The Kolbe Question

Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe’s name has been in the news quite a bit these past few days regarding “The Foley Scandal,” i.e. Americablog:

A Republican congressman knew of disgraced former representative Mark Foley’s inappropriate Internet exchanges as far back as 2000 and personally confronted Foley about his communications.

A spokeswoman for Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) confirmed yesterday that a former page showed the congressman Internet messages that had made the youth feel uncomfortable with the direction Foley (R-Fla.) was taking their e-mail relationship….

A source with direct knowledge of Kolbe’s involvement said the messages shared with Kolbe were sexually explicit, and he read the contents to The Washington Post under the condition that they not be reprinted. But Cline denied the source’s characterization, saying only that the messages had made the former page feel uncomfortable. Nevertheless, she said, “corrective action” was taken. Cline said she has not yet determined whether that action went beyond Kolbe’s confrontation with Foley.

Okay.  Putting all other issues aside, there’s an elephant in the room here not being spoken of.  Jim Kolbe himself is a gay republican.  From the Wiki:

Kolbe revealed his homosexuality in August 1996 after his vote in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act spurred efforts by some in the gay community to “out” him.

So I’m waiting and wondering just how much crap we everyday gay folks are going to get because of this disgusting coverup.  Foley?  Gay.  Kolbe?  Gay.  How long before Kolbe starts getting the bulk of the blame because he, the only openly gay republican in congress, is going to be out of the picture anyway?  Will he be the final scapegoat?  I don’t know.  But waiting for the official spin is killing me.


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