Florida's gay governor Charlie Crist seems to have a girlfriend:
For months, Gov. Charlie Crist has insisted that New York socialite Carol Rome is just "a friend," but Tuesday night at a soiree in the Governor's Mansion, he introduced her as "my girlfriend," says the Tallahassee Democrat, which snapped the picture above.
The always fab Howie Klein insists that Crist didn't mean it "in the gay sense" and wonders if there's any connection between this development and rumors that McCain is thinking of Crist as a VP nom.
It's interesting to me the way that some queers use the closet to have access to power (even though they're doing it less so every day), and, considering the unstable nature of discourse and the fact that the closet is a discursive creation, it's fun to watch it play out in this situation.
Do I think that McCain will pick Crist as a VP? Not at all. He's going to pick a white, Protestant male with more Religious Right cred than he has and is completely heterosexual, and not in the Ted Haggard sense. Crist fails the last two.
But I think that if McCain did, then Crist's secret would be safe with the press, considering their penchant for criticizing gay men's sex lives more than straight men's, their assumption that a gay man who strives to remain quiet about his sex life is as good as straight, and their near-psychotic bias in favor of McCain.
Either way, I'd love to know what Crist is thinking here. He already won a statewide office in Florida - what's he trying to prove?