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Reviving an Old Chestnut: Is Lindsey Graham Gay?

Tuesday Oct 9, 2018
Senator Lindsey Graham.
Senator Lindsey Graham.  (Source:Associated Press)

Just when you thought Republican senator Lindsey Graham had hit bottom in his shameless defense of Justice Brett Cavanaugh, he said this: "I think the roles were reversed: The slut whore drunk was Kavanaugh."

It was a shocking allegation, not only because of its wrong-headedness, but in his choice of sexist terms to describe it.

But since coming into prominence in the past few weeks, we've been wondering just what is motivating Graham to his becoming Trump's butt boy over the past year.

One prevailing theory is that he's sucking up to him because he sees becoming Attorney General in his future once Jeff Sessions is tossed after the mid-terms.

But we've been wondering if perhaps the President may have something on Graham.

And maybe that is he is gay, which wouldn't play well with his hardcore South Carolina followers.

Bill Maher all but called Graham gay on his HBO series "Real Time" on Friday night.

Maher "took shots at Graham multiple times -- for example, saying in his opening monologue that the senator was 'familiar' with the 'back door,'" Fox News reported.

"The fact that Trump can either find people like him or make him ... Lindsey Graham needs the stabilizing influence of his dead boyfriend," Maher said later, referring to Senator John McCain, who died Aug. 25 at age 81 and was close to Graham.

The question that Graham might be gay is something that has been brought up at various times over his political career. In denying it in a 2010 New York Times Magazine profile, Graham said:

"Like maybe I'm having a clandestine affair with Ricky Martin. I know it's really gonna upset a lot of gay men. I'm sure hundreds of 'em are gonna be jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge — but I ain't available. I ain't gay. Sorry."

(No need for him to be sorry.)

In 2007 when then Idaho senator Larry Craig was caught allegedly soliciting sex in a men's room, the Charleston City Paper looked to Graham as perhaps the next senator to be outed.

The paper asked: "Is it the latest grasp for the light switch in South Carolina's powerful political closet? Or the inevitable labeling of "closet-clinging self-hater" that befalls any content bachelor?

At the time political firebrand Michaelangelo Signorile pointed his finger at Graham:

"Like Larry Craig, Graham has voted antigay -- including for the federal marriage amendment -- while people in South Carolina and Washington have discussed what some say is an open secret for a long, long time.

"So let's have a real investigation of the rumors about South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who, like Larry Craig until shortly after the gay rumors reached a crescendo in the 80s, is, at the age of 52, unmarried, and has been rumored to be gay for years," Signorile wrote in 2007. "Like Larry Craig, Graham has voted antigay — including for the federal marriage amendment — while people in South Carolina and Washington have discussed what some say is an open secret for a long, long time."

The rumors of Graham being gay also were mentioned in his 2002 senate race.

"Early in the campaign, state Democratic Party Chair Dick Harpootlian said Graham was 'a little too light in the loafers to fill Strom Thurmond's shoes.' He later said he didn't know what "too light in the loafers" meant. Apparently he didn't know what too thick in the head meant either," the Charleston City Paper reported.

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  • Anonymous, 2018-10-13 15:18:56

    Well, maybe he’s NOT "gay"! Does he raise sheep or chickens??


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