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Far Right ALIPAC leader Demands Outing of S. Carolina Senato
April 20, 2010
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William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-"amnesty," anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to "come out of that log cabin closet."

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lindsey Graham has."

Gheen told the crowd: "I hope this secret it isn't being used as leverage over Senator Graham, so today I think Senator Graham, you need to come forward and tell people about your alternative lifestyle and your homosexuality."

"Barney Frank is more honest and brave than you," Gheen continued, referring to the openly-gay Massachusetts congressman.

ALIPAC has posted the video titled "US Senator Graham is Gay" on YouTube, where various news outlets have covered it.

At one point, the video contained the tags "queer" and "fag," which Gheen told HuffPost were the result of a hacked YouTube account. When Gheen was informed of the keywords, he replaced them with less incendiary language.

The group defended itself Monday, and in fact doubled down on calls for Lindsay Graham to admit his homosexuality.

In a statement, ALIPAC alleged that a "brief clip of Gheen's speech, which is out of proper context, has already gone viral on YouTube and been reported by Keith Olberman on MSNBC without proper permissions or attributions."

"US Senator Lindsey Graham is gay and while many people in South Carolina and Washington DC know that, the general public and Graham's constituents do not," Gheen said in the statement. Though Gheen claimed, both in the statement and at the Tea Party rally, that he does "not care about Graham's private life," he again said that Graham must declare his supposed homsexuality "so the public can rest assured he is not being manipulated with his secret."

"I need to figure out why you're trying to sell out your own countrymen and I need to make sure you being gay isn't it," Gheen said over the weekend.

Anonymous rumors of Sen. Graham's supposed homosexuality have swirled around Washington before. In the run-up to Justice Sotomayor's confirmation hearing, Graham asked Sotomayor to explain uncredited comments about her past behavior. A blogger reactd by asking Graham to respond to anonymous speculation that he was gay.

UPDATE:

Former CNN anchor and former ALIPAC partner Lou Dobbs is "calling for William Gheen to resign after his comments/actions on Sen. Lindsey Graham's sexuality" via Twitter.

Watch the video, started at the "gay" comments, or start from the beginning for full context:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/2 ... 44554.html

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June 14, 2010
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I like ALIPAC, and I like Gheen.

So, he called Graham out of the closet? What is wrong with that? I've known guys that we've all known were gay, but couldn't admit it, but, once their out, they feel so much better. It's like they're finally in control of their life and the world. When people are in the closet and they have something to hide, they allow others to control them and blackmail them. After Gheen said this at a teaparty, Graham turned around on his support of a breath tax...sorry...an air tax (in the words of CFR)...sorry in the name of global warming...sorry...in the name of global "change".

So what if Graham is gay? I don't care who he sleeps with as long as it isn't me. However, when somebody like pastor Ted is preaching against being gay, while having a gay lover, then they can be easily blackmailed. That is why Gheen called him out and now Graham doesn't want to tax your breath. Funny how that happens.

Now, Aquarian, as a gay man yourself, I've seen you take a lot of flack over the years here alone. I have never walked in your shoes and never can. However, isn't there a freedom when coming out of the closet? Isn't there something that renews life...I don't know the words...but, there is something that feels good in coming out, no matter the crap that is slung at you. All Gheen did was call him out. Gheen doesn't care if he is gay.

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June 14, 2010
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I have no qualms about what you said about the liberating feeling that being out of the closet comes with, but one should doubt whether or not, the Tea Party, like Gheen, would support full civil rights for gays, lesbians, transgendered, etc. I highly doubt that.

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June 15, 2010
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I hate to tell you this Aquarian, I am a tea-bagger. And I'm proud of it. As a matter of fact there were a couple of girls who worked for a for-profit corporation that provides services for the poor at our tax day protest. In retrospect I'm wondering if that corporation was ACORN. They were trying to instigate problems by purposely bumping people and telling me and the gal next to me, how nobody there knew what they were talking about. So, I informed them that I am a tea-bagger and go ahead and ask me anything. One gal took a video with her phone of the "interview".

As far as "civil rights" goes...well, that is a big subject. As it is, even with those laws, there is still discrimination in the work place. The most discriminated population today is of obese people. I think it is probably subconscious. Fat people are perceived to be slow and lazy. Do they now need a law for them?

As a female I am very much against affirmative action. I believe it has done more harm than good. It also doesn't prevent women from getting lower wages than an equally educated man doing the same exact job. Now, there are reasons for this. One of them is that we weren't taught how to negotiate at the interview. As a matter of fact, I had this happen to me. I was hired about a month before the next new hire. The receptionist and I were friends and she also did the books, so she knew how much everyone made. But, I was hired first and in the subsequent years I received very good raises, substantial raises. Am I bitter because he started with a higher wage? At first I was, until I realized that I needed to get an attitude like his, "I'm work $X and that is what I am willing to work for, take it or leave it". I learned from that information that I was lacking in the interview process, not that I was being "discriminated" against because I'm female. That is just a victimization attitude that never helps anyone. Instead I've learned from that. After all, we are "resources" to companies. All companies want to get the most from their "resources" and spend the least amount of money.

Now, the negative that I've witnessed, from affirmative action goes back to when I was a kid. My parents both worked at the post office. Often around the dinner table I'd hear about how my father's manager only got her job because she was black and how all these women who were promoted slept their way to the top. These are pretty common beliefs with certain types of men. In other words, women are obviously incapable of being successful without the handy cap of affirmative action. We have to be a color other than white and sleep with the right people to be successful. There is no way in hell a woman can be successful on her own merit, nah, that'd never happen. 🙄

I believe affirmative action perpetuates racism and sexism.

As far as who somebody sleeps with or a person born the wrong gender, I don't care. Well, I care if I'm sleeping with them, but that is different. But, in the work place I only care if they do their job. I can't speak for all tea-partiers. Many are vastly Reagan/Palin type "conservatives". I don't agree with those people. One old lady I met, even supported the (un)patriot-act. 🙁 I tried to give her new information.

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