Bil Browning

Republican Manhunt Chairman canned

Filed By Bil Browning | August 15, 2008 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Media, Politics
Tags: election 2008, John McCain, Jonathan Crutchley, Larry Basile, Manhunt, Republican scandal

Towleroad has confirmed that Jonathan Crutchley, the Republican co-founder of Manhunt, the nation's largest gay hookup site, has been asked to resign by the board. The resulting brouhaha over his contribution to the John McCain campaign - the maximum allowed by federal law - turned into a boycott of the site.

The site's co-founder, a Democrat, has donated to the Obama campaign for President.

The site released the following statement late last night:


"There has been a depiction this week of MANHUNT being Republican. All my life, I have never voted to the right, and have always been generous to 20th Century Democrats, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, HRC, and the NGLTF.

"I was arrested at the Supreme Court and FDA in Act-Up actions, and was the founder of the Grass Roots Gay Rights Fund, which over the years has raised more than $800K. I was the Treasurer of Out Week magazine, which was a powerful force in its time. I began giving Obama donations in March 2007, and I have sent several checks that have yet to be reported. The hat and t-shirt I wear say 'Obama for President', as does the sign in front of my house. I refuse to live in a country that is so marred by war and hate. To me, Barak [sic] is by far the best candidate, probably better than we deserve.

"It should be known that Jonathan Crutchley's donation to McCain left the entire Board in disbelief. I am disappointed that we have lost some customers, and I understand the anger. It is too bad for the web site if we lose customers, but PLEASE never refer to me as a Republican. I consider it an offense.

"Earlier today, at the request of the Board, Jonathan has stepped down as Chairman.

Sincerely, Larry Basile."

Hat tip to Projector Nathanial, for the heads up.

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I don't know how I feel about this. On the one hand, it sucks of gay people were funding a man who donated to politicians they find offensive, on the other, it seems wrong to fire someone for their personal politics.

Wasn't he a co-owner? I'm sure he's getting a big check to do this.

Yes, he was one of the original investors and a co-owner. He still has his stock and he'll still make his ad revenue, etc. Don't feet too sorry for him.

Do remember... 'stepping down as chairman' != 'fired'

I doubt he's been fired. My guess is that he's still working for the company in another capacity.

Supposedly Crutchley has "seen the light" ... his donation was returned from McCain, and now he is supposedly giving the max amount to Obama, instead.

Call me a skeptic, but I don't believe he's "seen the light" at all -- I think this is all PR/damage control. AND I rather suspect Obama will return any donation from him as well.