Karen Santorum has stepped into the spotlight in South Carolina, speaking at length for the first time during the presidential campaign of her husband, Rick Santorum.
We wish she’d kept her mouth shut.
After taking a question from a woman trying to reconcile being a Santorum supporter with having a gay son who’s been told of Santorum’s shoddy record with the LGBT community.
“It makes me very sad what the gay activists have done out there,” Karen said at a rally in Myrtle Beach, according to the National Journal. “They’ve vilified him. And it’s so wrong. Rick doesn’t hate anyone. He loves them. What he has simply said is marriage shouldn’t happen [between gay people].”
The Santorums’ daughter Elizabeth has said practically the same thing about her father’s bigotry: “It’s a policy thing, he thinks this is the right thing for America and the foundations of our country,” she explained in a recent HuffPo interview. “People are entitled to live the way they want, but to project those values and say those are the best values for our country are a different thing.”
And Rick spat out almost the identical wording at the rally: “This is public policy difference,” he said, “And the problem is some see that public policy difference as a personal assault.”
Good to see the Santorums have all rehearsed their lines together.
Ironically, Mrs. Santorum hasn’t always been lockstep with Rick when it comes to social issues: When she was 22 and single, Karen Garver shacked up with a 63-year-old doctor Tom Allen, who routinely performed abortions as part of his practice.
It gets worse. As The Daily Beast reports:
Her live-in partner through most of her 20s was Tom Allen, a Pittsburgh obstetrician and abortion provider 40 years older than she, who remains an outspoken crusader for reproductive rights and liberal ideals. Dr. Allen has known Mrs. Santorum, born Karen Garver, her entire life: he delivered her in 1960.
Oh there’s nothing creepy about that. Nosiree!
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