawmakers may see the "network of gay staffers and gay members" narrative as their best chance to limit fallout from the Foley story. Stay tuned — this one could get even uglier.
Closeted Republican Politicians
The Larry Craig scandal was an incident that began on June 11, , with the arrest of Craig, who at the time was a Republican United States Senator from Idaho , for lewd conduct in a men's restroom at the Minneapolis—St. Paul International Airport. Craig later entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct on August 8. As a result of the controversy surrounding his arrest, subsequent guilty plea, and pressure from his fellow Republicans,    Craig announced his intention to resign from the Senate at a news conference on September 1, which was to become effective on September
California's Log Cabin Republicans group - long kept at arm's length by party leaders - is growing in numbers, attracting attention from GOP candidates and trying to dispel the notion that gays can't wield power in a party dominated by social conservatives. But the nation's most vocal lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Republican organization has one big hurdle it hasn't cleared in its own party: official recognition. More than a quarter-century after the group was founded, the Log Cabin Republicans are barred from gaining inner-circle status in the state GOP, in part because of a party bylaw excluding groups advocating "certain lifestyle preferences or orientations.