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NY Senator Carl Kruger, Who Cast Anti-Gay NY Marriage Equality Vote, is Questioned About His Sexuality

Towleroad's Corey Johnson and former Senate Democratic staffer Allen Roskoff let Senator Carl Kruger have it at the state house yesterday. Elizabeth Benjamin at NY Daily News has the story:

Kruger After voting "no" on the gay marriage bill yesterday, Sen. Carl Kruger exited the Senate chamber and walked straight into the buzzsaw that was Allen Roskoff and Corey Johnson.

The two outspoken gay advocates stunned onlookers by heckling the Brooklyn Democrat, publicly calling his sexuality into question and threatening to support a primary candidate against him in 2010.

I reached the duo, who arrived in Albany Tuesday night in time to see the Assembly pass the marriage bill for the third time since 2007, as they were en route home to New York City. Roskoff proudly confirmed he and Johnson "told Carl off."

"We screamed at him," Roskoff said, before launching into a litany of unsubstantiated accusations regarding the unmarried senator's personal life.

"We really let him have it. We made it clear to him that he didn't hear the end of it. Right outside the Senate chamber. He wouldn't answer our questions."

Witnesses said Kruger did not respond to Roskoff and Johnson. Kruger aide Jason Koppel said the senator "doesn't talk about his personal life," and deemed the allegations "not even worthy of comment."

Roskoff, a former Senate Democratic staffer who is now president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, compared Kruger to Councilman Vincent Gentile, a former senator from Bay Ridge who has faced questions about his sexuality and was accused of sexual harassment in 2004 by his male chief of staff. Gentile has insisted he is not gay.

Roskoff and Johnson were particularly angered by the fact that Kruger voted "yes" on the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act in 2002 (a measure Gentile voted against, sparking the wrath of gay groups that supported him), but refused to support marriage.

Johnson said he threatened Kruger that the gay community would support Councilman Lew Fidler in a primary challenge against him next fall, telling me: "Lew is a hero in the community. People are going to be looking for challengers, and he's someone we could really get behind."

Kruger, of course, was one of eight Democrats who voted "no" on the New York marriage equality bill yesterday.

NOTE: Corey will be appearing on Michelangelo Signorile's Sirius OutQ radio show this afternoon at 2:15.

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  1. Not. A. Helpful. Strategy.

    Posted by: Bibby | Dec 3, 2009 11:53:01 AM

  2. I have to agree with Bibby.

    Posted by: Feral | Dec 3, 2009 12:01:55 PM

  3. VERY helpful strategy, Go Corey and Allen. It's war, we are pissed !

    Posted by: ty | Dec 3, 2009 12:05:45 PM

  4. GO GET HIM, COREY!!!!!

    Posted by: Meeoowwww | Dec 3, 2009 12:05:58 PM

  5. I can speak only for myself, but I am planning to spend a TON of money in the 2010 election cycle, on primaries or general elections -- whichever is closer.

    Posted by: Pender | Dec 3, 2009 12:09:42 PM

  6. Bibby, I respectfully disagree. Our so called friends need to feel our wrath on such matters, not just receive a slap on the wrist. There MUST be anger, otherwise, there is no incentive to take our community seriously. If Kruger is one of the 'mos on the DL, then this vote is a call to out him, embarrass him, elect his opponent. We owe him nothing.

    I am very proud of Duane's efforts not to say who betrayed him, because we are better than them, but I am also disappointed that he won't name names. End effect, we now know who voted no, and they are owed nothing.

    Posted by: Willig | Dec 3, 2009 12:10:58 PM

  7. smarter minds, not more pissed off minds, will win this. outrage is justified. acting like a child is not. i'm sorry.

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Dec 3, 2009 12:11:54 PM

  8. OUT "Uncle Festor" Krugor...whatever it takes!!! The time for being Nice is LONG GONE!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Dec 3, 2009 12:17:03 PM

  9. Yeah, keep screaming like idiots; that really helped us with Prop 8...perhaps they can get on the news and keep reinforcing every awful gay stereotype.

    Posted by: bryanD | Dec 3, 2009 12:22:23 PM

  10. Aww Kruger was hurt by words. TOUGH SHIT. Grow a pair wanker.

    Posted by: johnozed | Dec 3, 2009 12:26:07 PM

  11. Anger is justified, but it should be directed productively, not wasted by throwing a childish tantrum. How do unsubstantiated accusations like these do anything but make it appear that being called "gay" is a bad thing?

    Posted by: Gregg | Dec 3, 2009 12:26:45 PM

  12. This is a very important issue in New York State that every Senator -- for or against -- ought to be speaking out on. The seven Democratic cowards (not counting the one pentecostal lunatic who did give a speech) in the NY State Senate need to know that we are angry. According to the votes they cast yesterday, we are just as well off with a Republican controlled legislature. They need to understand that we will no longer give them our support, and that we have nothing left to lose. Spineless politicians will only respond if they feel like their re-election is threatened; we need to be a bigger threat than the Catholic Church. Bravo Allen and Corey.

    Posted by: Ian | Dec 3, 2009 12:29:49 PM

  13. If he's gay then calling him fat and ugly will hurt him worse.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 3, 2009 12:30:16 PM

  14. I know Towleroad isn't necessarily an objective media outlet, it presents news, information and entertainment through a lens of commentary and advocacy. Nonetheless, to have a regular Towleroad contributor behave in such a non-objective and unprofessional way tarnishes the image of the site and may well diminish your ability to get decent interviews in the future.

    Corey certainly has the right to pursue whatever forms of advocacy he wants as a private citizen. However as a reader of this site, I would prefer he behave differently when he is acting as a reporter for the site.

    Posted by: Brian | Dec 3, 2009 12:31:55 PM

  15. To be fair, the quotes from Corey in the ridiculous and hostile article sound made up or embellished. Can someone at Towleroad confirm this?

    Posted by: BGrey | Dec 3, 2009 12:36:56 PM

  16. Actually, I mean the Roskoff quote, which isn't even particularly bad. Corey sounds perfectly professional.

    Posted by: BGrey | Dec 3, 2009 12:39:48 PM

  17. _roll eyes_

    @ Brian

    Posted by: Rowan | Dec 3, 2009 12:43:39 PM

  18. "...he's someone we could really get behind." Hilarious.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Dec 3, 2009 12:43:46 PM

  19. Good. The gloves need to be off. It's not just about defeating these people, it's about destroying them.

    Posted by: kevin | Dec 3, 2009 12:46:10 PM

  20. BRAVO Corey and Allen!!!!

    And FUCK YOU "Bibby" and "Feral" and the Pansy Pollyanna coin-operated horseys you rode in on!

    Ya think this is about being "nice"...have you been in a coma for the last nine years...HELL, the last 40 years?

    Polarizing? Bitches, that ship sailed long ago! And we just saw again in Maine what responding to homohatred with fucking limp dick gay Hallmark Card commercials does: NOTHING to stop their nuclear attacks of lies and hatred and raping us of our civil rights in the name of Jeebus!

    As the late, great Michael Callen's song goes:

    "These are our lives we're fighting for!"

    The only criticism I have is that New Yorkers shouldn't be wasting their time protesting in Times Square or Union Square but in front of the homes of people like Kruger and Diaz et al. Cameras will follow you there for sure so you'll reach just as many people via TV news as in public assembly/touristy spaces which are not related to your betrayal.

    Posted by: Michael @ | Dec 3, 2009 12:51:09 PM

  21. It's amazing how this divides us. We are either pissed off and not going to take it anymore, or we're not. It seems we can't decide.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Dec 3, 2009 1:03:12 PM

  22. "BRAVO Corey and Allen!!!!

    And FUCK YOU "Bibby" and "Feral" and the Pansy Pollyanna coin-operated horseys you rode in on!"

    SING OUT LOUISE!!!!!!!!

    There are so many closeted Republicans we tend to forget about closeted Democracts.


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 3, 2009 1:27:33 PM

  23. Who says the allegations are unsubstantiated? Maybe these guys know firsthand.
    The reporter chose not to follow up on them<>unsubstantiated. An "does not talk about his personal life" is code for "is gay." No straight person ever says that.

    Posted by: BGKev | Dec 3, 2009 1:29:18 PM

  24. I think the large majority of us have spent some time in the closet as a result of fear. In circumstances where we have to fight for our rights, to stand up for ourselves, we fall into the fear trap and begin relying on diplomacy and decorous behavior.
    It is time for this all to come to a screeching halt, we must invoke Churchill and stand up for ourselves in our workplaces, our neighborhoods, our churches and our families. How many would vote against our rights if that vote had a name and a face attached of someone they knew/respected/loved?

    Posted by: brian | Dec 3, 2009 1:32:14 PM

  25. Roskoff and Johnson ARE RIGHT to do what they did and I applaud them.


    It hasn't worked in thge Past, its not working in the Present, and its HIGHLY Doubtful it will work in the future.

    You know its okay to be ANGRY and its okay to FIGHT, And we need to start doing that. Not only calling out the hypocrites and closet cases but also we need to stop spending our money in places that will not give us our rights. Gay Money to only Gay Friendly States, places and businesses.

    Instead of going to Fire Island, The Hamptons, or Ouguanit Maine. Go to Provicetown.

    Like to ski. Skip Utah and go to Vermont. Or Canada.

    We need to grow somer balls. Tell it like it is and ONLY support those who support us.

    Posted by: Wolf | Dec 3, 2009 1:32:52 PM

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