It is about time. While there are crickets chirping on the Outing Witchhunt over at Log Cabin (Republicans) and the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force at least a semblance of a spine to stand up to the sexual McCarthyites preying on GOP Congressional staffers.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force calls upon Democrats, Republicans and straight allies to stand up for gay AmericansThe National Gay and Lesbian Task Force today condemned emerging attempts to shift responsibility for the Foley scandal by blaming gay Republican congressional staffers for supposedly covering up prior reports of predatory behavior by former Rep. Mark Foley.
Discussions of a supposed network of closeted gay Republicans working on Capitol Hill have swept the blogs and been raised on MSNBC and CBS. There are allegations, for example, that gay former Foley aide Kirk Fordham, the recently resigned chief of staff for Tom Reynolds (R-NY), worked to play down complaints about Foley’s behavior.
Fordham has said that more than three years ago he had “more than one conversation with senior staff at the highest level of the House of Representatives asking them to intervene.”
Statement from Matt Foreman, Executive Director National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
The GOP has only one response when it’s in trouble — ‘blame the gays.’ First, they floated the excuse that past complaints about Foley weren’t pursued because Republicans didn’t want to look like they were ‘gay bashing.’ Then, they dispatched henchmen like Tony Perkins and Pat Buchanan to offer the blood libel that gay men are prone to pedophilia.
Now — in another signal of desperation — it is clear they plan to poison the debate further with allusions to a shadowy network of closeted gay Republicans who closed ranks to protect Foley.
“The parallels to McCarthyism are chilling. Here it is gays, not communists, ‘operating at the highest levels of government.’
“There is no doubt that allegations of Foley’s misconduct were brought directly to the attention of the Republican leadership of the House. They chose to look the other way. They alone are to blame.
“While many Democrats may be taking real pleasure in watching the GOP twist and turn, it’s long past time for them –– and other leaders –– to denounce these shameful, gay-baiting, responsibility-evading tactics.”
Now this blog has never been friendly to Foreman or the NGLTF, and I’m not surprised at their predictably liberal-take on the witchhunt. It is especially disappointing given the fact that they know “The List” was compiled and has been used by Gay Liberals for years now. But at least they are asking their Democrat masters to help stop this witchhunt.
Meantime at Log Cabin.org…. they are still praising the election win of Lincoln Chafee. If a gay Republican group was going to have any influence on any topic… now would be the time!