Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Everyone and his mother knew that Denny Hastert's pick to keep felon-in-waiting DeLay's majority leader post, California Representative David Dreier didn't get the nod because the bible-beating conservatives didn't want a pole smoker in the chair.
There was no other possible reason to nix Dreier - he's the Right kind of guy:
* he has a solid 92% Christian Coalition voting record,
* he supported the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act
* he voted for the Marriage Protection Act (which would have stripped fed courts of jurisdiction over challenges to DOMA
* he was for a measure that banned gays from adopting in Washington, D.C...
Dreier's been outed already in the blogosphere, and the AP outed him in all but name in a story last week. John Byrne at Raw Story reveals that the media was thisclose to reporting on that little bit of business, but was gun shy about not having enough "confirmation" to run with it. The whiny Dreier naysayers whispered about him being "too moderate," but as you've read above, his record is nothing of the sort. Barney Frank quipped about that load of crap:
Responding to reports that Dreier was nixed because he was a moderate, openly gay congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) remarked, "Yes, in the sense that I marched in the moderate pride parade last summer and went to a moderate bar."
RAW STORY revealed that Dreier was gay and that he had lived with his male chief of staff, with whom he had traveled to dozens of countries at government expense. The story was later broadened by LA Weekly. Reports Dreier had lived with his male chief of staff were first floated by blogACTIVE.com.
...Frank said he had several conversations with mainstream reporters who declined to print his allegations.
"Many of the media who cover Congress say that the gay piece was a factor," he quipped. "I'm not saying that it was the reason, but I think that it was a factor. Stem cell research is not an issue for them. [Sen. Bill] Frist (R-TN) and [Sen.] Orrin Hatch (R-UT) would not be rejected as moderates." Frist and Hatch support stem cell research, a position not held by conservative Republicans.
Several Washington reporters, who would not go on record by name, confirmed Frank's account. Each said concern surrounding Dreier's sexuality was a major factor in the decision, but added that there was not enough information to write a story on the issue.
The issue at hand, Frank says, isn't whether Dreier is gay, but that a decision would be made based on perception of a congressman's sexuality.
"It's reflecting this review that gayness is so terrible that it's the unmentionable of unmentionables," Frank told RAW STORY. "I believe there are journalists who know this and won't say."