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Cain Campaign Accused of Engaging in Cover-Up Over Gay Strategist

Herman Cain's campaign sought to cover up the fact that one of its staffers, Cain’s PAC treasurer and senior political adviser Scott Toomey, was gay, following statements in early June by Cain that "he would have no problem appointing gay staff members to work in the White House as long as they were qualified."

Cain Kevin Hall, Cain’s former Iowa straw poll coordinator, says that Toomey, the former treasurer of financially-troubled Madison Gay Pride, was quickly removed from his position and Cain staffers were asked to cover it up, the AP reports:

Hall said he was not bothered by Toomey’s background but aides knew it exposed Cain to charges of hypocrisy.

“A conservative candidate, Mr. Cain is on the record as stating that he believes homosexuality is a sin and a choice. And they know that, if his top adviser, his highly paid adviser, is openly gay that it would cast a negative light on Mr. Cain and would cost him in his efforts to become president,” he testified. “Basically the campaign was trying to cover up the fact that Mr. Toomey was still involved. They asked ... me to help them cover up that fact.”

The allegations surfaced during testimony to the Iowa Workforce Department regarding Hall's firing.

Administrative Law Judge Bonny Hendricksmeyer ruled that Hall should be awarded benefits, saying he resigned after being asked to engage in the cover-up:

“The presence of the gay person on the campaign was misrepresented to the staff, which caused Mr. Hall and others to inadvertently misrepresent the fact to others,” Hendricksmeyer wrote. “(Hall’s) credibility and his future job prospects would have suffered. It is possible if the situation had been discovered it would have also created a negative impact on (Hall’s) job duties. He felt it was possible the candidate would lose credibility and the straw poll results would be very poor.”

Watch Cain's June statements about appointing a gay person, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Imagine having to be inside the skin of Scott Toomey. Imagine the tremendous rush of guilt and uncleanliness that "Scoot" (as he is playfully known around the office)experiences as he falls wanking to the floor in front of his bathroom full length mirror; Colt brand XL dildo, model #XL10 inserted fully into his rectum.
    As he wipes the santorum off, he begins weeping a little, thinking about what a filthy, disgusting faggot he is.
    Then he sucks it up and goes off to work as a republican.

    Posted by: tweedle | Sep 14, 2011 8:16:26 AM

  2. Wouldn't it be great if the court could respond, "What are you an idiot? You work for a man that openly reviles you, & now you want compensation when it didn't work out??"

    The guy couldn't have really thought this jerk would be Prez, so seriously, who's kiddin' who here?

    A parade of idiots. I especially love the quote: "(Hall's) credibility would have suffered" LOL, a little late for that, don'cha think???

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Sep 14, 2011 9:26:50 AM

  3. I had a similar thought about Toomey's self-loathing (although not as vivid as Tweedle's!), but then I wondered, maybe he was sabotaging Cain's campaign from the inside. Perhaps he's a double agent, and he's really on our side. Cain's campaign is going nowhere, and maybe we have Toomey to thank for that.

    Posted by: scott | Sep 14, 2011 9:34:45 AM

  4. I don't have an issue with Cain hiring and covering up a gay worker....I do have a HUGE problem with the gay guy Toomey working for a repub

    Posted by: say what | Sep 14, 2011 9:59:09 AM

  5. He was crying all the way to the bank, as they say.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 14, 2011 12:41:19 PM

  6. @Scott: I so hope you are right. If you are you get a Colt model XL10 of your very own!

    Posted by: tweedle | Sep 14, 2011 1:38:30 PM

  7. When will there be an expose on the gay guy who inspired Ron Paul to take himself seriously enough to run for POTUS back in 2008?

    Posted by: Von Lmo | Sep 15, 2011 5:29:24 AM

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