This is absolutely ridiculous.
Clearly now it is inappropriate to be a Congressman who happens to be gay who also happens to be in the company of anyone else of the same sex. Well, that is the result of the “shock and awe” campaign by Gay Liberals to “out” gay Republicans. Now the victim is US Rep. Jim Kolbe.
Federal prosecutors in Arizona have opened a preliminary investigation of a camping trip Congressman Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., took 10 years ago that included two teenage congressional pages, a Justice Department spokesman told NBC News.
A spokesman for the Justice Department in Washington said that the U.S. attorney in Arizona has started a “preliminary assessment” of the trip, after an unidentified source made allegations about the congressman’s behavior on the expedition. (GP Ed. Note – I’m sure we will never know that source’s political leanings…. but I can make a safe bet.)
NBC News interviewed several people who were on the trip, and their accounts vary. One participant, who requested anonymity, said he was uncomfortable with the attention Kolbe paid to one of the former pages. He was “creeped out by it,” he said, adding that there was a lot of “fawning, petting and touching” on the teenager’s arms, shoulders and back by Kolbe.
However, Gary Cummins, the deputy superintendent of the Grand Canyon National Park at the time — and who also was on the trip — said he did not see anything inappropriate take place.
NBC also interviewed the two former pages, who are now in their late 20s. One of them said that Kolbe was a gentleman and never acted in an improper fashion. He recalled that the pair spent time in Kolbe’s house at one point — and briefly were alone with him on the trip — and that Kolbe always acted professionally and decently.
The other would not comment on Kolbe’s behavior during the trip or characterize it in any way.
“I don’t want to get into the details,” he said. “I just don’t want to get into this… because I might possibly be considered for a job in the administration.”
However, the former page — who is the one to whom Kolbe allegedly paid special attention — said he had a “blast” on the trip and did not report anything improper to this parents or any House officials after the trip. He said he has a favorable impression of the page program to this day and likes Kolbe.
So now “anonymous sources” are enough to have scurrilous accounts develop into Nightly News-leading stories? Good God.
Why do I think this is designed to breathe new life into the Foley scandal as it has begun to recede? Thanks to the Gay Liberals’ own hatred, gays are now the target of any slight level of innuendo and scorn.
Brilliant move. (/sarcasm off)
I wonder what the Hypocrite Rights Campaign has to say about this? Or were they the ones that called NBC in the first place.
**UPDATE** – AJ Strata at The Strata-Sphere wonders why the Democrats and MSM were okay with it when Gay Scoutmasters were on camping trips with boys, but are upset when a Gay Republican Congressman does the same.