Kagan's friends step forward to squelch gay rumors
Worried that weeks of rumors were turning into a major distraction, the White House is finally pushing back on all the speculation about Elena Kagan's love life. She's not gay, one of the Supreme Court nominee's best friends tells Politico reporter Ben Smith.
Administration officials hope the testimonials of Sarah Walzer and other Kagan friends will quiet speculation about the nominee's sexual orientation fanned by blogger Andrew Sullivan. In March, blogger Ben Domenech raised the same issue, referring to Kagan as "openly gay" in a post later removed by CBS News' online commentary syndicate after protests from the White House over the "smear."
The speculation was clearly fueling wider public interest as well. Yahoo! statistics indicate that 15 percent of computer searches on Kagan focused on her personal life, with the majority of those targeting her sexual orientation and marital status. And on Google, phrases like "Elena Kagan gay" and "Elena Kagan personal life" were among the top trending searches.
Walzer, a Kagan pal since they roomed together at Harvard Law School in the mid-'80s, told Ben Smith that Kagan is definitely not a lesbian.
"I know she's straight," Walzer said. "She dated men when we were in law school, we talked about men — who in our class was cute, who she would like to date, all of those things. She definitely dated when she was in D.C. after law school, when she was in Chicago — and she just didn't find the right person."
And former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who knew Kagan during her undergrad days at Princeton, emailed Smith to note helpfully that "I did not go out with her, but other guys did."
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Administration officials hope the testimonials of Sarah Walzer and other Kagan friends will quiet speculation about the nominee's sexual orientation fanned by blogger Andrew Sullivan.
Still I find that if she is a lesbian is nothing wrong with telling, why the secrecy.
Then again the religious right will have a fit on this one.
Originally posted by argentus
Do we go through this little sexuality dance with each and every candidate? No, we do not. If we did, would that be a good thing? I don't think so.
Originally posted by Luca Brasi
reply to post by Annee
Well do you see the difference. Sarah Palin was honest about her orientation and proud of her family. Kagan on the other hand is lying about her orientation and shameful of it.