May 10th, 2009 11:25 EST
New Documentary "Outrage" Claims Florida Gov. Charlie Crist Is Gay
"California GOP Rep. David Dreier and a number of other politicians are the unwilling stars of a controversial new documentary with an explosive premise - it`s time to blow open the closet door on prominent politicians who have hidden their homosexuality while actively working against gay causes.
The film `Outrage,` which opens today at the Embarcadero Center Cinema in San Francisco, presents interviews and documentation charging that a number of prominent legislators - including Dreier, the U.S. representative from San Dimas (Los Angeles County), GOP Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and former Democratic New York Mayor Ed Koch - have remained closeted while publicly opposing legislation on issues such as same-sex marriage, HIV/AIDS funding, and gays in the military." Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
A politician`s personal life should have no bearing on his political career. It shouldn`t matter if a candidate is a swinger or a recluse, we should cast our vote based on the issues.
However if a elected leader has sex with a subordinate or if a closeted gay politician votes against gay rights legislation, then a pol`s sex life becomes a matter for public discourse. Americans can`t abide sexual harassment, and they can`t tolerate hypocrisy.
You don`t have to be gay or be blessed with the gift of discernment to figure out that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is as gay as all get-out. There is absolutely nothing wrong with homosexuality, and I could care less about what Crist does in his bedroom. But Crist`s hypocrisy in voting against gay issues really turns me off, and it`s a good reason not to support him.
During the 2008 presidential campaign Crist got married in a selfish, stupid and transparent attempt to make himself a more desirable vice-presidential running mate. But instead of selecting the intelligent and experienced Crist as his VP, McCain picked the stupid and inexperienced Sarah Palin.
For the record Crist denies that he`s homosexual, but let`s not forget that Dick Cheney denies that he`s a grouchy and evil old man.
It is the responsibility of journalists and especially pundits to uncover hypocrisy wherever they find it. I`ve written many essays lambasting the hypocrisy of televangelists -- they preach humility, holiness while they indulge in the sins of the flesh and drive around in luxury automobiles. Any pundit worth his salt will do his patriotic duty and out closeted gay politicans who vote against human rights legislation.
I wish the producers of "Outrage" had sent Governor Crist a ticket to the premiere.