Closeted Gay Politicians a 'Sad Cliche'

Hypocrites like Roy Ashburn aren't truly serving the people
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2010 5:22 AM CST

(Newser) – When California State Senator Roy Ashburn came out of the closet following a DUI arrest this week, he made a curious argument about his virulently anti-gay voting record: He justified it by saying that it “reflects the wishes of the people in my district.” Meghan McCain finds it fascinating that Ashburn “seems to think there is a delineation between the public and private lives of an elected official,” she writes in the Daily Beast.

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Yes, an elected official is there to serve his constituency. “But that only works if there is transparency and honesty. If Barney Frank votes against an anti-gay discrimination measure, at least voters know he is gay.” In the end, Ashburn is “just another cliché, another Republican forced out of the closet who offered a self-loathing apology.” It shouldn’t be this hard to be a gay politician in America, but being a “sad hypocrite” isn’t the answer. (Read more Meghan McCain stories.)

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