Blogger Who Outed Craig Has More Hypocrites Up His Sleeve

This post, written by John Byrne, originally appeared on Raw Story

Move over, Larry Craig.

The "most feared man" on Capitol Hill promises he's going to release the names of a few more closeted Republicans in the months to come.

In a Tuesday profile of Washington outing blogger Mike Rogers by Jose Antonio Vargas, the 43-year-old activist says he plans to release the names of "a few more" closeted Congressmembers on his blog, blogACTIVE.

The onetime fundraiser outed Larry Craig on his blog last October. Following his post, the Idaho Statesman dispatched a reporter to this story -- a piece which remained canned until revelations that Craig was arrested for lewd conduct in a Minneapolis airport bathroom appeared in August.

Larry Craig wasn't "the first on my list," Rogers told the Post. "And the Idaho senator, who announced his resignation Saturday, 'won't be the last.'"

Years before outing gay members of Congress became fashionable, Rogers was hot on the trail. RAW STORY joined Rogers in reporting on closeted gay members of Congress and senior officials who preached an anti-gay agenda in public but lived another life in private.

In 2004, following up on a blog post, RAW STORY joined Rogers in reporting on California Republican David Dreier, who, according to associates and a former challenger, lived with his male chief of staff. Follow-up stories further revealed that Dreier paid his chief of staff from both his committee and office funds at a higher rate than similarly experienced aides.

The report, which drew attention from the LA Daily News and Hustler, failed to draw attention from the mainstream press. At the time, an editor from the LA Times declared the piece a non-story in a conversation with RAW STORY and this reporter.

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