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New Book Alleges Richard Nixon Had Longterm Gay Relationship

UK tabloid Daily Mail is reporting on a new biography of Richard Nixon by journalist Don Fulsom which suggests former President Richard Nixon had a drinking problem, beat his wife, and had deep ties to the Mafia and a long-term affair with Cuban-American businessman Bebe Rebozo:

NixonYet the most extraordinary claim is that the homophobic Nixon may have been gay himself. If true, it would provide a fascinating insight into the motivation and behaviour of a notoriously secretive politician.

Fulsom argues that Nixon may have had an affair with his best friend and confidant, a Mafia‑connected Florida wheeler-dealer named Charles 'Bebe' Rebozo who was even more crooked than Nixon.

The book, Nixon's Darkest Secrets, is out next month — by coincidence at the same time as the UK release of a new film directed by Clint Eastwood about another supposed closet gay among Washington's 20th-century hard men.

Did Nixon have a gay affair with a Mafia fixer? [daily mail]

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  1. Gives a whole new meaning to the nickname "Tricky Dicky."

    Posted by: Ninong | Dec 27, 2011 1:52:59 PM

  2. Without proof, I really don't want to think about this one. The other allegations (drinking---obvious, especially based on comments from the devil Kissinger---and beating---much the same) I can sort of stomach. He was a monster.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 27, 2011 1:55:19 PM

  3. ICK! [Shudder]
    I mean,
    Oh. Just "Ick".

    Posted by: Justin in Oaklawn, Dallas, Texas | Dec 27, 2011 1:56:59 PM

  4. there's been speculation about this for decades-i remember my mother & sister joking about it when nixon was still in office. rebozo spent countless hours at the whitehouse, had his own office, telephone & sleeping quarters and accompanied nixon on mos of his vacations.

    Posted by: alguien | Dec 27, 2011 2:01:53 PM

  5. Oh god. Somebody hold my hair back while I puke!

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 27, 2011 2:35:16 PM

  6. His life was so well documented that these claims would require very hard proof (as it were). It also smacks of the homophobic "Hitler was gay" meme that makes str8's feel superior.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 27, 2011 2:39:39 PM

  7. The man is DEAD! Really what does it matter? Anyone, what does it matter if he was Gay, he's dead.

    "If True, it would provide a fascinating insight into the motivation and behaviour of a notoriously secretive politician." HOW? Only Gay men are crooks, is that what motivated the behavior? Here we go again, Crook was really Gay = Gays are crooks.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Dec 27, 2011 2:48:04 PM

  8. and THAT would be what Hoover had over Nixon's head.

    Posted by: John Simpson | Dec 27, 2011 3:09:53 PM

  9. It would hardly be "extraordinary" for a publicly homophobic republican politician to turn out to be gay himself, now would it?

    Still... Ew.

    Posted by: Glenn | Dec 27, 2011 3:20:13 PM

  10. @Caliban - Stop worrying about your hair and move the hell over.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Dec 27, 2011 4:45:05 PM

  11. No no no- don't make Nixon play for our team-but you know now the final scene in "J Edgar" makes a lot of sense....

    Posted by: jaragon | Dec 27, 2011 5:31:25 PM

  12. That rumour has been around for decades.

    Posted by: Protogenes | Dec 27, 2011 5:35:52 PM

  13. You have GOT to be kidding.

    Posted by: Abie | Dec 27, 2011 5:58:46 PM

  14. Doubtful

    Posted by: Name: | Dec 27, 2011 7:48:08 PM

  15. Usually there is more to go on, but it's an intriguing thought.

    Still, as CA Tripp proved, people report the facts they want to report. Every Lincoln biographer before Tripp selectively edited out the love letters he wrote to Edwin Didrickson and said that he and Joshua Speed had to share a bed because it was cold. Really? Including four summers in a row? So cold they had to jointly own property?

    Some of my best romps have been with closeted Republicans. Breakfast conversation the next day? Not so much....

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 27, 2011 10:15:52 PM

  16. Wow, that certainly would explain a lot...

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Dec 28, 2011 4:29:04 AM

  17. I think it's true. It doesn't point to gays as being crooks, just natural leaders full of ambition. I hate to say it, but Macbeth, my dear queens, was gay.

    Posted by: Some Gay Dude | Dec 28, 2011 11:21:33 PM

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