• Democratic Lawmaker Caught with Pants Down at Rest Stop

    Kerry Gauthier is a first-term Minnesota state representative  from Duluth who advertised on Craigslist for a "no strings attached" encounter. After he admitted to having oral sex with a 17-year-old boy in the bushes of a truck stop, police declined to bring charges because the boy was older than 16, Minnesota's  age of consent, and no money was exchanged. Ho-hum.

    What makes this story different from the usual man blows boy story? For once, the lawmaker is a Democrat

    A Minnesota Democrat who had a rest-stop sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy dropped his re-election bid Wednesday, hours after declaring he would stay in the race in defiance of party leaders who wanted him out as they fight to regain control of the state Legislature.

    Rep. Kerry Gauthier, 56, told The Associated Press the decision was his own after multiple conversations with Democratic leaders pressing him to withdraw. He said he had been going back and forth about running "every 20 minutes for a week."

    C'mon universe, where is the homophobic, family-values hypocrisy angle that makes these stories more than merely sad? Where does the news cycle get off leaving us without a cautionary tale of self-hating projection?

    The Rev. Grant Storms, the former "Christian patriot" pastor whose marches against homosexuality at New Orleans' Southern Decadence festival briefly put him in the national spotlight, was convicted of obscenity Wednesday, for exposing himself while masturbating at Lafreniere Park last year. In his confession, he described public masturbation as "a thrill," but authorities debunked suspicions that he was a pedophile.

    Oh, there we go. It gets off at a children's playground.


    Tags: Louisiana, Minnesota, Sex, State Legislature

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