Not Wanted

Is WY Sen. John Barrasso Another GOP Closet Case?

You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. So do we really want Sen. John Barrasso (R.-WY) as a member of our family? According to Mike Rogers, a blogger who has an impeccable track record of sniffing out GOP closet cases, whether we want him or not, we’ve got him. Rogers tweeted on Sunday that Barrasso “had the chance to come out as gay on @foxnewssunday out and be proud.”  Rogers hasn’t elaborated on his tweet, but his past calls include Rep. Mark Foley, Sen. Larry Craig and GOP strategist Ken Mehlman, so he had demonstrated that he knows what he’s talking about.

Of course, Barrasso is in the finest knuckle-dragging tradition of the party. He has a 15% voting record from Human Rights Campaign, is a vociferous opponent of marriage equality and “traditional family values.” When he was appointed to the Senate in 2007 to fill a vacancy caused by the death of his predecessor, Barrasso boasted  that “I have voted for prayer in schools, against gay marriage and have sponsored legislation to protect the sanctity of life.” He was officially elected in 2008.

Barrasso is 61 and is married to his second wife. By profession, he’s an orthopedic surgeon. If Rogers is right, that should come in handy, as Barrasso has apparently been tying himself in knots for years.