FLORIDA GOVERNOR'S RACE: CRIST PARTYING WITH FOLEY?
I have problems with the Wayne Madsen Report because Wayne's sources are almost never identified. However, the rumors in Florida (my home state) about Crist's sexual orientation and behavior are so pervasive that they have to be addressed. When I say that, it makes my stomach churn because as a Christian and a progressive Democrat I deplore homophobia. It is past time, though, I believe, for Republicans to either declare their acceptance of the gays in their midst or cease their gay-bashing policies. In addition, I believe it's relevant for both political parties, who are positioning themselves as "values" proponents to acknowledge that whether same-sex or heterosexual relationships are the subject, promiscuity is not generally approved by voters, and especially "values voters."
I respect any committed relationship, whether heterosexual or same-sex. And I acknowledge that slippages (i.e., unfaithfulness) among both sorts occasionally happen. These episodes should not necessarily disqualify a public servant from service. However, a pattern of such behavior while belaboring an opponent's, is, in my mind, grounds for questioning a candidate's fitness for office. And the hypocrisy of "family values" campaigners who attack their opponents for their tolerance while successfully keeping secret their own sexual peccadillos deserves exposure.
However, according to our Florida sources, the FBI and Justice Department informed the Florida Governor's office, Attorney General Crist, and the Florida AG's Child Protection Cybercrime Unit at least a year ago about Foley's predatory emails and instant messages. WMR was told that Crist's conflict-of-interest in the case stems from Crist's and Foley's involvement in gay sex parties, some of which took place during 2003 in trendy Coconut Grove, Florida.
Informed Florida sources claim that up until now, Crist and Jeb Bush have been able to keep a lid on the once-divorced Crist's life style, touting his conservative Christian credentials, but that the Foley revelations will severely impact the Crist gubernatorial campaign. The links between Foley and Crist are certain to harm Crist with his conservative backers who admire Crist for his anti-gay rights stance. Floridians begin early voting on October 23.