This is rich. A candidate is trying to gain some traction in a center city Philadelphia contest for state House by claiming to be bisexual, yet his opponent, a 26-year veteran of the Pennsylvania legislature is calling him on the alleged ruse:
Veteran Rep. Babette Josephs (D., Phila.) last Thursday accused her primary opponent, Gregg Kravitz, of pretending to be bisexual in order to pander to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender voters, a powerful bloc in the district.
“I outed him as a straight person,” Josephs said during a fund-raiser at the Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, as some in the audience gasped or laughed, “and now he goes around telling people, quote, ‘I swing both ways.’ That’s quite a respectful way to talk about sexuality. This guy’s a gem.”
Mark Segal, publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News, “We’ve hit a new high point when candidates are accused of pretending to be gay to win a seat”.
Far be it for me to inquire into Mr. Kravitz’s sexuality. If he says he’s bi, I’ll take his word on it. Heck, I was bisexual once too.
UPDATE: Commenting on this kerfuffle, Joe Gandelman writes:
It’s yet another sign of how mean-spirited American politics has become, where people can’t stick to issues but feel they MUST — on the radio, on cable talk shows, among bloggers, in blog comments, in political campaigns — go after someone personally if they dare to a)see things differently or b)somehow stand in the way of their ambition or the ambitions of a person or political party that they support. It all seems to tie in with road rage on the highways, shopping cart rage at supermarkets and more. It’s as if America has become converted to a nation of sullen teenagers.
So, is Mr. Gandelman saying it’s a personal insult to call someone “straight”?