News that John McCain’s Senate Chief of Staff Mark Buse likes men shot around the blogosphere earlier this week, garnering groans about how McCain is a hypocrite for pushing against gay rights while so close to an actual gay person.
Log Cabin Republicans Communications director Scott Tucker disagrees.
Tucker says the story’s architects – Michelangelo Signorile and Michael Rogers – were simply conducting a political stunt. What’s more, their revelations only speak to McCain’s gentle character:
This political stunt by Mike Rogers just proves what Log Cabin has been saying for years. John McCain is an inclusive Republican who hires the best people, regardless of sexual orientation.
C]an we please stop childishly lobbing the “homophobic” insult at Republicans who don’t agree with us on every issue? Rogers and his crowd keep saying McCain is “homophobic” or “anti-gay.” Words mean things. Calling John McCain homophobic doesn’t make it so. The truth is, Sen. John McCain is anything but homophobic. This is a man who has a record of hiring gay staff members-as evidenced by this recent “bombshell.
Well, if we can’t call McCain “homophobic,” perhaps “shamefully calculating” works?
McCain’s a man who apparently has no personal problem with gay people, but continues to use his power and influence to block gay rights. Either he’s simply putting on a political show or simply doesn’t view his pal Buse as an equal American. Or maybe both. Regardless, this entire scenario stinks.
[Via Pam’s House Blend]