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That Fag Charlie Crist Wants to Be a Senator (And Wishes to Be Straight)


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.

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  • Zakyluv

    I feel sorry for him that he has to abandon his man to get a better job.

  • Alec

    Crist could be a long term threat. He’s a relatively moderate Republican politician (not on this issue, for obvious reasons) and I’m certain he has presidential or vice presidential aspirations. Cut the legs off of this one now and win another gay friendly Democratic senator in the process.

    He’s almost a shoe in to win the primary. I suggest clips of his “come see me for a story in ten years” ex playing over and over again in conservative radio and television markets….after he wins the primary.

  • Good lord

    Well since your idea of the ultimate insult evidently is calling the man a “fag” in your headline, I guess we can add you to the list of self-haters. The last person who called me a fag got a punch in the nose.

  • Jack

    @Good lord: I’m with you. What the hell is up with that headline, Queerty?

  • ...

    that video is mad old

  • St Pete Native

    I live in St. Petersburg, FL – it’s an open secret Mr. Crist wants to be POTUS… which is why he married Ms. Rome (and the only reason she married him). So, to really “cut the legs off this one now”, Mr. Wetherington or Mr. Jordan also need to have a press announcement tomorrow. Surely there is an enterprising reporter somewhere working on this.

  • alejandro

    i find it so fuking stupid wen gay guys call eachother fags.. and we expect striaght ppl to stop.

  • Sarise

    Why the need to use a gay slur in reference to someone who is alleged to be gay? I find it to be an offensive term, no matter in what context is used.

  • atdleft

    @Alec: Not before the primary? Why not derail this train before it leaves the station?

  • atdleft

    @Good lord: Maybe Crist needs to stop being a self-hater first?

  • Alec

    @atdleft: I want the senate seat, although I do have to say it is a bit risky letting him win the primary, as moderates and independents aren’t likely to care about his sexual orientation. Whatever derails Crist is good enough for me.

  • fsuinthecity

    I was shocked when I saw the picture of Jason on the the page. I actually went to FSU with him. We used to chat online and hung out a few times. Hmmm…this is very interesting.

  • Jamie

    This is really embarrassing, Queerty. This site really needs some better writers and editors.

  • Zakakaka

    Crist looks so bottomish…yummy

  • alan brickman

    this will get more interesting..

  • alan brickman

    that guy is going to have a great sexual harressment suit!!

  • PuddyKatz

    Using “fag” is not really acceptable.
    Also you are going to need something other than that old rumor-mill news program to out Crist. He seems gay to me but why isnt’ there more evidence out there?

  • joey

    sick white queers covering each others’ skidmarks…they deserve each other…so pathetic and so very American frat boy…it’s like being in Madison Wisconsin again

  • Gigi

    I don’t think “Fag” is in any way appropriate for the title of this article. It is an extremely derogatory word that is used to express extreme hatred toward homosexuals. If we expect to tell others not to use it why should we then use it against other homosexuals.


  • schlukitz


    There wasn’t any “evidence” prior to McGreevey or Haggard being taken down either.

    Give it time, however.

  • danny

    Geez, haven’t any of you fags heard of a thing called ‘appropriation’. When fags use the term ‘fag’, we are taking ownership of something that was once forced onto us…it’s called political agency. Take a queer studies class. This is BASIC.

  • afrolito

    Where is the “hard” proof that this man is gay? If this ridiculous headline was published at the New York Times, or the Post, everyone here would have gone ape-shit over FAG.

    The whispering campaign against this man, and others “accused” of being gay is just as homophobic as anything Fred Phelps ever said, who at least mildly funny in his insanity.

  • Mad Professah


    Agreed. Use of fag is unacceptable. But calling Crist gay is perfectly fine (c.f. OUTRAGE)

  • alex

    @danny: This isn’t appropriation because the word is being used in a negative context.

  • L

    what’s a guy like him doing with a guy as old as Crist? Not to be ageist but ick! You couldn’t pay me to sleep with him.

  • michael

    Florida is a gay hating hell hole, they deserve a self hating closet case like this. The outer world reflects the inner world.

    Crist is icky and creepy. I would rather slam my dick in a door than to touch something like him.

  • bobito

    Yeah, he’s a big ole closet case, and yeah, it’s no secret. The fact remains that as governor, Crist has been a fuckload better than Jeb Bush ever was. For the first time in recent history, the elections weren’t preceded by a massive removal of voters’ eligibility among groups that were considered more likely to vote for the democrat (and look who won). He’s trying to undo some of the damage Jeb did to the state’s educational system. And when GWB wanted to come down and joint campaign with him for the Florida repubs in mid-term elections, Crist skipped town – BEFORE ditching the monkey-boy was the standard republican strategy. I admired that.

    Having said that, I now have to go wash my hands in ammonia and disinfect my keyboard for having typed ‘Crist’ and ‘fuckload’ in the same sentence. eeeeew!

  • alex

    Thanks for calling my home a “gay hating hell hole”, Michael. Here in South Florida, there is a huge LGBT community. We take care of each other and generally have good raport with the community-at-large. Key West has long been known for it’s laid-back “live-and-let-live” vibe. And, Fort Lauderdale/Wilton Manors numerous gay owned and operated businesses.

    Please, however, don’t plan on visiting. Based on your over-generalized and highly negative post, I’d be willing to bet you wouldn’t be very much fun to be around.

  • Kdogg

    @danny: Do you also feel that black people should be able to call each other Nigger and reclaim that. No its inappropriate for others to use and its not appropriate for black people to use.

    If we want to be taken serious when we tell people the word “Faggot” is unacceptable why would we then refer to each other that way. Also I might add in no way is this headline referring to this man in a good way. It is using the word “Fag” in a derogatory way just as its been used against us.

    !!REMOVE IT!!

  • Queerky

    Like Larry Craig, Crist has married a woman with children from a previous marriage. It is time to use his very own legislation forbidding gays from adopting in Florida.


    @alejandro: I agree, stop w/ the Fag calling, It has to be cut off somewhere, so why not start with the gay community. I don’t like being called a fag by another gay person myself and I’m very open and happy with who I am, Hum, so maybe I shouldn’t care if I’m called a fag since I’m know who I am and happy with it?

  • laca

    Danny #23…you weren’t paying attention in your queer studies class….appropriation is not what the headline is doing…using fag in this way is a cheap negative sensationalistic trick. That is what is basic!!

  • Jack

    @joey: From Madison, Wisconsin: Go fuck yourself.

  • alan brickman


  • Bush Cheney 2012

    Homosexuals who actively or passively support Crist, please stop! You are undermining our future. Think of Step n Fetchit represeting African Americans in the Senate. That would be wrong. It is no more correct than for Crist to “represent” us with a wink and a nod while he rails against corruptors of Family values in the Senate with Mitch McConell. Be proud. You think he’ll be stealth, or a long term threat. Get real. He will sell out because if he leads a lie in his personal affairs, how can you expect him to be honest with you. Wake up!

  • Roy Rogers Oldenkamp

    @Alec: Not only that, he was a candidate for VP and married her to “pass muster”.
    Livin’ the Barry Diller life!!

  • Roy Rogers Oldenkamp

    @alex: FLORIDA is gay hating, in general.
    Sorry, from Anita Bryant to Ft. Lauderdale kicking out gay businesses a decade or so ago to stopping gay adoption there is and has always been rampant homophobia in that state, a southern bastion of bigotry. I know, I went to school there and know that state from Key West to Panama City. Sure, it has its eccentric charms, but a welcoming haven for the LGBT community, outside of a few oases, it is not.

  • Rob Moore

    @alex: And Germany had a large Jewish community until World War II. So what if parts of South Florida have large gay populations. The fact remains, Florida followed that pied piper bitch Anita Bryant. It’s laws have only become less gay friendly since that prissy christian whore got her homophobic opinions passed into law.

    Thanks to Florida the country got stuck with another Bush as president. I dislike Florida as much as Texas and for the same reasons, homophobia and a family named Bush. Every damn member of the Bush family should be neutered to prevent anymore of them.

  • Chris


    Me too. That’s a *terrible* headline. Talk about sending the wrong message.

  • Justin

    @michael: Michael said: “Florida is a gay hating hell hole, they deserve a self hating closet case like this.”
    WRONG, for two reasons:
    1. – Adult gay rights
    2. – More importantly — We ALL should leave this world (including Florida) in better shape than we found it in. Remember being picked on in school? Being called “fag” before you even knew what it meant? Well, there are multitudes of GLBTQ children – children of OUR community – who need us at this point in American history. They need us to call hypocrisy for what it is when it’s harming others. You wanna be a hypocrite at home? Fine. You wanna kill the prospects of my GLBT brothers and sisters in Florida to be adoptive parents, to enter into a marriage covenant, or to be secure in their homes and in public places? If you’re a public figure, and if I can help stop you, then I will.

    This IS about Florida, and about the rest of our states, too. PARTS of Florida are indeed gay-hating hellholes like you say. And the children in those hellholes have to get up in the morning and go to school just like you did. All the more reason to work for change — and to work to dislodge their persecutors.

    Your comments are selfish and short-sighted. What’s your problem, anyway?

  • Gay Lover on the Down Looowwww

    Well folks, I can certainly understand where Charlie Crist is coming from, no pun intended. Ouch! So lets all vote for him because we need another Homosexual in office to replace our good friend and behind the scenes supporter – Larry Craig. Larry looked out for us (on the down low of course). We should all have the good taste to not expect Charlie to stand up for us when the lynch mob comes. But of course he is more than willing to drop a load or two on us if at all possible! You know you like it down and dirty.

  • Treez

    So to everyone talking about the term “Fag” being used I wanted to say a couple of things. Please don’t get mad just wanted to see what people think. As a Black gay man I use the N word as a term of endearment as well as to describe uncouth blacks. If I say that’s my nigga, its endearment, but if I say look at that ignorant ass nigga I’m talking shit.

    I feel the term fag is used in the exact same context. If some of you don’t like the term it’s probably b/c 1) you act like a silly fag or 2) some straight guy has called you one. Me personally, I would and have kicked a straight guy’s ass for calling me a fag, but like I tell some of my black brothers if you act like an ignorant ass nigga people are going to call you one and some of the change needs to come from within…so now I say to my gay brothers…if you act like a queenie fag getting your twirl limp wrist all the time then people are going to call you a fag…and maybe you/we need to do some self reflection?

    btw if some of you really thing straight people are ever going to stop saying fag you’re dreaming…

  • Dennis

    @Gay Lover on the Down Looowwww:
    Sorry, but what did Larry Wide-stance EVER do for GLBT’s except vote against our interests/rights? What behind the scenes support did he offer(?), show some proof or you’re just spinning B.S. And from what I understand, Crist’s GLBT support record is mixed a best.

    Be on the down low if you choose, it’s your life, and not my business…but any down low gays actively working against us have been given notice, zero tolerance and no sympathy for closteted bashers…the closet will no longer protect you.

  • Gay Lover on the Down Looowwww

    Dennis, Seriously, Larry Craig put his sweaty all into supporting us, he just did from behind! So in reality we get the “shaft” twice from the likes of Craig and Crist. Once in the bathroom anonymously, (in front of some 10 year old kid know doubt), and once on the Senate floor as he lectures us about Family values. Does anyone know if Larry is divorced yet? Is it just me?, I am offended by anyone wanting public sex in a bathroom that potentially exposes oneself and this activity to small children, all the while he is in DC ranting about protecting children from Gay’s and Lesbians… Maybe Crist can pass a law the outlaws this hypocrisy! Or maybe not, or maybe an earmark that allows an exception to the Tampa, Miami, and Jacksonville airports!

  • Cam

    @Good lord: you said “No. 3 · Good lord
    Well since your idea of the ultimate insult evidently is calling the man a “fag” in your headline, I guess we can add you to the list of self-haters. The last person who called me a fag got a punch in the nose.”

    I think Queerty was pointing out that it is Charlie Crist that thinks being called anything having to do with “Gay” would be an insult.

  • Alumni

    They’re all the same at heart. I’m shocked to see Jason running around town, spouting his gayness so proudly. Just a few short years ago, he was a leader in his high school’s bible group and actively worked against the school’s gay-straight alliance. He challenged out, proud, gay students to debates about their rights and safety in the very school he attended. I only hope Jason looks back and is thankful for those who worked so hard, so early, to make it safe for him to come out, whenever he chose to do so. My point is, Jason, like many others (alledgedly Mr. Crist) have their roots in self-hatred and cowardice. Perhaps this was the topic of his and Mr. Crist’s pillow talk. Let us give the politicians the same patience Jason’s classmates have afforded him. No one can drag anyone out of the closet, we can only hope for allies (be they gay or straight) instead of enemies.

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