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Washington State: yet another GOP sexual hypocrite scandal

[UPDATE (10/31): But wait, there’s more — see my new post with even more unbelievable kink.]

Good grief. It's an endless flood of GOP sexual hypocrites. In Spokane, an alleged extortion attempt that involves a conservative (and very anti-gay) state legislator and a male escort. The story just reeks of the usual factors — the closet, self-loathing, and poor choice of rent boy. I'm sure more facts are forthcoming that will “clear up matters.”

An alleged extortion attempt involving a state lawmaker and a reputed male prostitute is under investigation by Spokane police.

Details surrounding the case remained sketchy Sunday, but authorities confirmed that it involves two-term state Rep. Richard Curtis, a Republican from the small southwest Washington town of La Center, and that there was some type of confrontation last week at Davenport Tower. The identity of the alleged extortionist was unavailable, though police confirm he is a reputed prostitute.

…It was unclear Sunday what types of extortion demands allegedly were being made. Also unclear is the nature of the relationship between Curtis and the reputed prostitute.

Want to hear about Curtis's record? You can probably pick one from column A, one from column B in the GOP hypocrite menu:

Elected to the state House of Representatives in 2004, Curtis has voted like a fiscal and social conservative. This spring, he voted against domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian couples. Last year, he opposed a gay rights bill that banned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

What's hilarious about this story is that Curtis was attending a retreat with fellow GOP legislators to discuss strategy for the upcoming legislative session, and for some reason, he didn't stay at the Red Lion Hotel with his colleagues. Dan Savage at Slog, who was tipped by

It appears, however, that Curtis was staying across town at the swankier Davenport — closer to Spokane’s trendier nightspots (such as they are) and far from the prying eyes of his buddies in the gay-bashing GOP.

UPDATE: What you were waiting for. Dan Savage has even more juicy details that have emerged, and it looks like Curtis was getting busy with the pro, Cody Castagna.

The police detective’s version of events is in stark contrast to the legislator’s only public comment. Curtis told the Vancouver Columbian yesterday that he is not gay and did not engage in sex with the man while he was in Spokane last week attending Republican strategy sessions.

Curtis and Castagna “engaged in mutual sexual activities” at the hotel after the state lawmaker-who has opposed most gay rights legislation-rented two XXX-rated gay videos, according to allegations in a search warrant affidavit filed by Spokane Police Detective Mark Burbridge.

After the sexual encounter in the Spokane hotel room, the court documents say Castagna left with Curtis’ wallet before contacting him by phone, demanding $1,000, the affidavit says. The state lawmaker said he only had $200 and put that in an envelope for Castagna to pick up at the front desk of the Davenport Tower, the affidavit says. After picking up that money, Castagna re-contacted Curtis and demanded the additional $800.

By that point, Curtis had contacted a Washington State Patrol sergeant in Vancouver, apparently seeking help?. “Castagna threatened to publicly expose Curtis’ gay lifestyle to his wife,” if he wasn’t paid the additional sum,” the court documents allege.

Not to be topped, Good As You reports that Cody Castagna has a thespian background — in porn.

UPDATE 2: OMG. Dan just emailed me and the story is just out of control. The kink factor gets ratched up:

Curtis, according to a search warrant unsealed Tuesday, went to the Hollywood Erotic Boutique on East Sprague on October 26th at approximately 12:45 a.m. The store clerk, who had talked with Curtis, referred to him as “The Cross-Dresser” and said that during their conversations he confirmed he was gay and was married with children at home.

During his visit to the video store Curtis was observed wearing women’s lingerie while receiving oral sex from an unidentified man in one of the movie viewing booths inside the store.

OK. I’m living a relatively plain jane lesbian existence simply asking for my civil rights while closet cases like Curtis get all sorts of kinks on while railing against openly LGBT citizens. It makes me sick.

H/t Paul.

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