Gheen...called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to "come out of that log cabin closet."After the comments received some news coverage, ALIPAC released a statement standing by the speech and reiterating the call for Graham to come out of the closet:
According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lindsey Graham has."
Gheen told the crowd: "I hope this secret isn't being used as leverage over Senator Graham, so today I think Senator Graham, you need to come forward and tell people about your alternative lifestyle and your homosexuality."
"Barney Frank is more honest and brave than you," Gheen continued, referring to the openly-gay Massachusetts congressman. [Huffington Post]
So the issue isn't so much that Lindsey Graham might be gay. It's that William Gheen doesn't know for sure that Lindsey Graham is gay, or he "knows" but can't prove it, which means that he can't blame the Sinister Gay Agenda for anything Graham does that he disagrees with.
"US Senator Lindsey Graham is gay and while many people in South Carolina and Washington DC know that, the general public and Graham's constituents do not," Gheen said in the statement. Though Gheen claimed, both in the statement and at the Tea Party rally, that he does "not care about Graham's private life," he again said that Graham must declare his supposed homosexuality "so the public can rest assured he is not being manipulated with his secret."
"I need to figure out why you're trying to sell out your own countrymen and I need to make sure you being gay isn't it," Gheen said over the weekend.
Basically, he's taking a page from Sue Sylvester's playbook and accusing Senator Graham of being a sneaky gay. (Yes, I read a political story and immediately think of Glee. Such is my mind.)
"So much sneaky gay deception...If I can't tell who's gay, how will I know who to judge?" Sounds like William Gheen's speechwriter!
Now, I've heard the gay rumors about Lindsey Graham before. I don't know or really care if they're true, except that if they are it just makes his horrible voting record on gay rights issues even sadder. For that reason alone, I'm hoping we eventually get to see the day that Lindsey decides to swish it up a bit.