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The Gop's Gay Purge

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Here's an interesting tidbit buried at the end of Kevin Naff's exclusive
Washington Blade piece on Jeff Trandahl, the former clerk of the
House of Representatives who says he confronted Mark Foley "dozens" of times
about his inappropriate behavior towards pages:

He said he had long planned to retire after 20 years of government service
and noted that his departure was set well before the scandal broke. Trandahl
thanked former House Speakers Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and Newt Gingrich
(R-Ga.) and current Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for supporting him
during his tenure in the House. But he said former Rep. Tom DeLay
(R-Texas) had long sought to oust him from the job because he is openly
gay.

Looks like the GOP's attempts to purge gays extends to more areas of public
life than just the military.

--James Kirchick

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