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Blogger Known for Outing Homophobic GOP Lawmakers Says Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) is Gay


Mike Rogers, a prominent blogger with a superior track record for outing anti-gay, hypocritical politicians, outed Wyoming Senator John Barrasso yesterday, tweeting:

Tweeet_rogers"@senjohnbarrasso on Chris Wallace had the chance to come out as gay on @foxnewssunday out and be proud. #maybenexttime #bustthehatecloset"

Barrasso, a twice-married Presbyterian with three children, has voted against the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. He has also bragged about his votes against gay marriage.

Said Barrasso in 2004: “I believe in limited government, lower taxes, less spending, traditional family values, local control and a strong national defense. In the state Senate, in addition to receiving an ‘A’ rating from the NRA, I have voted for prayer in schools, against gay marriage and have sponsored legislation to protect the sanctity of life.”

Does Rogers have more up his sleeve? When asked for a statement by activist Will Kohler, Rogers replied, "My tweets stand on their own."

Rogers said in June that at least three anti-gay members of Congress are gay and that one would be outed soon.

Our Kyler Geoffroy noted Rogers' record back in June:

The blogger's most high-profile triumphs include the 2004 revelation that then Rep. Ed Schrock (R-VA) was leaving voicemails on a gay hook-up service, prompting the two-term congressman to retire. In October 2006 he wrote that three men informed him they had sex with then Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) in bathrooms at Union Station. Before making his allegations against Craig public, two of his three sources signed affidavits saying they would come forward if Rogers was taken to court.

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  1. I wonder in what forms are the proof/s.

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Sep 30, 2013 10:04:04 AM

  2. He's not gay. He just has a wide stance.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Sep 30, 2013 10:13:47 AM

  3. #doesntunderstandhashtags

    Posted by: crispy | Sep 30, 2013 10:13:56 AM

  4. He's not gay. But Polo Shirts certainly are.

    Posted by: eubean | Sep 30, 2013 10:16:03 AM

  5. I would like to see the supporting documentation.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Sep 30, 2013 10:17:14 AM

  6. It's very unusual of Mike Rogers not to supply further documentation. I'm sure he's right about this creep but I'd like to know more.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 30, 2013 10:22:12 AM

  7. If true, I wonder how much he hates himself to become homophobic to hide himself.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Sep 30, 2013 10:27:01 AM

  8. I agree - if he's anti-gay and gay OUT the MOFO......but Id Love to see/hear the proof.....just so I can give a Full Nelson "HA HA"!!!!!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Sep 30, 2013 10:35:17 AM

  9. Delights me no end that the republican party's strategy of making the world less safe for gay people is backfiring.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Sep 30, 2013 10:35:39 AM

  10. I think you can be very sure that if Mr Rogers has gone public, the documentation is there.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Sep 30, 2013 10:36:40 AM

  11. Mike Rogers record of outing anti-gay closeted politicians has a 100% accuracy rating. If Rogers says Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) is gay, he is.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Sep 30, 2013 10:41:25 AM

  12. With a Government shutdown looming I'm wondering why this matters this week?

    Posted by: Alan | Sep 30, 2013 11:11:21 AM

  13. You can see that guy is gay a mile away. Outing? Isn't that the thing they did in the early '90s? This is just reporting the obvious.

    "Outing" doesn't exist anymore. Everyone knows an identifiably gay person when they see one and everyone talks about it all the time. There's no secret handshake and you don't need to go to the videotape (how quaint!) to know whather someone is probably gay, you just need to be more than two years old.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Sep 30, 2013 11:19:18 AM

  14. I'm going to assume that liaisons have come forward. The only question is how long ago they took place.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 30, 2013 11:20:46 AM

  15. @Alan. Why should we worry about a government shutdown when there are hungry children? Why should we worry about hungry children when hundreds lost their homes in the Colorado floods? Why worry about the floods when there are helpless ducks dying of chastic paralysis? Etc., etc., etc. Being a concern troll is easy and fun, isn't it?

    Posted by: jomicur | Sep 30, 2013 11:44:25 AM

  16. Only scumbags out people.

    Posted by: Perry | Sep 30, 2013 11:44:34 AM

  17. My hunch is that Mike Rogers is waiting for Senator Barrasso to first publicly deny any assertion that he is gay, then BAM! - publicly serve up the proof. That would be far more embarrassing and damaging for Barrasso.

    Posted by: rroberts | Sep 30, 2013 11:46:44 AM

  18. My hunch is that Mike Rogers is waiting for Senator Barrasso to first publicly deny any assertion that he is gay, then BAM! - publicly serve up the proof. That would be far more embarrassing and damaging for Barrasso.

    Posted by: rroberts | Sep 30, 2013 11:46:57 AM

  19. If it's true,this SOB will learn really fast that his efforts to stab his own community in the back weren't worth it.
    The GOP and tea party will turn on him in a heartbeat.

    Posted by: Kevin | Sep 30, 2013 11:52:14 AM

  20. Sorry about the accidental double post.

    @Perry ... elected officials who lie to the world are the scumbags. Elected officials who vote to suppress LGBT people when they themselves are closeted are the scumbags.

    When the kid in the story pointed out that the emperor had no clothes, the kid was NOT a scumbag.

    It's one thing to be in the closet, but when a closeted individual deliberately hurts people, I say "out the SOB because".

    Posted by: rroberts | Sep 30, 2013 11:56:59 AM

  21. Sorry, but outing anyone is only done by scumbags. You may try to justify it by saying he is "hurting the community", but whether or not he is gay does not make him part of the community. Coming out is a personal and individual process and it is no one's business to take it upon themselves to out anyone.

    Posted by: Perry | Sep 30, 2013 12:15:43 PM

  22. Regardless of how correct or wrong he's been in the past -- and it certainly seems he's had a few successes, at least -- his claim that his 'tweets stand on their own' is ridiculous.

    No one's tweets stand on their own. They're 140 characters -- and I certainly don't see his, in this case, linked to any kind of detailed or definitive or even strong proof of any kind.

    So, either he should back his stuff up, or stop using Twitter without accompanying posts that provide evidence for his claims.

    Doing so may make things a little harder, but will ultimately enhance his credibility, so the next time he 'outs' someone it would be a bigger deal.

    Posted by: Ryan | Sep 30, 2013 12:34:12 PM

  23. Perry your sentiments smack of a misguided concern for the well-being of the closet-case. When the voting and decision-making of that closet-case hurt other gay people, calling them out publicly is fair game. Or have we not seen enough suicides for you?

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Sep 30, 2013 12:45:13 PM

  24. And what Sen. Barrasso isn't gay after-all? What about his children?

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Sep 30, 2013 1:32:19 PM

  25. Perry: Sorry but no.

    I'm against outing. I don't want people outing actors, singers or athletes, no matter if they have a beard, no matter if they lie in interviews.

    But outing someone who not only lies but work to make gay people lives miserable and to push antigay laws. I'm totally for the outing

    Posted by: jjose712 | Sep 30, 2013 1:35:16 PM

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