Another One Bites
And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust
What can you say? Ted Arthur Haggard, leader of the 30 million strong National Association of Evangelicals, has apparently been enjoying monthly trysts with male prostitute Mike Jones. Two Republican peccadilloes in as many months...it's a little hard to swallow. This is a particularly unsavory offense as Mr. Haggard's main platform is anti-gay marriage.
Which is not to say, of course, that he had any such intentions on Mr. Jones. Not that that would mitigate the egregiousness of the liason, mind you. But somehow, the wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am nature of the hook-up is even less savory. I mean, Newt and others who have had paramours have at least had the good graces to make their partner honest, via marriage. Mr. Haggard's platform would preclude that possibility.
In fairness to Mr Haggard, no doubt more haggard by this particular revelation, he claims that this was simply a Rocky Mountain high, hailing as he does from the peaks of Colorado Springs. Just a bit of meth and a massage. Moreover, though tempted by the methamphetamine, Mr. Haggard claims that he did not partake, borrowing no doubt from the playbook of I-did-not-inhale Clinton; no mention is made of swallowing, however. It is nice that there is at least bipartisan ass-covering, no pun intended.
To his credit, Mr. Haggard chose a partner commensurate in age--Mr. Jones being 49, Mr. Haggard 50, so there would be little one-upmanship there. Mr. Jones, the alleged male escort, said he came out about "Art" (Haggard) because he was angry when he found out that Haggard preached against gay marriage while, "going behind the scenes having gay sex." Jones further said that he was not recommended by any concierge, as Haggard has suggested, but rather, that he would have been found on a gay website or in a gay publication. So Haggard was not tricked into the trick, or the treat, as it were.
It's reported that much of Mr. Haggard's mega-congregation stands behind him, as he's been so up-front about the affair.