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.
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...