Held info on Foley, has vowed to shake up November election
Posted: October 5, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern
A radical homosexual activist who claims some of the credit for revealing former Rep. Mark Foley's relationships with underage male pages has warned there is more to come, stating on his website earlier this year he would "out" a "gay" Republican senator during the run-up to the mid-term elections.
"Ladies and Gentlemen ... if they want a cultural war, I'll give them a f------ cultural war. Fasten your seatbelts, it's gonna be a bumpy 2006," wrote Mike Rogers on his weblog in January – a posting noted by the blog Sweetness & Light
As WND reported, Rogers held on to damaging information about Foley – who abruptly resigned Friday in the wake of revelations – having indicated the story would break just prior to the Nov. 7 congressional elections.
Rogers helped develop a "target list" of 20 lawmakers and Capitol Hill staffers he believed were hiding their sexual orientation while promoting an "anti-gay" political agenda. The list included Foley and Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland
Rogers claimed that before the Foley story broke, he shared information about the congressman with Bill Burton, the director of communications for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. WND spoke with a Burton assistant, but the director did not respond to a request for comment.
Foley resigned as reports surfaced of inappropriate e-mails with a male page. Later, ABC News released online instant messages of more salacious exchanges. Foley has issued a statement saying he checked himself into an alcohol rehabilitation program at an undisclosed location. His attorney Tuesday said the congressman is a "gay man" who suffered abuse in his youth from an unnamed member of the clergy.
On his blog in January, Rogers wrote an open letter to the purported Republican lawmaker on the eve of the Senate vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. Homosexual activists fiercely opposed Alito, and Rogers warned the senator, "Tomorrow you will decide if your political position is worth more than doing what is right for others like you."
Rogers continued, with a reference indicating his knowledge of career-destroying facts about the senator.
For others like you, Mr. Senator, who engage in oral sex with other men. (Although, Mr. Senator, most of us don't do in the bathrooms of Union Station!) Your fake marriage, by the way, will NOT protect you from the truth being told on this blog.
Rogers added notes after the letter, including this one, indicating the senator would be outed at a time that would impact his re-election effort.
Ladies and Gentlemen.... if they want a cultural war, I'll give them a f------ cultural war. Fasten your seatbelts, it's gonna be a bumpy 2006.
UPDATE: Some of you have asked if he will be outed tomorrow. No. The blog will report on this closeted Republican Senator between tomorrow and a time when it may most impact the reelection effort of the Senator. Just because the Democratic establishment has given up the fight for our Nation, doesn't mean this site will. ...
David Corn, Washington editor of left-leaning The Nation magazine, wrote in a post on his blog yesterday of a "list going around" of homosexual Republican aides on Capitol Hill.
Corn said "The List," as it's called, includes nine chiefs of staffs, two press secretaries and two directors of communications. Among the Republican lawmakers for whom they work are Rep. Katherine Harris, Rep. Henry Hyde, Sen. Bill Frist, Sen. George Allen, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rick Santorum.
Corn says he has a copy of the list but won't publish it.
"For one, I don't know for a fact that the men on the list are gay," he writes. "And generally I don't fancy outing people – though I have not objected when others have outed gay Republicans, who, after all, work for a party that tries to limit the rights of gays and lesbians and that welcomes the support of those who demonize same-sexers."
Corn referred to a report Tuesday by CBS News correspondent Gloria Borger, who noted anger among House Republicans at what an unidentified House GOPer called a "network of gay staffers and gay members who protect each other and did the Speaker a disservice."
The implication, said Corn, is "that these gay Republicans somehow helped page-pursuing Mark Foley before his ugly (and possibly illegal) conduct was exposed. The List – drawn up by gay politicos – is a partial accounting of who on Capitol Hill might be in that network."