In perhaps one of
the first aftershocks of the Mark Foley scandal,
Florida independent gubernatorial candidate Max Linn
publicly called for Charlie Crist, the
state's attorney general and Republican
gubernatorial candidate, to publicly acknowledge his
homosexuality on Wednesday, which was National
Coming Out Day.
out, come out from wherever you are," Linn said during
an interview on the south Florida television station WTFL.
He also intimated that it is common knowledge in
Tallahassee that Crist is gay, and Linn insisted he
has known about Crist's orientation for 25 years.
Though the Crist campaign declined to comment on Linn's
remarks, speculation on his sexual orientation has
persisted for years. In an August radio interview in
Miami, Crist denied he is gay: "The point is, I'm not.
There's the answer. How do you like it? Not that there's
anything wrong with that, as they say on Seinfeld.
But I just happen not to be."
In January 2005, Crist called in to a
radio show in an attempt to dampen gay rumors.
When the single 48-year-old was asked, "Are
you a homo?" by the announcer, Crist responded, "No,
man. No. I love women. I mean, they're wonderful,''
before going on to suggest that he's very
blessed for having something special that helps
him to attract the opposite sex.
Both Crist and
the Democratic candidate for governor, Jim Davis, oppose
same-sex marriage and adoption rights for gays. Crist has
said he would "allow" civil unions in Florida, and he
currently leads Davis 53% to 43% in public opinion
polls. (The Advocate)