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Watch: GOP Senator Lindsey Graham Asked About Gay Rumors


Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was asked about rumors he is gay by Mike Stark of The Crooked Dope.

Writes Stark: "At Justice Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings, Senator Lindsey Graham asked her about anonymous comments offered by a range of lawyers. These comments were negative, mostly having to do with the Justice’s temperament. Leaving aside the fact that Justice Scalia’s acidic demeanor never seemed to bother any of the white male Senators called upon to confirm him, I did think it was notable to ask a nominated Justice to comment on accusations made by anonymous accusers. I especially found it interesting because there is no shortage of rumors regarding Senator Graham’s sexual orientation. That puts Graham in almost the same position Justice Sotomayor except nobody that I know of has asked Senator Graham to respond to the rumors. What’s more, if Graham did have gay relations while a member of the military, he broke the law."

After his question is brushed off, Stark says to Graham, "I'm guessing that after a long career in the military, you're not going to dignify any of these rumors with any kind of comment."

Says Graham, "Right, right."

Asked about DADT, Graham replies, "I want to see what the military says."


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  1. no one, repeat no one, sets off gaydar more than senior senator from South Carolina, and that's from someone who got a tap under the stall from Larry Craig in Minneapolis.

    Posted by: cd | Oct 16, 2009 10:40:01 AM

  2. Ms Lindsey - he was in a hurry - probably off to a coat closet to "get off" with that page.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Oct 16, 2009 11:57:07 AM

  3. He was NOT featured in the film "Outrage" about gay politicians, so the rumors must be fairly weak. That movie would have done better with a better name, like "Gay DC" or "The Washington Closet". "Outrage" sounds like a true-crime story or something. Too generic.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 16, 2009 12:48:58 PM

  4. Why ask Miss Graham [if you're nasty]?! Check out the foot traffic of men in and out of her condo on Capitol Hill. This is such a case of hiding in clear view.

    Posted by: bigolpoofter | Oct 16, 2009 3:08:02 PM

  5. Who cares? It's his business. This whole forced outing thing is sickening. We've all been through it, and every individual's journey is different. It's not like Lindsey Graham is a right-wing kook.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Oct 16, 2009 5:58:09 PM

  6. not a right wing kook, just a homophobe

    Posted by: r | Oct 16, 2009 6:34:26 PM

  7. WTF? No offense to the good folks down there, but what's in the water in S.C.?

    Closet gay conservative Republican senator, conservative Republican governor who very publicly commits adultery on the taxpayers dime, a possibly closet gay lieutenant-governor bad-mouthing the cheating governor.

    They got it goin on in S.C.

    Posted by: John in Boston | Oct 17, 2009 8:34:40 PM

  8. Poor Linds!

    Posted by: Yawning | Oct 18, 2009 1:39:33 AM

  9. "LINCOLNLOUNGER" that you, Miss Graham!

    Posted by: TIRED | Oct 18, 2009 1:22:55 PM

  10. Not surprising, but it should not matter.

    Posted by: chasmader | Oct 19, 2009 1:58:18 PM

  11. LOL... I wondered exactly the same thing about Lincolnlounger... sorry whoever you are, but anti-gay bigots who are gay need to be OUTED... don't care if you think they should be protected, they deserve nothing but scorn and outing!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Oct 19, 2009 7:15:20 PM

  12. Sorry, I'm NOT the senior Senator from South Carolina. I've commented on here many times. I'm not a fan of Lindsey's because of his position for amnesty for illegal immigrants. That being said, he's not a homophobe zealot just because he's a Republican.

    I guess he should be a pro-gay rights Democrat who promises the moon and stars but only delivers another pat on the well-coiffed head like Obama.

    As a community, we've put all our eggs in one basket. Not both parties can ignore us without fear of retribution.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Oct 19, 2009 11:41:58 PM

  13. Defense secretary Robert Gate - rumored to be gay too.

    Posted by: John | Oct 20, 2009 9:22:00 AM

  14. Hmm, I don't know what to make of this video. I find forced interviews a bit obnoxious in general, but it was actually a fairly polite interview all around.

    Not sure how to read Graham. He seemed surprisingly unaffected by the gay talk, and made a point to talk into the camera. He's either not gay or he's a seriously ballsy and fucked up closet-case.

    Posted by: Steverino | Oct 20, 2009 2:24:43 PM

  15. Graham's homosexuality is pretty much an open secret inside the Beltway. At one point at least he was living with his partner in his DC home. And he's not the only closeted senator.

    Posted by: outpfarrer | Oct 20, 2009 3:24:01 PM

  16. Time for Graham to go, and not because he's light in the loafers. He's a smarmy weasel, who thinks anybody who disagrees with him is evil, sorta like his buddy Obama thinks. Primary this fool.

    Posted by: me | Apr 26, 2010 8:22:04 PM

  17. He's effeminate for sure. However, not all gay men are effeminate. I think it would have more interesting if he was asked, "You are obviously very effeminate, Sen. Graham, does that mean you are you gay, as well?"

    Posted by: William | Jul 1, 2010 1:53:20 PM

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