Gay Republican Outed, Resigns
Republican U.S. Rep. Edward L. Schrock abruptly announced Monday that he will not seek a third term, citing unspecified allegations that have “called into question” his ability to serve. Schrock said in a five-paragraph statement that he has “come to the realization that these allegations will not allow my campaign to focus on the real issues facing our nation.” The release said he would not comment further on his decision, nor did he comment specifically on the allegations.
Schrock’s decision leaves the Republicans scrambling to field another candidate to oppose Democrat David B. Ashe in the conservative district, which includes Norfolk and the resort city of Virginia Beach. “Wow. I had not heard that. That’s really something,” said Ashe, a lawyer, in a telephone interview. Schrock, 63, a retired Navy officer and Vietnam veteran, was elected to the seat in a 2000 Republican sweep of Virginia in an area that is home to the world’s largest U.S. naval base.
In January 2001, Schrock was elected president of the Republican House freshman class and landed a seat on the House Armed Services Committee.
Hat tip: Jeff Quinton
Daily Kos reports:
According to BlogActive, Rep. Ed Schrock, R-VA-2, co-sponsor of the Federal Marriage Amendment, uses the MegaMates telephone dating service to hook up with gay men for sex.
I find the idea of “outing” people for political purposes repugnant. Still, when the “outie” is running on a family values ticket and supporting a ban on gay marriage, it’s hard to find much sympathy for him if the charges are in fact true. It has to be devastating for the wife and kids, however.