Whats good for the goose is good for the Gander, or so they say. My only reaction to this news is WOW!
U.S. Rep. Edward L. Schrock abruptly announced Monday that he will not seek a third term in Congress, citing unspecified allegations "that have called into question my ability" to serve.
In a five-paragraph news release issued by his office, Schrock said he has "come to the realization that these allegations will not allow my campaign to focus on the real issues facing our nation."
He continued: "Therefore, as of today, I am stepping aside and will no longer be the Republican nominee for Congress."
What were those unspecified allegations?
Well I had read about them a couple of days ago here but simply dismissed them as mere internet rumor mongering.
Congressman Ed Schrock has made a habit of rendezvousing with gay men via the MegaMates/ MegaPhone Line, an interactive telephone service on which men place ads and respond to those ads to meet each other. What makes this story more amazing? Congressman Schrock not only voted for the homophobic Marriage Protection Act, but he also signed on as a CO-SPONSOR of the Federal Marriage Amendment!
Ed Schrock has a voting record that the most right wing conservative would be proud of. The Christian Coalition gave him a 92% rating in their 2003 voting guide.
Now, I am no big fan of "outing" people. What they do in their bedroom is their own business. However, this IS pretty shocking, but sadly also stereotypical. Now, of course, Schrock could be Gay and also opposed to gay marriage as bad public policy (which I tend to believe) but he ought to have known his political enemies would uncover this scandal. . . especially on the heals of McGreevy. At least he has the good sense to resign before election day, and contrary to what Kos is reporting, I highly doubt that the Ds will ever be able to pick up this seat.
They've posted audio of his telephone calls here. This is not really work friendly or for the faint of heart.