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Politician Comes Out, Outs Opponent

Politician Comes Out, Outs Opponent


Things have gotten ugly between Glendale, Calif., city council candidate Mike Mohill and incumbent John Drayman.

Last week, during a city council meeting, Drayman announced to the room that Mohill had been arrested three times, twice in the 1980s for soliciting lewd acts in a public place.

According to the Montrose Patch, Mohill slouched and shrugged, then walked out of the meeting. He returned later, and the meeting continued, but Mohill refused to comment on the accusations.

Tuesday night, he responded, saying he has been married since 1977, he is gay, and that the two charges brought against him in the '80s for solicitation of lewd acts were the product of him having "gay sex in public."

He said his wife has known he is gay since the arrests and that the two maintain a "marriage in which we share a powerful affection and respect for each other."

He then went on to rail against Drayman, blaming him for making this campaign "personal" rather than "public." He then went on to say Drayman "reputed to be gay himself."

"I would hope this statement would satisfy ... lewd curiosity," Mohill said in a statement. "I'm not so naive as to believe this statement, as agonizing as it [is], will not severely hurt my election chances. How badly, only time will tell."

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