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August 13, 2004

Perry Isn't Gay (I Don't Think)

By Andrew Dobbs

Alright, enough is enough. I know that we kind of got our name in the world of blogging by reporting (not creating, not even promoting, but simply reporting) on the the rumors that were swirling around the governor's sexuality earlier this year. At the time it seemed like a lot of really well-placed sources were saying the same things- Perry was sleeping with Geoff Connor, he was going to resign, Anita was going to leave him. As a result, we did what we do and we reported on them.

Now I'm not so sure. I don't know if Perry is gay or not- I suppose only Perry and anyone he has slept with would know that for sure (and I haven't slept with him, to my knowledge). But it appears that what happened was a very well coordinated whisper campaign orchestrated by someone aligned with Carole Strayhorn's office. The only thing more despicable, in my estimation, than a gay person hiding their sexuality and scoring political points off of discriminating against their own people would be to score political points off of people's bigotry by cowardly suggesting that your political opponents are gay. I don't know which is true but to be on the safe side, don't vote for either of them.

The rumor gained traction I believe because the governor is a fairly private man and that means that there isn't much conviction that he is certainly straight, he is attractive and very attentive of his physical appearance (which is often stereotyped as "gay") and for a long time was known to be something of a wild child- his carnal appetites were well-known. Throw all of this together and it creates fertile ground for a rumor. Get some well-connected capitol staffers talking and the small world that is the Austin political scene is running rampant with a rumor. Karl Rove did a similar thing to Ann Richards in 1994, suggesting she was a lesbian.

So now that I've said that, the jokes are still funny but they are inaccurate. I doubt that Perry is gay and I suspect the worst of his political opponents. So please, don't expect me to be the one to beat this dead horse any further.

Posted by Andrew Dobbs at August 13, 2004 05:23 PM | TrackBack


I'm pretty much in agreement with Andrew on this one. I'm not ashamed of any posts I had on the topic this Spring - what we did, I believe, was wholly appropriate given the situation. But, as far as I'm concerned, there's been nothing to suggest the rumors we posted were true, and there's been plenty to suggest that the rumors were part of a smear campaign orchestrated by enemies of the governor within the Republican party. But as far as I'm concerned, the issue is dead, and it's all fine as far as jokes go, but in terms posts on this blog goes - it's over as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by: Byron L at August 13, 2004 09:39 PM

Don't you guys get it? You can't claim legitimacy, rightness in promoting a rumor, and not be absolved if it is untrue.

What the hell are they teaching you down there in Austin?

Posted by: Keith G at August 15, 2004 08:07 AM
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