Yes, he’s making it official. And yes, the gay rumors will only grow closer and closer to accepted fact, if they aren’t already. The involuntary star of Kirby Dick’s Outrage, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is expected tomorrow to announce his run for retiring U.S Sen. Mel Martinez’s seat. And his beard, wife Carole Rome, will certainly appear beside him.
Why such animosity toward Crist? Not because he’s a closeted homo — which we feel bad about — but because it’s folks like him whose self-hatred comes out in the political games they play. Playing god with other people’s rights from the governor’s mansion, Crist stood by Florida’s standing ban on gay couples adopting, claiming “traditional family provides the best environment for children.” Then there was his 2006 run for governor, where he supported civil unions but not same-sex marriage. And his support during the 2008 election season for Proposition 2, which wrote into the state constitution a ban on same-sex marriage.
So it seems as good a time as any to revisit Crist’s history of gay sex scandals! There’s GOP staffer Jason Wetherington (pictured, left) who bragged around town about bedding Crist. And of course Crist’s long-term partner Bruce Carlton Jordan, a convicted thief.