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Nativist Leader Suspects GOP Senator Being Blackmailed By Dems

By Sonia Scherr on April 20, 2010 - 8:14 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

Nativist leader William Gheen routinely demonizes undocumented immigrants, whom he portrays as violent, disease-ridden criminals.

Now he’s targeting Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), saying the longtime Washington politician should acknowledge that he’s gay. “The national border security organization known as Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) [Gheen’s group] is officially calling for [Graham] to make his homosexual lifestyle public knowledge in the interest of political integrity and national security,” Gheen wrote in a news release today.

Graham, a 54-year-old bachelor, has previously denied rumors that he’s gay. Though it’s difficult to see how his sexual orientation relates to national border security, Gheen claims the link is perfectly clear: Graham could be collaborating with Democrats on immigration reform because they’re using his sexuality to blackmail him. “Graham is gay and while many people in South Carolina and Washington D.C. know that, the general public and Graham’s constituents do not,” he wrote. “I personally do not care about Graham’s private life, but in this situation his desire to keep this a secret may explain why he is doing a lot of political dirty work for others who have the power to reveal his secrets. Sen. Graham needs to come out of the closet inside that log cabin so that the public can rest assured he is not being manipulated with his secret.”

Gheen, 41, made similar statements on Saturday at a Tea Party protest in front of a cheering crowd in Greenville, S.C. “Sen. Graham, you need to come forward and tell people about your alternative lifestyle and your homosexuality,” he said. “I need to figure out why you’re trying to sell out your own countrymen and I need to make sure you being gay isn’t it.” For a while, the keyword tags to a video of his remarks on YouTube included “fag” and “queer”; Gheen denied using those words, saying they were the work of an unidentified hacker. They have since been removed.

Gheen’s comments about Graham’s sexuality have been covered heavily in the blogosphere. They’ve also led talk radio host Lou Dobbs to call for Gheen’s resignation on Twitter. Dobbs, formerly a darling of Gheen, lost favor last November after he told Telemundo interviewer Maria Celeste that “we need the ability to legalize illegal immigrants under certain conditions.” Gheen is scheduled to appear on Dobbs’ show tomorrow afternoon.

  • mountaingirl08

    Per aol news, Just this afternoon there is report of another anti-gay basher , co-founder of Family Research Council, Baptist Rev. Geo. Alan Rekers spotted at Miami airport w. a male escort Rekers found on
    Rekers said he hired the young man who advertises his activities at that site to help his carry his luggage. If that isn’t one the lamest, dumbest explanations ever.
    Why doesn’t Rekers just come out of the closet? Is he afraid his career among homophobes will be over? I personally don’t care if he’s gay, but I find it intolerable that the jerk attacks and persecutes ppl. That’s when his gayness becomes an issue, his hypocrisy.

  • mountaingirl08

    What does Graham’s gender pref. have to do w. border & national security? Maybe we should start checking out Gheen’s closet and maybe call him out.

  • skinnyminny

    Gheen’s name is mentioned throughout Arizona! This is one reason I don’t trust republicans, they always resort to blackmail themselves. I don’t live in Graham’s district, but make no mistake in the matter, most of us in big cities knew it already, at the very least suspected it. For Gheen to try to blackmail, libel and defame Graham is another story – Gheen should know this to publicly embarass/harass in the name of politics doesn’t always get to intended results.

    Interesting how the republicans can cover-up, and be hypocrites in the name of votes! Oh yeah, these value voters in the name of Reagan – they most definitely will ‘speak ill of another republican’ if it will help them win an election!

    Will I ever trust another republican again? No, No Never!!!!They covered up or at least in the name of keeping republicans in power Mark Foley, Mark Sanford, Mike Ensign, Mike Huckabee, Larry Craig……and now John McCain!

  • Alan Aardman

    Shouldn’t this be posted under “Anti-Gay” or a similar category as well?

  • IludiumPhosdex

    How exactly do homosexuals, particularly where positions of power, confidence and trust are involved, pose clear and present danger to National Safety and Integrity (let alone Our Antient and Peculiar Sovereignty and Sovereign Identity)?

  • Difluoroethane

    Gheen’s latest attack on Lindsey Graham is, quite literally, below-the-belt.

  • TexasGomer

    Never heard of Gheen, thank God. He sounds like an unsavory lot to me. Dobbs and Gheen on race and gender sounds like mutual masturbation. If Dobbs does not dress down Gheen, they will probably throw him Dobbs out of the Republican party if they haven’t already. Gheen probably won’t care. He seems to have the verbal philosophy of a suicide bomber.