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August 16, 2004

Are Homosexual Politicians Criminals?

I've posted on how prominent Canadian homosexual politician Svend Robinson was caught stealing a $64,000 ring. Just a couple of days later, we find that the Democratic governor of New Jersey, James McGreevey, has confessed to homosexuality and is resigning, apparently to avoid blackmail from a man to whom he'd given a $110,000 salary in exchange for sexual favors.

The Vancouver Sun of August 14 tells us that McGreevey gave the $110,000 per year job of "homeland security chief" to an Israeli "poet" who used to work for the Israeli consulate aroused comment even before the sexual link was known. Within three months, McGreevey had changed the man's title to "policy advisor". The man resigned within a year, after complaints that he rarely showed up for work.

Is this kind of criminality inevitable in homosexual politicians? I can only think of three others offhand. U.S. Representative Barney Frank had a lover who used his apartment for prostitution, but, I think, without Frank's knowledge. Rep. Kolbe hasn't commited any crimes that I know of. And there was another Massachusetts U.S. Rep. from Cape Cod, I think, who molested boy pages (or was it interns?) but was never prosecuted. Not a very honorable list, is it?

Posted by erasmuse at August 16, 2004 08:20 PM

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Harvey Milk?

The mear fact that you cannot take a second to Google a phrase like "homosexual politicians" or "gays in politics" speaks to your laziness on this non-issue.

So you're not aware of those in your own city? James McNamara, who is the Deputy Mayor of Bloomington, Indiana?

I'm not sure if I should give you this link or not; you'll obviously have some comment on where those gays who hold office are.


Bit more than you suspected, I imagine.

Posted by: Lij at August 18, 2004 12:46 AM

The site,


is an interesting one. True, I had no idea that such figures as the State Treasurer of Maine of the Chairwoman of California's State Board of Equalization were homosexual, not to mention the Deputy Mayor of Bloomington, Indiana. But I think I did pretty well. The only politicians on the list anywhere close to the prominence of those I mentioned, Governor McGreevey, MP Robinson, and Rep. Kolbe are the Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, and the U.S. Rep. from Madison, Wisconsin.

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen at August 18, 2004 10:44 PM

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