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Armstrong Williams back in hot water

Mike Tidmus gives Armstrong the big pimping.

“It’s not about trying to dictate to adults what they should do in the privacy of their own homes. Let’s be clear about that. Opposition to the gay marriage amendment isn’t about disallowing homosexuals the same basic rights we extend to everyone else. It is about recognizing that marriage between man and woman is the bedrock of our society. It is about the citizens of this country saying, en masse, that they are unwilling to deconstruct certain basic and essential norms in our culture and society.”
— White House propagandist for cash and “commentator” Armstrong Williams, whose *ss is in the fire

He was paid $250K to shill No Child Left Behind for the Administration, and didn’t disclose it in his “commentaries.” Now he’s under further investigation over his anti-same sex marriage propaganda.

The US Attorney’s office has begun an inquiry into the use by the Bush administration of anti-gay commentator Armstrong Williams to promote its so-called marriage initiative. The probe was launched following a request from the Education Department after months of pressure by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)

The Government Accountability Office has concluded that the Education Department engaged in illegal “covert propaganda” by hiring Williams to promote the No Child Left Behind Act without requiring him to disclose that he was being paid. The Education Department’s inspector general also reviewed the Williams deal.

…Williams is a former aide to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. In a column following the November 2 election Williams linked gay rights advocates with organized crime.

Despite the rhetoric that you hear from the homosexual Cosa Nostra, the lack of support for the gay marriage amendment has nothing to do with prejudice,” he wrote.

After Williams was exposed the White House pulled the plug on the operation, but sources close to the investigation say that Williams did not return any of the money, nor did the administration request it.

The U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia is investigating whether Williams accepted public money without performing his required duties. The attorney’s office has a range of potential remedies, from suing to recover the money to possible criminal charges,

“The inspector general wouldn’t refer this to the U.S. attorney unless there was evidence of misconduct that requires further investigating,” Dan Katz, Lautenberg’s chief counsel, told the Associated Press.

It should be noted that homophobic sexual hypocrite and closet case Wilson was sued for sexual harassment by a man.

Stephen Gregory, a former male employee, sued Williams for $200,000 accusing the anti-gay commentator of sexual harassment. Gregory alleged that Williams kissed his mouth, fondled his fanny, groped his groin and climbed into bed with him on business trips. Gregory said that Williams – who denied being gay – fired him after he rebuffed the conservative’s advances.

Also, David Brock in his book Blinded by the Right said that Williams once made a pass at him in Williams’ apartment, asking Brock if he was “dominant or submissive in bed.”

Alrighty, then.

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