Outraged: Mike Rogers Interview

If there’s such a thing as a gay superhero, Mike Rogers just might be it.  (Our research department has yet to determine whether he wears the tights, however.)  Rogers’ blog (blog.blogactive.com) and investigative work were the inspiration behind the 2009 documentary Outrage, which told the stories of several closeted politicians who were actively promoting anti-gay legislation. We asked Rogers to give us his thoughts on former RNC chairman Ken Mehlman’s coming out, as well as the current Senate campaign by Charlie Crist. Want to hear Rogers’ opinion on FOX News’ Bill “Is-He-Or-Isn’t-He” Hemmer? You’ll have to listen to the full interview to find out.

KEN MEHLMAN COMES OUT, BUT DC HAS KNOWN FOR YEARS

“This is no shock in washington that Ken Mehlman is gay….This has been a well-known secret in Washington DC.  I reported on this four years ago.”

WHEN ASHBURN MET MEHLMAN

“Here’s a man who did exactly what Ken Mehlman did for many many years….Any time anybody comes out and is able to say I’m gay, this is a good thing.  Someone like Ken Mehlman has been so heinous when you look at what he has done…There’s so much that he should be atoning for….and someone like Roy Ashburn of course will come to the defense of a Ken Mehlman because he’s really coming to the defense of himself….I’m glad to see that Ashburn has his changed ways, but Ken Mehlman has some answering to do.”

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KEN’S THREE-PART ROAD TO REDEMPTION

“I list the three things that Ken Mehlman can do to show he is really sincere.  One, actually apologize…and put that up on YouTube so it is a real accessible apology….Second, he should have to spend some time with people who were affected negatively by the campaign.  Maybe with a woman whose partner lay dying as she couldn’t see her because of discrimination laws, or maybe the parents of a teenager who took his own life….And then finally, you know, these people who get to keep all of these ill-gotten gains, it’s unbelievable to me how people give them a pass….You’re doing this now not because you care, but because you want to write the book…and without the book doesn’t come the TV…and without the TV doesn’t come the speaking tour.”

THE MEDIA PACT

“It’s what I call the pact of protection.  In which politicians protect the media and the media protects politicians.  So the media knows what’s going on.  Who owns all these places?  Everyone’s biased. If CNN leaves that in [Bill Maher outing Ken Mehlman on Larry King Live], then they will be denied the big guests.”

CHARLIE CRIST: NO MORALS

“Charlie Crist is a very interesting individual.  He will say what he has to say, when he has to say it, to keep one thing happening — and that’s to keep Charlie Crist in power.  He really has no morals….He will change the topic in the same day….He’s known for that left and right.”

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