Long live the closeted queen?
It's official. David Dreier has been chosen as the stop-gap replacement for House Majority Leader Tom Delay, who is, um, otherwise engaged. [LINK]
Let's see, what do we know about Dreier. He's "articulate, reasonable and attractive" ... kinda like a Roy Cohn:
The powerful 12-term congressman Ã¢â‚¬â€ chairman of the House Rules Committee, chairman of the California Republican House delegation, co-chairman of Californians for Bush, chairman of Governor Arnold SchwarzeneggerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s transition team Ã¢â‚¬â€ is in the cross hairs of Mike Rogers and his Blogactive.com Web site ...
Now, Rogers Ã¢â‚¬â€ a former development director for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Ã¢â‚¬â€ has given Dreier the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Roy Cohn Award, in recognition of 24 years of working against gay and lesbian rights while living as a gay man yourself.Ã¢â‚¬Â He is pummeling Dreier with almost daily revelations as a response to the GOPÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s anti-gay crusade for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages.Or is he more like former New Jersey Democratic Governor Jim McGreevey?
RogersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ campaign against Dreier got a major boost when it was taken up by Raw Story, the hot new liberal gadfly newsblog. Raw Story Ã¢â‚¬â€ which is edited out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, by 23-year-old John Byrne, who is also gay Ã¢â‚¬â€ last week published an interview with DreierÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Democratic opponent in 1998 and 2000, Dr. Janice Nelson, who said she was aware during her 2000 campaign that Dreier was living with his chief of staff, Brad Smith. "Brad was like an invisible presence," she said. "They really have the routine down slick." ...
It appears that he is the highest-paid chief of staff to any House committee chair. SmithÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s $156,600 salary is just $400 less than that of White House chief of staff Andy Card and Bush political commissar Karl Rove. By comparison, the chief of staff to the chair of the House Judiciary Committee makes $126,000, while the chief of staff to the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee makes just $100,696. New Jersey Democratic Governor Jim McGreevey was recently forced to resign when it was about to become public that he had put his boyfriend on the public payroll at a salary slightly less than the one which Dreier pays Smith. [LINK]No wonder Dreier got his nerve up to oppose the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. There's no way a politician could wangle that kind of sweet deal for a spouse.
P.S: I'm not one to make a public figure''s sexual orientation an issue every time they come up in the conversation, but I do subscribe to what Doug Ireland refers to as the Barney Frank rule -- it's an issue only if a person's anti-gay policy record makes it one.