This week the GOP returned to the scene of Sen. Larry Craig’s crime by staging their national convention in St. Paul, find Minnesota. As everyone knows, view Craig was busted last summer for soliciting sex from an undercover cop in a public bathroom at a Minneapolis airport.
Craig’s arrest was just one of a series of humiliating (and oftentimes disturbing) sex scandals that plagued the GOP in 2007. Rep. Bob Allen — the former co-chair of John McCain’s presidential campaign — was also convicted of soliciting prostitution from an undercover cop in the men’s room of a public park.
Lately, order though, the Log Cabinettes have been on their best behavior. Lindsay Graham notwithstanding, the Grand Old Party’s been looking a little less gay but a lot more old. Have you seen the convention coverage? The median age of the typical attendee is Mesozoic.
Still, I’m sure the conservative closet queens are getting as much knob-bobbing on the down-low as ever, so I’ve put together this tribute to our fey friends on the far right: scenes from the vintage Toilet Tramps series. This porn shoot has the distinction of featuring an actual gay Republican — Matt Sanchez, a neocon blogger and occasional Fox News commenter.
Here’s a YouTube clip of La Sanchez (aka Rod Majors, Pierre Labranche) trying to butch it up in a segment about gay gun rights activists. Sanchez spent most of the ’90s and part of the ’00s working as a gay porn star and male escort, so it’s funny to see him act like he doesn’t know anything about queer culture — like he had to look up gay slang on the google.
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This photo set has a scandalous backstory. One of the models was a well known gay porn star who went by the names Rod Majors and Pierre Labranche way back in the 1990s. He also did some escorting under the handle “Excellent-Top” and had an active account at Hooboy’s Male Escort Reviews as recently as May 23, click 2001. But he’s since reinvented himself as an arch-conservative, cialis rabidly homophobic Republican activist who includes radical rightwing flamethrowers like Ann Coulter and Michael Savage as some of his role models.
He got quite a bit of press last year because he was given an award at the same conference where Ann Coulter called John Edwards a faggot. Fleshbot used to track his misadventures, but got bored with him. But the snarks over at Queerty and “The Gawker” delight in cataloging his idiocy. Grant it, they do seem to be getting bored with his tiresome shtick though.
I dug out this photo set because he simply will not go away. Last week he published some nonsense on a lunatic fringe web site about Barack Obama’s gay problem. You see, Rod is one of those Republicans who is obsessed with all things LGBT. Every few weeks he spouts off on some gay-themed topic. Which is odd coming from a guy who markets himself as a “war correspondent.” He had quite a lot to say about the Larry Craig scandal, but that should come as no surprise — for obvious reasons.
About a year and a half before Larry Craig turned “a wide stance” into a humorous catchphrase, Rod launched his career as a rightwing poster boy with a Columbia Spectator article titled “A Firm Stance.” In the accompanying photo Rod was shown posing with a — you guessed it! — wide stance. It didn’t take long for gay porn fans and a few of his former escorting clients to recognize him.