UPDATE: Major media runs with story
First to dispense with all of the right wingers who will post in the comments that I have not come up with physical proof of this case. Before commenting, I urge you to look at a few of the cases I have reported on in the past:
On October 17, 2006, I reported that Senator Larry Craig was a closet case who bashed gays while engaging in oral sex in public bathrooms. Comments on the site included:
- that’s all you’ve got?
- hello — what is the proof?
- Put up or shut up – this is not the place to act like you have some inside knowledge without providing the facts.
It took over a year for one of my closest friends to tell me that when I first outed Craig he didn’t believe me. I explained, I have a 100% record and I don’t screw cases up.
Then, On August 27 of the next year, we all learned some more about Larry Craig and his bathroom habits.
On March 4, 2005 I reported about a certain Florida congressman who had a habit of hitting on men half his age. “…Mark Foley hit on men less than half his age…” I wrote. And once again comments came in. “Where is the proof???” people asked.
On March 22 of that year, I awarded him the Roy Cohn Award for his part in contributing to anti-gay oppression from within the closet.
Then, On September 28, 2006, Mark Foley was exposed for inappropriate emails with young pages and eventually instant messages came to light as additional proof of who Mark Foley really was.
So, that’s the preamble. In other words… I’m a reporter. I meet with people and I talk to them. Then based on a review of all of the facts, I report closet cases that hurt the gay community. You may not like my style, but I have a track record of 100%.
And for those reasons I am now able to confirm a rumor that has circulated in South Carolina for years. South Carolina Lt. Governor Andre Bauer is a closeted anti-gay politician who stands to replace Mark Sanford should Sanford resign or be impeached (a real possibility as Sanford is caught in his own sex scandal.)
So, what is the deal with Bauer? I have confirmed and spoken to four individuals who I have no doubt are telling me the truth. These men have been hit on by Bauer, with one of them telling me it happened at least five times since Bauer’s election in 2003. To a varying degree I have met with and believe the sources. And, as you’ll recall, I have that 100% record.
This was still not enough for me to report on him. Then another call came in and I met with the source while he was visiting DC recently. “He’s gay,” the source told me.
“How do you know?” I asked.
“Because I’ve had sex with him on two separate occasions.” That too, was not enough for me to report on without confirmation from others. I was led on a path to chatting with acquaintances of the source and two former employees of Bauer who served on his staff between 2004 and 2007. They reported to me that on a total of three occasions Bauer spent hours alone with men in hotel rooms. Each of them explained that the visits were with younger men who were not on the staff of the Lt. Governor nor had any official reason to be with him. The two men each confirmed that they had not known each other and each described similar circumstances under which these interactions occurred. One of them confirmed that he was told by the Lt. Governor’s visitor he had a sexual encounter with Bauer.
The combination of the reports and the first hand experiences were what I need to maintain my 100% record of being right in my reporting on this site.
This case is particularly interesting because the governor Bauer serves has a little sex issue himself. It was Mark Sanford (a former resident of the now famous C-Street House) who decided it was appropriate to use the state’s resources to fly to South America to rendezvous with his “soul mate.” As you can imagine, this did not go over too well with Sanford’s wife, who moved out of the governor’s mansion. (I give her credit, she was not one of the fools who stood by on TV as her husband confessed his sins (see: Craig, Suzanne and McGreevy, Dina).
His record? The bachelor is a right wing Christian conservative. He’s done everything from defend the state issuing “I believe” license plates (complete with a cross on them) to defending the right of schools to use corporal punishment. In the presidential election he supported Mike Huckabee.
There have been many rumors over the years about the Lt. Governor who was endorsed, incidentally, by Mark Sanford’s wife (she must have an attraction to men with sexual secrets) but now they are, for the first time, verified on the site that has a 100% track record of this reporting. All of the other reports were based on rumors and innuendo, this one is based on individuals I have personally spoken with and met.
Let there now be no doubt.
There is another difference between this report and others. This one will be on satellite radio coast to coast! (How to listen)
Over the next week or so, I’ll be providing a variety of take action activities to make sure the right people in SC know the truth (and not the rumors) about Bauer. After all, what good is an outing if the right people don’t know about it? Ask Mark Foley… Ask Larry Craig… Ask Ed Schrock. Ask them all.
Update: Major media runs with story.
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