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SC Governor Mark Sanford Accused of Andre Bauer Gay 'Smear'

Claims about South Carolina Lt. Governor Andre Bauer are now being blown up by State Senator Jake Knotts, who says that the accusations are part of a smear campaign by Governor Mark Sanford, even though it was blogger/activist Mike Rogers who made them.

Bauer And the media has taken the hook.

Palmetto Scoop: "In a letter to South Carolina legislators, a prominent state senator Thursday said Gov. Mark Sanford’s supporters were behind recent Internet rumors that Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is gay. And he encouraged the General Assembly to remove the disgraced governor immediately. 'During the last two months, we have discovered plenty of solid reasons to remove our current governor from office; but now there’s one more reason: the people trying to keep Sanford in power have stooped to a new low with this week’s false character assassination of Bauer,' Knotts wrote...Knotts said individuals close to Sanford were behind the attacks, which he said were '100 percent false.' ... 'As a former target of a false rumor started by the Sanford Camp I can tell you with absolute certainty this attack was orchestrated on behalf of Mark Sanford, either directly or indirectly, and financially subsidized by him or one of his many ‘front-groups,’' Knotts wrote."

WIS-TV's earlier report on the Bauer "gay" revelations, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Outrage Activist: Anti-Gay SC Lt. Governor Andre Bauer is Gay

Activist Mike Rogers, who was featured in Kirby Dick's movie Outrage and is known for exposing hypocritical closeted politicians, told Michelangelo Signorile today on Signorile's Sirius OutQ radio show that South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer is a closeted gay man.

Writes Rogers on his blog: Bauer

"I have confirmed and spoken to four individuals who I have no doubt are telling me the truth. These men have been hit on by Bauer, with one of them telling me it happened at least five times since Bauer's election in 2003. To a varying degree I have met with and believe the sources. And, as you'll recall, I have that 100% record. This was still not enough for me to report on him. Then another call came in and I met with the source while he was visiting DC recently. 'He's gay,' the source told me. 'How do you know?' I asked. 'Because I've had sex with him on two separate occasions.' That too, was not enough for me to report on without confirmation from others. I was led on a path to chatting with acquaintances of the source and two former employees of Bauer who served on his staff between 2004 and 2007. They reported to me that on on a total of three occasions Bauer spent hours alone with men hotel rooms. Each of them explained that the visits were with younger men who were not on the staff of the Lt. Governor nor had any official reason to be with him. The two men each confirmed that they had not known each other who saw this and each described similar circumstances under with these interactions occurred. One of them confirmed that he was told by the Lt. governor's visitor had a sexual encounter with Bauer. The combination of the reports and the first hand experiences were what I need to maintain my 100% record of being right in my reporting on this site."

Adds Rogers: "The bachelor is a right wing Christian conservative. He's done everything from defend the state issuing "I believe" license plates (complete with a cross on them) to defending the right of schools to use corporal punishment. In the presidential election he supported Mike Huckabee."

Should Governor Mark Sanford, who is under fire for an extramarital affair, leave office, Bauer is set to take his place as governor. Sanford continues to be under pressure from lawmakers and colleagues to resign.

Rumors Confirmed [blogactive]


Palin: "If I Die, I Die. So Be It."

SafariScreenSnapz003 In interviews with CNN and Good Morning America, Sarah Palin said she didn't think her resignation would be "such a darn big deal." 

It bears mentioning that she would only do the interviews if they were filmed while she was fishing, an obvious choice to show herself as a man of the people who just happens to be a woman. (In the CNN clip she rather bluntly calls the setting "unpretentious." Telling us you're not being pretentious is not the best way to be perceived as unpretentious.)

Palin pointed to "frivolous lawsuits," "absolutely ridiculous ethics charges" and "a new political bloodsport" making it impossible for her to lead her state. The Clintons and Obamas might have something to say about the relative thickness of her skin.

Her decision, she claims, was not made lightly, but was "a long and deliberative internal process."

SafariScreenSnapz004 "I'm certainly not a quitter, I'm a fighter," she said. But she acknowledges that politically speaking, "If I die, I die. So be it."

Asked whether she's out of politics for good, she allows, "I can't see me being totally out of public service because that is within me, that is the way I'm wired...All options are gonna keep on continuing to be on the table as they have been for me my entire life. I'm not gonna close any door that may be open for me out there. So all options are on the table."

The more she talks, two things come to mind: First, it would seem that both she and Governor Mark Sanford (who was just censured)  might want to consider that silence is golden. Second, those betting on the two most likely explanations for her departure—impending scandal or seriously misguided instincts on how to launch a presidential bid—should consider pulling some of their money from the first scenario and betting it on the second.

After the jump, blogger and Palin critic Shannyn Moore on Countdown regarding Palin's threat to sue over rumors of a scandal...

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