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MN GOP Disappointed by Sen. Paul Koering's Dinner with Porn Star

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Openly gay Minnesota Republican state senator Paul Koering may suffer consequences from his date with gay adult film actor Brandon Wilde last weekend, the Brainerd Dispatch reports:

The report of Koering's dinner drew a response from Tony Sutton, the Minnesota Republican Party chair. The e-mail from Sutton's office had a statement and a link to The Minnesota Independent story.

"Instead of focusing his efforts on job creation and the betterment of Senate District 12, Paul Koering has demonstrated incredibly poor judgment by spending time with an escort and pornographic film star," Sutton's statement said. "With his campaign message of lower taxes, sensible government and economic development, Paul Gazelka is the right leader for Senate District 12, and the Republican Party of Minnesota stands united behind his candidacy."

Gazelka challenged incumbent Koering and was endorsed by Senate District 12 Republicans. Koering initially sought the endorsement but pulled out of that contest shortly before the convention, stating he would run in the Aug. 10 primary.

Koering, first elected to the Senate in 2002, told the public he was gay in 2005 and was re-elected in 2006. He had no response to Sutton's statement. "I just don't know what to tell you," he said.

Gazelka, contacted by the Dispatch, said he had mixed emotions regarding the news of Koering's dinner. He said he was surprised, shocked and disappointed. "One emotion I do not have is glee," he said. "I want to focus on reining in government spending and creating jobs in the private sector." Gazelka said neither he nor his campaign had any role in spreading the story about Koering. "No, not at all," he said. "I was very surprised when I first heard about it."

Asked if he thought it was wrong for the senator to have dinner with Wilde, Gazelka said it was inappropriate for any politician to have a date with any porn star. The former Republican state representative said is focus would not be on this story. He described the situation as a mess Koering created for himself.

Koering reportedly told Wilde that he wanted to be re-elected so he could make gay marriage legal in the state. Koering's record, however, tells a different story. The openly gay lawmaker last year voted against a gay rights bill and called marriage equality a "pointless" issue. 

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  1. i'd have no problem throwing my drink in that guy's face if i ran into him in a bar. even the wasted alcohol wouldn't upset me in this instance.

    Posted by: alguien | Jun 17, 2010 2:25:38 PM


  2. Couldn't just hire him to carry the luggage, eh?

    I give the guy credit; at least he was up front about it.

    I appreciate the grandiose comment of "not politician should date any porn star", but just how does that scale these days? Is there anyone out there that never did porn? I feel like it's all you see on television; some "Celebritainer" who got their 15 minutes of fame by having some grainy porn tape released to the public. Of course, that creates a gravity well to attract the rest of the low-lifes that love and hype that crap.

    Posted by: Rad | Jun 17, 2010 2:35:51 PM


  3. Humm... A self hating homo that continues to marginalize the gays while at the same time wants to spend time with the gays and blindly thinks the same marginalization he voted in favor of will not affect him.

    IDIOT!

    Mr. Koering, let me break it down for you. You're gay and the Republicans hate you. They only liked you because you were pandering to their straight base ("He's gay but doesn't kick it with the gays and their radical agenda"). It doesn't matter that you had dinner with a porn star. They would be after you had it been Ellen, claiming you're in cahoots with the gays and their gay agenda. Reap what you sow dumb ass!

    Posted by: Jay | Jun 17, 2010 2:38:32 PM


  4. He reminds me of the Palestinian leaders who exploit their own marginalized people. He is not a good person, but I can't believe that he can win a primary or get reelected in Minnesota now.

    Posted by: Fahd | Jun 17, 2010 2:41:53 PM


  5. Goodbye Mr Turncoat.

    Posted by: Jubal Harshaw | Jun 17, 2010 2:56:07 PM


  6. FINISH HIM!

    Posted by: TANK | Jun 17, 2010 3:02:32 PM


  7. Hah! He threw away his career for some ass. Next time use your hand.

    Posted by: Bubba | Jun 17, 2010 3:23:06 PM


  8. First of all, how inconsistent can they be? They want to create "private sector jobs," yet even having dinner with someone who works in the sex industry -- which, last time I checked, wasn't a part of the government or nonprofit sectors -- is not appropriate. Who's business was it anyway what the guy does in his own, damn time?

    Secondly... I have absolutely, positively no sympathy for the dude. You reap what you sow. Want to be in the party of the moral purists who wish to discriminate against anyone who doesn't fit the Evangelical Christian ideal -- most especially gay people -- then better be prepared for them to torpedo you and your campaign if you, yourself, are a gay Republican. I feel doubly strong about this given the fact that even though he's an 'out' Republican, he's still not voting for glbt civil rights when he has the opportunity. Eek.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jun 17, 2010 3:33:04 PM


  9. Wait… I’m confused…. Which one of these guys is a whore?

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 17, 2010 3:41:51 PM


  10. Looks like the chickens have come home to roost (pun intended).

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 17, 2010 3:50:06 PM


  11. Lesson learned.

    If you're a straight Republican who is caught patronizing a female prostitute in an illegal whorehouse, like Vitter, you're A OK.

    But if you are a gay man and you go on a date with another gay man who is in a legal profession, you're toast!

    Got it!

    I think Koering is just reaping what he has sown.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jun 17, 2010 4:03:01 PM


  12. Who cares about the GOP fuck? That Brandon guy is hot. Grrrr tiger.

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 17, 2010 4:24:30 PM


  13. I know TOM, I hate to wade in the shallow end of the pool, but I kind of don't care what Koering does as long as ANDY keeps running photos of Brandon Wilde.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jun 17, 2010 4:27:20 PM


  14. his escort profile is adorable www.rentboy.com/brandonwilde

    Posted by: jeff | Jun 17, 2010 5:03:36 PM


  15. "That's Schadenfreude!"

    Posted by: David R. | Jun 17, 2010 5:31:15 PM


  16. Jeffy, you're a real swine.

    Posted by: TANK | Jun 17, 2010 5:37:20 PM


  17. Isn't it ironic how the "GOP" (the gay old party) will forgive and "bring back to the fold" closeted, self-loathing, self-denying homosexuals after they "repent" of their previous ways, but they cannot embrace an out and proud man who is open about his sexuality! "Hypocrisy... it's what for dinner!"

    Posted by: james Brown | Jun 17, 2010 6:10:10 PM


  18. "One emotion I do not have is glee,"

    Interesting way to put it.

    Posted by: BobN | Jun 17, 2010 7:05:17 PM


  19. He looks like Marge Gunderson's husband Norm. Oh you betcha.

    Posted by: JusticeontheRocks | Jun 17, 2010 7:12:39 PM


  20. Don't understand how a gay man can be a republitard but what he does in his personal time is private and not up for discussion.

    Posted by: Harry | Jun 17, 2010 8:20:58 PM


  21. There is no trick to being a senator for a status quo Republican constituency. Anyone can follow the polls and satisfy most of the people most of the time. The job only gets dicey when a moral issue arises that calls for political leadership. Koering has had occasions providing such opportunity and he has passed. Even status quo Republicans have to ask themselves – is this the sort of man we should be calling senator. If so, they’ve got themselves one fat sitting duck. I think open season has just been declared on that species.

    Posted by: Bad Humor Boy | Jun 17, 2010 9:09:13 PM


  22. ha ha ha!

    K A R M A

    ha ha ha!

    Posted by: FunMe | Jun 18, 2010 9:29:28 PM


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