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SC Governor Mark Sanford Accused of Andre Bauer Gay 'Smear'

Claims about South Carolina Lt. Governor Andre Bauer are now being blown up by State Senator Jake Knotts, who says that the accusations are part of a smear campaign by Governor Mark Sanford, even though it was blogger/activist Mike Rogers who made them.

Bauer And the media has taken the hook.

Palmetto Scoop: "In a letter to South Carolina legislators, a prominent state senator Thursday said Gov. Mark Sanford’s supporters were behind recent Internet rumors that Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is gay. And he encouraged the General Assembly to remove the disgraced governor immediately. 'During the last two months, we have discovered plenty of solid reasons to remove our current governor from office; but now there’s one more reason: the people trying to keep Sanford in power have stooped to a new low with this week’s false character assassination of Bauer,' Knotts wrote...Knotts said individuals close to Sanford were behind the attacks, which he said were '100 percent false.' ... 'As a former target of a false rumor started by the Sanford Camp I can tell you with absolute certainty this attack was orchestrated on behalf of Mark Sanford, either directly or indirectly, and financially subsidized by him or one of his many ‘front-groups,’' Knotts wrote."

WIS-TV's earlier report on the Bauer "gay" revelations, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Because everyone knows that being a homo is WAY worse than being a lying, hypocritical, cheating, untrustworthy governor who falsifies claims and overcharges his state so that he can sleep around.

    Posted by: Paul R | Sep 4, 2009 2:45:43 PM

  2. Mike Rogers was simply a tool in this little smear campaign. Could they have found a more "reliable" source to out him to? This is gonna get ugly.

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 4, 2009 2:58:57 PM

  3. Spin, spin, spin...

    I'm really sick of the media these days, why can't they just do factual reporting rather than being mouthpieces for right wing zealots. Of course, it's not that he's gay, it's that he's a fricken' hypocrite. What's with all these closeted gay freaks anyway? Can they be any more self loathing?

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 4, 2009 3:25:02 PM

  4. Things are already ugly here, but apparently most of the state already knew Andre was gay before this story broke. On top of that it's rarely spoken of here. Luckily most of the attention lately has been on the numerous failings of our "Governor" and how to get him out of office. With all this being said however I still agree with Paul and find it sad that being gay is an assassination of character.

    Posted by: Shavis F | Sep 4, 2009 3:29:33 PM

  5. Southern Gothic, baby! Wait till they find out that Gov. Sandford's wife has been "passing" for white, and is secretly the grand-daughter of Strom Thurmond.

    Faulkner, Williams, Hellman, Cauldwell & Gaines all rolled into one.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 4, 2009 3:45:35 PM

  6. SC citizens would rather have a lying, cheating Gov rather than a gay one.

    But, the point is moot. Andre is not gay and it is a smear campaign. Mike Rogers got played, hard. He has a very loose grasp on reality here. Go to his website and look at the third post down...he even got suckered by a parody of the outing.

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 4, 2009 3:49:27 PM

  7. The reporters probably got at good laugh doing this story.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 4, 2009 3:52:51 PM

  8. How can it be an assassination of character when we're about to have our first gay senator once Charlie Christ gets to Washington?

    Silly Republicans.

    Posted by: Ben | Sep 4, 2009 4:07:07 PM

  9. I'm sure Governor Sanford doesn't think Bauer being outed as "tragic." After all, it only strengthens the governor's hand and mollifies a potential rival. But whether he actually had anything to do with it or not is an open question. I can't see Mike Rogers and Mark Sanford working together on anything.

    Posted by: John | Sep 4, 2009 4:09:05 PM

  10. I don't even care who's right or wrong, I just love watching Republicans tear each other up. They're so cute when they fight.

    Posted by: MikeMick | Sep 4, 2009 4:12:30 PM

  11. If he "ain't got a homosexual bone in his body" does that make him a top?

    Posted by: Sam | Sep 4, 2009 4:34:40 PM

  12. Hey! Marc Sanford is a precious member of the C-street 'FAMILY'.

    How dare all of us queers or ANYONE ELSE think he should be removed fromoffice. First of all, he's the modern day King David. And Second of all, the 'Family' told Marc that Jesus doesnt care about cheating, lying, stealing and fucking to keep power. Jesus just wants the Totalitarian Jesus World at any cost. Hands get dirty!

    So don't bash Marc, or he'll steal your husbands and kill your wives. Or is that steal your wives and kill your husbands?

    Either way, there's Stealing and Killing and...

    Oh for fuck's sake:

    Drop your bibles and step away from the religion!

    Posted by: roger ramjet | Sep 4, 2009 4:36:20 PM

  13. "Southern Gothic, baby! Wait till they find out that Gov. Sandford's wife has been "passing" for white, and is secretly the grand-daughter of Strom Thurmond."

    If true, no wonder Sanford's wife had the backbone to move out of the governor's mansion. lol

    Posted by: elg | Sep 4, 2009 7:05:40 PM

  14. Tee. Hee.

    Let the games begin!

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Sep 4, 2009 8:12:36 PM

  15. Why should we care about what's going on between South Carolinians at all? (Unless you live there?)

    Posted by: JT | Sep 4, 2009 11:38:12 PM

  16. Sanford had designs on the White House in 2012. That wasn't exactly a huge secret. This makes him a national politician and subject to all the fun that comes with it.

    Besides, South Carolinians don't seem have any qualms about commenting on the life of Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, and Hillary Clinton. Usually with none too kind words.

    Posted by: John | Sep 5, 2009 1:23:35 AM

  17. Even if South Carolinians were as enlightened and sophisticated as to ignore Bauer’s sexual orientation and focus on his qualifications, they would still have to take into account the possibility of him being open to blackmail if he maintains a closeted lifestyle. That is a large risk for someone opting for governor of a state.

    Bauer needs to clear the air by either admitting he is gay or confronting allegations head on until they are resolved. South Carolinians deserve to have this matter settled.

    Posted by: Bill Garnett | Sep 5, 2009 2:27:40 AM

  18. @ELG


    Or kick his ass, one of the two.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Sep 5, 2009 3:33:06 PM

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