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Ashburn Evaded Questions About His Homosexuality Last Year

Ashburn1 An on the record phone conversation with California State Senator Roy Ashburn, who got into a bit of trouble with the law yesterday, from the summer of 2009 has surfaced today. Lois Henry, who writes for The Bakersfield Californian, had heard rumblings about his homosexuality and decided to pick up the phone and straight out ask him if he was gay. The politician, who has a very strong record of voting anti-gay, naturally avoided the question. Said Ashburn:

"Why would that be anyone's business? Including The Californian's? I think there are certain subjects that are simply not relevant and this is one of them. It has no bearing on the job I do."

Even if he's voted against the interested of gays and lesbians in the state? Henry reports that his response to that he has voted conservatively "on almost all social issues. He represents a conservative district and votes as his constituents would want him to, he said."

Also, it's been revealed that Ashburn's blood alcohol level was .14 percent, .06 percent above the legal limit in California.

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  1. send the selfloathing pos to jail he must really hate himself do this much damage to the LGBT community. unto thine own self be true. another right wing repukican bites the

    Posted by: walter | Mar 4, 2010 11:45:00 PM

  2. looks like he was out for a stiff one in more than one way

    Posted by: walter | Mar 4, 2010 11:47:33 PM

  3. hey Andy T, what's up with omitting that he's a Republican from both stories on this guy today?

    Is it supposed to be obvious?

    Posted by: stephen | Mar 5, 2010 12:01:57 AM

  4. "Henry reports that his response to that he has voted conservatively "on almost all social issues. He represents a conservative district and votes as his constituents would want him to, he said."

    I've always thought that kind of rationale is bullshit. People vote for the person they've seen and heard in a campaign.... and it's the candidate's responsibility to let voters know what their OWN stances are on the issues.

    What this guy is basically saying is, he pretended to be conservative to get their votes, and is voting conservative to "represent" them.

    Be your own damned self and if you truly represent the people they'll vote for you. End of story.

    Closet cases who cast anti-gay votes deserve EVERY bit of grief they get.

    Posted by: sparks | Mar 5, 2010 1:12:16 AM

  5. I think the author meant .06 percent above the legal limit.

    And I concur that the rationale is b.s.

    Fact of the matter is - he shouldn't have that job - his constituents don't want a liar and don't want a gay man representing them ... and he has to be one or the other. The only good thing to come out of it is that there is a sort of "match made in heaven" quality here - his constituents' homophobia deserves to be represented by repressed, self loathing, spinelessness and his deceit and spinelessness is worthy of his constituents' loathing and disgust.

    Posted by: dan | Mar 5, 2010 1:53:40 AM

  6. I thought he looked familiar.

    Ashburn was the Republican opportunist who voted for the Democratic majority's budget proposals in exchange for the chairmanship of an aerospace "pork" committee. Openly trading his ostensibly conservative principles away for money. And then he had the gall to come out and lambast the Democrats for spending too much during a - thankfully - failed congressional campaign.

    Once a hypocrite, always a hypocrite.

    Posted by: John | Mar 5, 2010 3:22:12 AM

  7. He's toast. just divorce your wife and get it over with and be free and deliver yourself from the nightmare that is considered "HOMOPHOBIA"

    We're a good group of people....
    Welcome home Roy..But please get rid of those dentures...LMAO!

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 5, 2010 5:56:19 AM

  8. If you're going to hide behind the "I'm just voting the conservative values of my constituents" meme then you have to explain why you haven't been honest with your constituents about the fact that you don't LIVE the anti-gay conservative values that you claim to represent on the campaign trail and on the floor of the State Senate.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Mar 5, 2010 11:29:50 AM

  9. I know this guy is a GOProud member's wet dream but what self-respecting gay man has sex, or anything else, with such a hateful, harmful homophobe as this?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Mar 5, 2010 11:32:36 AM

  10. He isn't even TRYING to cover it up by saying he's straight. He's basically saying "yeah, I'm gay, but I don't want my conservative constituents knowing that"


    Posted by: ravewulf | Mar 5, 2010 12:12:37 PM

  11. homophobic homosexual bigot begone! Throw the pos in the slammer!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Mar 5, 2010 12:30:30 PM

  12. How is it anyone's business? The Republicans made it an issue so now I would say that it is legitimately everyone's business. What a two-faced a**hole!

    Posted by: MT | Mar 5, 2010 12:39:40 PM

  13. Why was it not stated that this man is a Republican ? Is this Fox News ?

    Posted by: Mike In Philly | Mar 5, 2010 2:00:31 PM


    Details on his mystery passenger. He's been taking the gay community for a ride, this shifty senator.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Mar 5, 2010 3:00:13 PM

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