Tuesday, August 17, 2004


By Albert Greenland, guest blogger for The Galvin Opinion

The State of New Jersey got a bad break when it elected McGreevey

What did Jim McGreevey, the first “gay American,” ever do to advance the gay agenda? When did he stand up and say, “We’re here! We’re queer! Get used to it!” Except for hiring one of his unqualified flunky boyfriends, a poet, to the key position of New Jersey homeland security director after 9/11 (remember that Newark's Prudential building was cased by terrorists), he did not do very much for gays. Let’s think about his career. McGreevey is a man who has done everything he can to cover up the fact that he is gay. He married not once, but twice, and fathered two children. He made public appearances with his arm around his second wife. His homosexuality, really, was a better kept secret than the location of Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction. Even at Thursday's press conference, he stated that he was “ashamed” of his conduct. Now some people are embracing McGreevey and this magical moment, “the first of its kind.” For, a sitting governor has proclaimed his “gayness” to the world. It was a poorly written resignation speech, more ignominious than anything else I have observed in politics in a long time. McGreevey refused to say he was gay until the very last moment, and then — the coda — he resigned. Is that the message gays want to hear? Should gays quit their jobs if their sexuality becomes public? If I were a gay rights advocate I would condemn McGreevey for putting the homosexual agenda back fifteen years.

This is one that cannot be blamed on the Republicans. Apparently Republicans “in the know,” influential Republicans like Bret Schundler (who was defeated by the governor in the last race), understood that McGreevey was gay and never made the information public. Would the Democrats have been classy enough to conceal such information from the public about Republicans? No way. Those vipers strike best at the heels. This is just typical Democratic Party politics. Thomas Galvin already discussed what McGreevey’s resignation was really all about, ensuring that McGreevey will stay in office for the next few months over the hailstorm to ensue if McGreevey is accused by his ex-boyfriend of sexual harassment or rape.

Democrats, who herald the rights of “disenfranchised voters” will do anything possible to anticipate and prevent New Jersey voters from choosing a new, Republican governor in November. They are making similar efforts nationwide to keep Nader off ballots. Most importantly, Democrats want to avoid putting New Jersey in play for Bush.

Until Thursday, like other Democrats, McGreevey enjoyed the wall of secrecy and protection, the “code of omerta,” that liberals assume to protect Democrats. Democrats’ private lives only become public knowledge when someone files a lawsuit for rape or sexual assault (i.e., Paula Jones, et al.) Yes, “there is no honor among thieves.” That cliché, in my opinion, best describes the Democrats’ relationships with special interest groups, i.e., gay rights groups, or pro-abortion groups. Remember, that John Kerry is pro-abortion but believes that life begins at conception. Where was NARAL when Kerry said that? NARAL kept its own counsel, but I bet that true believers were not pleased. Now McGreevey put his best foot forward, the “gay American”, a man cheating on his wife (a far cry from the handsome, confident sets of brides or grooms we have seen “marrying” in same sex ceremonies around the country).

Jim McGreevey is a corrupt politician whose transgresions finally caught up to him. He made a cynical bid for sympathy by wrapping himself in the gay rainbow flag. He outed himself in order to stay out of trouble, or worse, prison. Is he someone that gay activists, struggling to change Americans’ perceptions, wish to tote as their idol? Probably not, and I would wager money that gays are furious with McGreevey today. They should be.


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