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Man-on-dog Santorum has an out communications director


Rick loves his on-staff self-loather.

Heinous. The world is coming unglued. How on earth is do you make sense of the Senator from Pennsylvania’s employment of an out gay person on his staff, given Rick’s unhinged homophobia? Oh that’s right, this is Washington. It also explains why Robert Traynham II, an out, black, gay man, defends the dog-loving Santorum. I need to barf. From Mike Rogers of PageOneQ:

In a phone call recorded by PageOneQ and blogACTIVE.com, Robert Traynham, Director of Communications for United States Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) has said he is an out gay man who completely supports the Senator.

When asked how a gay man could speak for one of the nation’s most notorious homophobes, Traynham, left, protested that has “been with the Senator for eight years.” Traynham went on to say “Senator Santorum is a man of principle, he is a man who sticks up for what he believes in, I strongly do support Senator Santorum.”

When pressed on whether he supported the Senator’s stands on lesbian and gay issues, Mr. Traynham abruptly ended the phone call by saying “Senator Santorum is a family man. I have been with Senator Santorum for eight years and I am very proud to be with him.”

An attempt to follow-up with a question was met with Mr. Traynham hanging up the phone.

Will the Log Cabin psychos please take out this homophobe enabler? Don’t hold your breath. This is crazy.

From a 2003 Harvard symposium at which Traynham appeared, he unleashed these enlightening quotes:

“The only time I think about being an African-American is when I get up in the morning to shave, when I look in the mirror,” said Robert Traynham, deputy staff director for the Senate Republican Conference. “Being black has nothing to do with my job—zero.”

“Those who are romantic about the Confederate flag, that’s our base. We need their support; this upcoming election is going to be close,” Traynham said.

As for gays in the Republican party, Traynham said, “I have a lot of friends who happen to be gay.”

People, do you get this? He’s not some lone nut, as much as I’d like to think he is. I’ve been posting about these black defectees from the Democratic party all week and how the Right has found fertile ground.

What Traynham is, my friends, is the most dangerous kind of turncoat. He has no conscience — how can he work for a man and a party that is openly hostile toward gays and minorities? Not just a dismissive party, but one whose base has such contempt for who he is that they work each day to legislate his rights away. Good god.

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