October 29, 2002
RUDY'S GAY ROOMIES AT ISSUE IN S.C. RACE
(VINCENT MORRIS, October 29, 2002, NY Post)
The Democratic Senate candidate in South Carolina has taken a swipe at Rudy Giuliani's decision to shack up with two gay men after he moved out of Gracie Mansion.
Alex Sanders hit Giuliani during a debate with Republican candidate Lindsey Graham - who's been endorsed by Giuliani - as the two sparred over who's the most liberal.
"[Giuliani's] an ultra-liberal," Sanders huffed. "His wife kicked him out and he moved in with two gay men and a Shih Tzu. Is that South Carolina values? I don't think so."
From Montana to Carolina, it's the Democrats vs. gays...and nary a protest is heard.
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 29, 2002 3:49 PM
Yup... with three Dem candidates on the gay-bashing bandwagon, it's definitely time for a blog entry on it.
I have to admit to the mortal sin of pride over here, for predicting more Dem gay-bashing within six hours of this SC mess.
Aren't you conservatives always complaining that liberals demand adherence to inflexible orthodoxy? Maybe it's a good sign that Dems can now be homophobic, just as Republicans can now be gay. :P
It's not the homophobia or the homosexuality, it's the double standard. Imagine the reaction if Republicans attacked gay Democrats the way the Left attacks Andrew Sullivan?
Oops I see the third now... posted on it.
And of course it's a huge double standard and the GLAAD website, at least, has said nothing thus far. I hope Sully will keep tabs on this, like he did with the Taylor ad. TAPPED - which is playing dumb on Montana like far too many Dems, severely damaging their credibility - has condemned it, to their credit. So it's more important to see what homosexual groups say about it.
Thus far I have seen no attacks on Richard Goldstein and Signorile where they are attacked specifically for being gay, not on what he writes, the way some people go after Sullivan. I have yet to see anyone refer to them as a "Queen," etc.
I'm just disappointed no one has use the old "your sister is a thespian and you are a practising heterosexual" in any of the campaigns.
The gay activists silence on this matter is similar to the silence from blacks when Senator Bryd made his "white n---r" comments on Fox. Or the silence from NOW when Clinton was fooling around with a subordinate.
Where I come from, it was "It is well known that his brother matriculated and his sister is a thespian." (Society for the Preservation of Old Jokes.)
You can make that 4, maybe. A not-too-reliable source out here says a woman is calling "selected Republicans" (whatever that means) claiming to be a former lover of Linda Lingle, the GOP candidate for governor.
There's little doubt it's happening, but it could be a freelancer. No evidence from a source I'd trust that the party is behind it.
The charge (if that's the word for it) came up in public four years ago, when she first ran for governor. Lingle dealt with it frankly, and I see on another blog that she deals with it again on her website, which I haven't looked at.
When she was on the county council and was mayor, it was around, too, as a whispering campaign. My paper ignored it and it didn't go public till she ran in a statewide race.
Famously, in the 1986 race for Congress, Waihee, later to be governor, beat Heftel with a last-minute homosexual whispering campaign. They were both Democrats.