Didn\'t want to put this on Peter Stern\'s wonderful answer to Mr O\'Connor\'s energy letter, but Mr. O\'Connor was the one rumoured to be having an affair with Rick Perry, at which time Anita Perry was said to be threatening divorce.
The Chronicle also pointed out how last year Perry signed the "Defense of Marriage Act," the Texas Legislature\'s "latest gratuitous demonstration that it believes gay and lesbian Texans deserve fewer rights than other citizens." The rumors have become stronger as Bush and other Republicans push for a Constitutional amendment to ensure that no gay couple marries.
The Chronicle\'s story mentioned how Perry and his wife spent Presidents Day weekend in the Bahamas with major political donors James and Cecelia Leininger and John and Bobbi Nau. The official story on this was it was a "working trip" paid for by "campaign funds" to discuss "public school finance." As the Chronicle pointed out, "That is, during a luxury retreat in the Bahamas, the governor discussed "public school finance" with a group of wealthy right-wing activists who have done everything in their power to undermine, or even abolish, public education."
Besides the gay aspect of the Perry-O\'Connor story, it\'s also pretty incestuous for Perry to have spent Bahama time with the Leiningers.
The story is at click here. Here is a photo of the "support Perry" rally.
Meanwhile, a blog written by Wick Allison, publisher/editor of D Magazine, a mainstream city magazine, mentioned that Geoff Connor, Perry\'s secretary of state and alleged playmate, threatened to track down the source of the rumor and sue. Republicans have blamed a Democratic operative in Houston.
A politically-connected attorney in Texas told me he has known about Perry\'s gay side since the 1980s. And two district judges in Odessa told him that the rumor was always there when they served in the Legislature with Perry.
I don\'t care if he is gay or bi or whatever, what\'s appalling is the hypocrisy involved - Perry is going around condemning gays and signing laws against them in public while possibly doing something different in private.
Update: 2011- Perry getting ready to address those gay rumours. I say, just like Obama was hounded about his birth certificate, let's get Geoff O'Connor out to meet the press and lay this to rest, NOT through a statement, but in front of people who ask questions. Because we all KNOW here in Texas that Perry is not a truthful person.Just ask anyone about his stance on the Trans Texas Corridor and taking away people's private property through eminent domain. Or trying to force STD shots on little girls. Ten Things You PRobably Don't Know About Rick Perry.
P.P.S Did you know that Perry was a cheerleader at A&M?
Update: 2011- Apparently wondering about Rick Perry's gayness is a top Google search.
AND Politico says today, August 13, 2011 that the Perry campaign is getting ready to talk about it.
I kind of laugh about this.
"As you may know, Rick and Anita Perry first met in grade school, went on their first date together in 1966, have been lovingly married since 1982 and are parents to two grown children," said top Perry strategist Dave Carney. "This kind of nameless, faceless smear campaign is run against the Perry family in seemingly every campaign, with no basis, truth or success.
What was it that Larry Craig said when he was caught with is wide stance? Or Ted Haggard, who, incidentally, was partners with one of Rick Perry's cult people, C Peter Wagner at The Response? Oh yeah
Bwahahah> Juanita Jean on How Rick Perry is Not Gay\
Nope, he’s not gay. He said so. Georg Rekers, Larry Craig, and Ted Haggard aren’t gay either, because they said so. And that alabama preacher who died at home wearing two wetsuits and rubber underwear wasn’t gay either. He just really, really liked himself a lot. Kinda like Rick.