August 30, 2004


U.S. Rep. Schrock drops re-election bid over ''allegations'' (The Virginian-Pilot, August 30, 2004)

U.S. Rep. Ed Schrock abruptly withdrew from his re-election race this afternoon, citing unspecified allegations.

Over the past two weeks, a Washington-based Web site has spread claims that Schrock was gay, despite having voted against gay-rights issues such as marriage.

"In recent weeks, allegations have surfaced that have called into question my ability to represent the citizens of Virginia's Second Congressional Distict," Shrock said in a press release.

Schrock, who would have been seeking his third term, did not elaborate on the nature of the allegations.

"After much thought and prayer, I have come to the realization that these allegations will not allow my campaign to focus on the real issues facing our nation and region," the statement said. "Therefore, as of today, I am stepping aside and will no longer be the Republican nominee for Congress in Virginia's Second Congressional District. [...]

The allegations emerged two weeks ago, on Aug. 19, when a Web site called posted claims that Schrock was gay, and accused Schrock of being a hypocrite for opposing gay rights issues.

The Web site – a one-man operation out of Washington that focuses on gay issues – has a history of “outing” gay members of Congress.

The site did not offer any proof of its allegation that Schrock was gay.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 30, 2004 10:41 PM

A history of outing gay members of Congress?

How big a history?

Posted by: Harry Eagar at August 31, 2004 1:38 AM

Supposedly more names are to be released prior to the election. I wonder if his source is Barney Frank.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 1, 2004 10:59 PM