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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Former US Representative Gerry Studds Dies

Studds, 1st Openly Gay Congressman, Dies
BOSTON (AP) - Former Rep. Gerry Studds, who became the first openly gay member of Congress when his homosexuality was exposed during a teenage page sex scandal, died early Saturday. He was 69.
Gerry Studds (D-MA) was censured by the House of Representatives in 1983 for having sex with an underage page. Of course that was back when the Democrats were in control of Congress so young page poking was just a personal, private, lifestyle choice; like cigars and chubby interns. After he was censured, Studds got standing ovations from his fellow Democrats. Now that he's dead they're still praising their "intergen relationship" hero.

Reaction To The Death Of Former U.S. Rep. Gerry Studds

"Gerry's leadership changed Massachusetts forever and we'll never forget him. His work on behalf of our fishing industry and the protection of our waters has guided the fishing industry into the future and ensured that generations to come will have the opportunity to love and learn from the sea. He was a steward of the oceans." - U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.
Steward of the Oceans? Who the hell wrote that line?
"Gerry was a stalwart champion of New England's fishing families as well as a committed environmentalist who worked hard to demonstrate that the cause of working people and the cause of the environment go hand in hand with the right leadership. When he retired from Congress, he did not retire from the cause, continuing to fight for the fishing industry and New England's environmental causes. - U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
He was an environmentalist extraordinare. Whatever.
"I am very saddened by the death of Gerry Studds. From his days in the early 1970s as an articulate and effective opponent of the Vietnam war, through his consistent leadership on environmental issues, to his insistence that the U.S. government stop ignoring the AIDS crisis, Gerry was a forceful advocate for causes that were not always popular and that were consequently shunned by many politicians." - U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.
Of course given his era, he was a Vietnam War opponent and he worked to stop the AIDS crisis. Still, I wonder if, by "advocate for causes that were not always popular," Barney meant underage page poking? I've always thought Barney was more of a "Moonbat Madam" kinda Democrat.

Look, let's not sugar coat it my Liberal friends. Studds was a pervert who molested a young page, if IMs had been around he damn sure would have used them. He insulted the Congress by turning his back on them while they were giving him a lawful censure. He refused to admit he did anything wrong by taking advantage of an underage boy. Studds should be no liberal idol. He should be allowed to fade into obscurity as just another amoral Congressman.

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