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The closet as a political liability

What goes around comes around — instead of panicking over whether someone is openly gay, lawmakers in Albany, NY are concerned about whether one of the potential candidates to succeed the current state Comptroller is a closet case. (Raw Story):

According to a popular gossip column in a New York City tabloid, Democratic lawmakers in upstate New York are worried about “closet cases” in their ranks.

“Albany pols are concerned because one of the possible candidates to succeed state Comptroller Alan Hevesi is said to be a closeted homosexual,” claims The New York Post’s Page Six. “The Democratic majority in the Assembly will pick Hevesi’s replacement, probably from their own ranks.”

…The column from the Post, a daily newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch, continues, “‘Though they would appoint an openly gay candidate, they worry about someone in the closet,’ one Dem told Page Six. “After the Hevesi fiasco, they want honesty, and worry about the pressures involved for a statewide official to remain in the closet.” They point to what happened to New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, who was forced to resign when his secret came out.”

Imagine what the hand-wringing would look like in DC if the GOP was really concerned about all the closet cases (or rather the openly closeted pols) on the Hill and in the White House.

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