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Little Ricky's bobbing and weaving about his gay communications director

“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.”

— First-class public homophobe Rick Santorum (R-PA) on the Lawrence v. Texas case

“It is entirely unacceptable that my staffs’ personal lives are considered fair game by partisans looking for arguments to bolster my opponent’s campaign. Mr. Traynham continues to have my full support and confidence as well as my prayers as he navigates this rude and mean spirited invasion of his personal life.”

— Rick Santorum, on his communications director Robert Traynham, who was already out of the closet

[UPDATE: I relieved my headache by traveling to Freeperland, scroll to the end of the post.]

You’ve got to be f*cking kidding. I don’t know who is the lower life form, Rick or his self-loathing communications director. After Robert Traynham confirmed that he was gay in an interview, the Senator from Pennsylvania probably had indigestion that this black cat was out of the bag. But he’s attempting the spin…

According to PageOneQ, an online gay and lesbian publication, director of communications Robert L. Traynham, said that he was an “out gay man who completely supports the senator.”

Santorum, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate leadership has been an outspoken opponent of homosexual rights and a leading proponent of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Santorum, who was traveling in Pittsburgh, released the following statement:

“Robert Traynham … is widely respected and admired on Capitol Hill, both among the press corps and among the congressional staff, as a communications professional. Not only is Mr. Traynham an exemplary staffer, but he is also a trusted friend confidente to me and my family. Mr. Traynham is a valued member of my staff and I regret that this effort on behalf of people who oppose me has made him a target of bigotry in their eyes.

…Mark Rodgers, chief of staff at the Republican conference, which Santorum chairs, said, “Robert is a tremendous employee and we’re all for standing by him.” Traynham’s homosexuality was not news to the senator or his staff, he added.

Let’s back up a bit. So Ricky has no problem working with homos, he just doesn’t want them to have any of the civil rights that he has. What about ENDA? Does he feel that it is ok for an employer to be able to fire an employee for being gay? He needs to clarifiy his positions. He’s got so much bigotry on the record, it’s going to be hard for him to weasel his ass out of this. I hope the press beats him senseless.

In supporting the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would prohibit gay marriage, Santorum has equated homeland security with the sanctity of traditional marriage. He has referred to gay marriage as “messing with the basic family unit.”

On the marriage issue, Santorum also said: “In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.”

How, tell me HOW can Traynham sleep at night working for a man that says crap like this. My head hurts.

There is severe bloodletting going on over in Freeperland, and it has opened up a lot of nastiness and backstabbing. It’s a hoot. It’s complete chaos and contradiction. What seems to be the most interesting thing about many of the comments is that they support the principle of not discriminating against gays in hiring (since it serves their purpose of defending Santorum), though any attempt to codify it (ENDA) would split this group wide open. Writhing in their hypocrisy, and they know it. Enjoy.


Actual Freeper Quotesâ„?

“Santorum is a self serving HYPOCRITE! His “personal life” is PUBLIC when you are in a PUBLIC position. Defending a homosexual when you claim to be AGAINST their life style choice is disgusting when it BENEFITS you. Disgusting.”

“How could he be “outed” if he was already out”?”

“When will the left realize that there are homosexuals who are conservative and do not support the militant homosexual agenda? When you get right down to it, this is really no different than women who do not support radical feminism.”

“Exactly. I know many conservative Republicans who are homosexual, some are out of the closet and some aren’t. Some of the biggest Republican lobbyists and fundraisers in Washington are homosexual. Some of you would be very surprised to know how many of them worked in the Reagan White House, and how many of today’s current conservative leaders are homosexual. If we went on a witch hunt to get rid of them, we would not have much of a party infrastructure left. [Holy crap — name names, sister!]”

“Either you’re right and we need to do some housecleaning, or you’re wrong and you’ve just smeared by innuendo a good portion of the party infrastructure. My guess is the latter.”

“I disagree that they infest the entire party either, except for the so called Log Cabin Republicans, who make noise out of all proportion to their numbers.”

“[Freeper smackdown…] Homosexuality would make a staffer a good candidate to be a “Trojan Horse”–err, Sh*tland Pony…The staffer would have means and opportunity to ferret out information on Republican legislative initiatives, parlimentary tactics on upcoming votes, etc., and give them to Democrats in order to allow them a more effective counter… I mean, look at it this way. How many Conservative Christians does Hillary Clinton have on her broomstick staff? Full Disclosure: If we do devastate the Republican Party infrastructure by removing avowed homosexuals, the most likely result is that the GOP would stop trying to be “liberal light.””

“It’s nobody’s business if Santorum’s aid is gay or not. Does he do a good job at his work? Santorum thinks so. That’s all that matters. [Wait, wait…does this Freeper support ENDA? Fraud…they must be banned!]”

“So you think Sen. Santorum should have a policy of not hiring homosexuals who are otherwise qualified to work for him, or he should fire any staffer who reveals himself or herself to be a homosexual? You think that would go over well with the people of Pennsylvania?”

“Since I do not believe a conservative can support homosexuality, this makes me doubt Sen. Santorum’s conservative credentials. However, a libertarian Republican can support ignoring individual sexual choices. It helps me explain some of what I’ve seen in Santorum.”

“IMO Santorum is not supporting the homosexual lifestyle. It’s quite probable that the discussion of this man’s sexuality never took place between Santorum and his aide. Why should it? As long as an employee is not “in your face” about it, and does a good job, why should it matter? There are lots of ways for an individual to sin. Should all sinners be disqualified from gainful employment?”


A conservative who supports man/woman marriage does not have to hate homosexuals. Supporting man/woman marriage means it is the basic unit of a stable long range growth and savings society. That unit deserves the special status of marriage as it is our economic engine, main savings and investment unit and produces the most healthy children to continue all of society. Supporting marriage does not mean hating homosexuals. They can live and work among us and be left alone as long as they do not flaunt their life style in our living rooms, front yards or in schools where our children are educated. They even can have their “dykes on bikes” parade as long as we get notice and we can then take the kids away to the zoo that day. Both life styles can co exist with some modest accommodations. Conservatives can still have moral reasons to not promote homosexuality without hating or attacking those that are of that persuasion.”

“Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
Rated 25% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
# Voted NO on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
# Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)”

“If I really loved a person as a friend, or as a loyal boss, I’d be concerned if that person’s, (even private), ethical and moral decisions and actions were going to lead to his or her soul being condemned to an eternal, fiery punishment combined with unspeakable tortures and worst of all everlasting alienation from Almighty God and His loving Son; and I’d counsel the person to try to repent. That would be ‘true love’. How could anyone be considered ‘loyal’, ‘supportive’ or even ‘loving’–to go with the times and fashion–and to turn a blind eye to the fact that in the next life after this one, after judgement is passed as promised, there will be hell to pay quite literally, by those who insist in doing what has clearly not been allowed for thousands of years, written and warned about a number of times of sacred scripture. True, homosexuality backed up it’s physical/carnal acts are not the only sins. But it is chief among them.”

[Holy crap — name names, sister!] “But a lot of people here (not this thread, necessarily, but FR as a whole) do not want gays even walking among us.One woman was agahst that I was living down the street from a gay couple. Like I should have run them out with torches and pitchforks!”

“I disagree. God is offended by all sin.”

“More bullying by the fascist left. That said, Santorum should have known better than to hire the guy. It just causes trouble. This poor judgment doesn’t speak well of his re-election chances.”

“You cannot have a gay person as a friend? What if you work with a gay person, do you refuse to deal with him? If you live next door do you refuse to say hello? Gay people exist. You can hate the lifesyle, you can hate the gay activist agenda, but you shouldn’t hate the individual.”

My oldest son worked at the Capital after he left the Marine Corps. He told me there are so many homosexuals working in , and around there.

Either you’re right and we need to do some housecleaning

“You want to PURGE homosexuals from the GOP? Is that what you’re saying?”

Are you saying Gays shouldn’t have jobs?

“I would rather not have mentalliy ill sex perverts of any kind working in our U.S. Senate offices. Especially as high positioned staffers.”

“This guy’s actions are between him and God. If he is a good advisor, a good political mind, I say hire him. I’m sure you can find some gamblers, adulterers and drinkers on staff if you looked, too.”

“Since you bring up Dick Cheney should he stay away from his daughter too?”

“Sam Brownback already has a policy against hiring gays on his personal staff. I don’t know if any other senator does…”

“I love Sam Brownback, and pray for others like him.”

“Apparently some of us are vile homophobes . . . (Not directed at you certainly).”

“Jud 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. It was a BIG DEAL to God.”

“So what would you do if you worked with a gay person? Do you ignore them? How should we handle this? It’s fine to say Santorum shouldn’t hire him, but who should? And then should everyone in that company have to agree so as not to risk sending the whole lot of them to Hell? Is my whole neighborhood going to Hell because we don’t kick out the gay couple? They will always be among us, they always have been. Unless God is going to conveniently kill them all every once in a while a la Sodom, we have to live with them.”

Just watch HBO, and see the unnatural acts they perform. It harms their bodies in many ways other than just getting, and spreading aids etc.. The whole lifestyle is very sad. I know because I have actually had homosexuals who I considered friends , who confided some of this sad, sick stuff in detail to me.”

“I suspect if it were one of Hillary’s aides who had been “outed” some folks’ reactions would be quite different.[DING DING DING!]”

“I don’t think homosexuality is compatible with conservatism. It’s entirely contradictory. Conservatism is about preserving past values and slowly accepting (after reflection and testing) new ideas that come around. Since homosexuality is destructive of human beings, then there can be no acceptance of homosexuality by conservatism. Conservatives are truly compassionate by this attitude. The destructive attitude is the one that tells these children of God that they should just go ahead engaging in their physiologically destructive behavior.”

“I have worked with homosexuals before, thats how I know how they like to push it off on other weak minded people. It would be easy to live and let live if they kept there agenda to themselves. Working, and pushing “the homosexual agenda” in high governmental places is somewhere I don’t want them to be, especially working for professing-conservatives.”

“I have said that homosexuality is imcompatible with conservatism….(Andrew Sullivan is a case in point.) Of course I think conservatives can associate with homosexuals. I just don’t think homosexuals can ever be conservatives….it’s a contradiction in terms. Also, I think conservative institutions, politicians, etc., should be able to hire those of like mind to themselves. I think there’s good reason for them to want people who match their philosophy in their top leadership positions.”

“Like I said before if Mr. Traynham wasn’t happy working for Sen. Santorum, he could have left long ago. Did it ever occur to you that Sen. Santorum may have an influence over Mr. Traynham, such as if he didn’t work for Sen. Sabtorum, he could be reveling in the promiscuous sex meth culture that is so pervasive in liberal radical homosexual circles.”

“What about an adulterer? What about someone who got divorced because they “just weren’t in love anymore”? What about someone who doesn’t believe Jesus is the Son of God? What about someone who engages in unclean acts? All of these people are practicing sinners are they not? Would Santorum be condemned if it were discovered that one of his staff members was living with someone without being married? That is just as much a sin as homosexuality.”

Defending a homosexual when you claim to be AGAINST their life style choice is disgusting when it BENEFITS you.

“Huh? If you were Santorum, would you have opted for “I am against homosexuality so I fired the fag on the spot?” I t
hink his statement was entirely appropriate.”

Santorum has just identified a new minority to which the GOP should pander. This little kerfluffle has added a new dimension to the idea of CYA. Personally, I think that there’s no reason to get too upset about having a homosexual working for him. As long as he didn’t make it an issue, it’s not really anyone’s business who he’s bed wrestling with. This whole homosexual thing is stupid anyway. It’s like running around telling everyone you like Italian food. It’s a preference, just like any other.”

“I frankly don’t understand what’s disgusting…and I think your attack on Sen. Santorum is inapproriate and out of line.”

“I just don’t think it’s important to scroll back and try to understand what you’re attempting to say. Have a good day.”

“Try not to be so sanctiomonious, your hypocrisy might show.”

“STFU! Why are you injecting your personal venom?”

“I’m not getting personal; I’m merely stating a fact. Most of the people on here have a gay in their family; it can happen to ANYBODY. And judging from some of the coments, I’d feel sorry for some of those kids. You know that old addage of “There but for the grace of God goes me.” I suggest you remember that before you pontificate to the rest of us.”

If they didn’t insist on special parades and an outrageous over-representation in the evening tv shows and movies,didn’t try to tell obvious lies about their intent when wanting to be scout leaders ,etc. then I wouldn’t know and wouldn’t care. Homosexuals these days are into recruitment, not acceptance. I don’t believe the courts were correct in extending special protections to the un-natural acts of those afflicted by a mental disorder; instead they ought to be helped to control their urges.”

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