Gay for Pay

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It's official: Ken Blackwell is totally obsessed with homos. Last week, the man who gave us the Defense of Marriage Act accused happily married opponent Ted Strickland of being a secret homo. The dive into the sewer began during a televised debate, when Blackwell revived an old story that a former Strickland aide was busted for indecent exposure. But the smear campaign was picked up by Ohio Republican spokesman John McClelland, who wondered aloud why Strickland's wife Frances stayed home during a campaign vacation attended by the aide. "Where was Frances?" McClelland reportedly asked the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Voters should be able to look at it and make their own decision. We're not going to sit here and say whether or not we think Ted Strickland has a certain preference. It's just not our business. Our job is to try to win elections." Translation: He's gay. It's not our business whether he's gay, but this has fag written all over it. Cough cough — Strickland's a homo! — cough cough! This left Strickland in the somewhat bizarre position of having to defend his marriage. "No, I am not gay, although it is none of their business in the first place,'' Strickland told the Enquirer. "I am married to Frances, a very wonderful woman, and have been for 18 years.'' We haven't seen such a chickenshit shot since Unfit for Command, the book that questioned John Kerry's military service. So it comes as no surprise that this latest shot comes courtesy of the same man. The Blackwell campaign circulated an Internet column containing the name of the former aide. And it turns out the column was written by Jerome Corsi — author of Unfit for Command and co-author of Blackwell's Rebuilding America. Punch wonders if Corsi and Blackwell are secret homosexual lovers. We're not going to say that they are — it's just not our business — we're just asking. — Kevin Hoffman

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