Pam Spaulding

The 'Fred Thompson is gay' rumors are swirling

Filed By Pam Spaulding | July 05, 2007 10:41 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Andrew Sullivan, Fred Thompson, gay rumors, outing, wingnuts

A big congrats on the relaunch -- The Bilerico Project is a cool place to be invited to post. So many voices, much to read and take in.

For my first foray into the Project, I thought that I'd share some fun from Freeperland, something I do fairly often at my own pad, Pam's House Blend.

A couple of days ago, Mike Rogers tossed in his two cents on unannounced prez wannabe Fred Thompson's hiring of openly gay ex-Rick Santorum aide Robert Traynham.

The latest bit of business is that the rumors are swirling about the former Tennessee senator's own carnal history...

In light of the recent news that Fred Thompson has brought on Robert Traynham to work on his non-campaign, this adds a fun new spin to the 2008 GOP Clown Car race. Andrew Sullivan floats this out there:

Outside the extremist, activist base, regular GOP voters turn out to be relatively tolerant when it comes to sexual minorities and private sex lives. They're not well represented by their party leaders, as far as policy is concerned. This is good news for Fred Thompson. The man has had a colorful and wide-ranging sex life, as I'm sure we will soon find out.

LOL. Moving on to Wonkette, the coverage of this "outing" was quite amusing.


But that's not all.

Sullivan is not even close to the first person we've heard float this particular rumor, not that that says anything as to its truth. Because we've also heard, from someone who insists that he heard it from people in a good position to know such things, that Fred Thompson has an enormous dick, which is how he manages to get all of the hundreds upon hundreds of hot ladies he sleeps with.

Apparently Mike Rogers (who hat tipped Rod) has also heard the gossip.

The rumors that Andrew writes about have been flying around DC for quite sometime now. He must know something I don' it's a good thing that he has finally gotten his act together and come around to see the benefits of sites like BlogActive.

What will the Freepi, who have been looking upon Thompson as their savior, do if the rumors are true? As  senator, he often voted their way -- against ENDA and hate crimes legislation twice, and he voted for DOMA.

The Freepi are already in a froth over Thompson's choice of Traynham. Laughfest dead ahead...

Actual Freeper Quotes

There goes my last hope of Santorum running for President. Perhaps a VP slot is in the works. I believe Santorum could help the GOP carry Pennsylvania in 2008.

This opens Fred to attacks, certainly. On the other hand, Santorum was reliably pro-life and pro-family, an orthodox Catholic.

This is the first time I'm dissappointed with Thompson. It makes NO sense to hire an openly homosexual in a prominent role. VP Cheney's homosexual daughter has hurt him. One of the reasons I so strongly oppose Rudy the Rumpranger is because he is to homophilic. Senator Thompson, please don't make the same mistake. You don't have to condemn homosexuals, but don't embrace them -- which gives them the "legitamacy" they desire -- either.

Senator, please don't sink your campaign so soon buy doing something stupid. Stay clear of pro-choicers, gun grabbers, and homophiles.

You don't have to condemn homosexuals, but don't embrace them

Traynham only became openly gay once he was outed by slimy gay activists [WRONG -- he was professionally closeted; Santorum knew Traynham was gay.], so it's not like he flaunts it. As long as Traynham doesn't promote a homosexual agenda, I have no problem with this. There are many, many hetereosexuals who promote the gay agenda, and I have a much bigger problem with them than with a gay man who doesn't.

Traynham isn't running, Thompson is. If Traynham is the best in the business and he can help get a conservative into office, I say, go for it.

This guy will be serving roles as Thompson's communications and press director. He will have ZERO influence on policy. He has an extensive, impeccable record; not only did he work for Santorum, he also worked with the RNC and on Capitol Hill. The fact that he's homosexual is completely irrelevant, although unfortunate.

You said: "I believe Santorum could help the GOP carry Pennsylvania in 2008."

How, he couldn't even keep his own senate seat?

VP Cheney's homosexual daughter has hurt him.

I don't see how, since it is Elizabeth Cheney (the straight one) who is an advisor.

Pennsylvania has been on the precipice of scumbag "blue" for a long time. The city parasites have continued to infest the suburbs, and there has been a huge influx of New York City garbage into Bucks County, where they fled to escape the disaster they voted themselves up north. Like Carville once said, "Pennsylvania is Philadelphia at one end, Pittsburgh at the other end, and Alabama in between." It's all about turnout, and it takes a lot of turnout by the normal people in flyover country to defeat the Democrat fraud and union mobilization efforts in Philly.

I don't have a problem with it unless his position is used as a platform to advance and promote the gay agenda.

"Big tents" are meant to include conservatives of all stripes (not Rinos). I trust Fred to hire the right guy. And while a few fringe loonies (who will still vote for Fred anyway if nominated) might "worry" about it, the likelihood is that this makes Fred less frightening to moderate voters, like gays who can now set the gay political fears aside, and vote their wallets (or handbags.)

Robert Traynham was with Fred's entourage when Fred visited New Hampshire last week. He did not act or dress "gay". From what I saw, he's a competent, hard-working fellow.

I never made any comment about the quality of his choice. I simply pointed out a fact. However, now that you mention it, the pick is one more clue as a conservative observes Fred Thompson and puts the pieces together.

Not only did Santorum lose, he lost big. And if this guy was responsible for his campaign, it's no recommendation. It was a dumb campaign with nasty, sarcastic ads on Santorum's part that turned off the voters at the outset. Santorum never got any traction at all. He tried every issue he could come up with including, at the end, dire warnings that sounded like Churchill in the 30s. Nothing worked. Casey barely campaigned and fumbled in the debates but still won, I think by about 20 percentage points.

As I said when all the Fred Frenzy started here on FR about two months ago... SLOW DOWN, TAKE A DEEP BREATH, examine the man's voting record versus position papers, and then take a DAMN good look at both his senior campaign advisors and his campaign donors. Do NOT place a priority on his campaign rhetoric. I would say this about all presidential candidates. In a very short time, you will see if we will get a true conservative on economic and social issues, or whether we get George W. Bush again for four, maybe eight years.

In the past I have hired one or two people who were lesbian or homosexual, because they were best qualified for the jobs in question, and because they were not committed to gay activism. If this guy is good at his job and is not a gay activist, then I don't see that it's really relevant.

I don't think there is anybody in the field other than Fred that is a conservative who can win. Everyone else is either a mental case or a liberal or is not electable. Thompson can be the next Reagan, just puzzled by his hiring a homosexual to be his press spokesman. If the guy has an adviser role and is not the voice of the White House in a Thompson Administration that would be the best for all concerned.

"He's been working with the GOP since the early 90s. If it was OK then, why the big deal now?"

Because it looks bad. Even if this man is not an activist, it looks bad. For Senator Thompson to look correct to the base (moral conservatives) he needs to avoid anything that makes him look two faced. Rudy's homophilic attitudes make him unacceptable (along with being a baby killer and gun grabber). Senator Thompson must avoid ANY appearance that he approves of the homosexual lifestyle. His appeal to and excitment generated in the base will go down the tube quickly if he isn't a little more circumspect in whom serves on his staff. Just as in the military, once exposed as a homosexual, you are no longer suitable for service. The same is true of a presidential candidate's staff -- if the candidate wants to appear to be a full fledged conservative. Otherwise, his will just be another "also--ran."

It just is a plain stupid move. There are plenty of other personnel out there that can serve -- without homosexual tendencies.

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OMG, I can't believe that there are people like this. I always wonder where they exist, but then I realize that I don't know all that many of my neighbors, and I wouldn't be surprised if a few of these people were in the unincorporated land between three small towns in central Indiana.

Great post, Pam!

We're glad to have you on the site, Pam! The Freeper quotes you come up with always make me want to both laugh and cry.

i'm so sick of these faggit neocons. good job exposing them. it's not the hugest thing to identify a campaign worker, but it's something. i've got too many union guys talking shit about how the dems are the party for fruits and traitors.

well, the repugnics ain't "patriots" except for israel and they aren't any less fruity than the dems. they're just lying to the hayseeds to get their votes.

the repugnics are just a bunch of closet aids cases and bulldykes when it comes down to the party leadership. think of the class-traitor tammy bruce. good riddance.