And The Loser Is.....Larry Craig
On national talk radio's Ed Shultz Show, to the tune of Diana Ross' I'm Coming Out, gay activist and blogger Mike Rogers today outed Senator Larry Craig (R-ID), claiming to have multiple independent sources from different parts of the country, all of whom say they have had homosexual sex with Senator Craig. Rogers' sources include one man who claims to have had sex with Craig in the men's room of Washington DC's Union Station, a Capitol Hill area train station. Rogers said, "The Senator has same-sex encounters with men and then actively works against the rights of gay people."
Rogers stated that he has concrete evidence that will protect him from potential libel litigation from Senator Craig, although he refused to give radio host Ed Shultz any specific substantiation, which was very disappointing. "My sources are individual men who have had sexual encounters with the Senator. I am willing to spend the rest of my life in prison to protect their identity."
Now in his fourth term, Senator Craig, 61, married Suzanne Thompson in 1987 and has adopted her three children from a previous marriage. Craig sits on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee and is the chairman of the Veteran Affairs Committee. He also sits on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association and is active in hunter's rights causes.
Craig has a zero rating from the Human Rights Campaign and 100% rating from the Christian Coalition. On June 7th, 2006, Craig voted for a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would have banned gay marriage nationwide, had it passed. He also voted no on adding sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes. Voted no on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. Voted no on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. If you'd like to call our boy Larry and welcome him into the bright gay light, his DC office number is 202-224-2752.
UPDATE: Reactions on Andrew Sullivan, Daily Kos, Wonkette, Pam's House Blend.
UPDATE II: Download the MP3 of Mike Roger's radio appearance.
UPDATE III: Craig's office denies allegations.