Glen Maxey, the first openly gay elected to the Texas legislature, has been getting all sorts of gay newspaper and blog attention for a salacious, rumor-based e-book alleging that GOP presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry is secretly gay. Maxey wrote the book with Jason Cherkis of the Huffington Post - though Maxey charges that the HuffPo spiked the book under pressure from AOL.
Saturday The Daily Beast made mincemeat of Maxey's arguments. Here's an excerpt:
Having not quite gotten the smoking gun, Maxey also relies heavily on innuendo to make his case. For example, what's up with those teeny jogging shorts Perry's always wearing? This Maxey finds very suspicious. He also hears the governor shaves his legs and arms! What's up with that?
Unsurprisingly, Maxey can be a little naïve about why The Huffington Post spiked the story. He complains almost relentlessly about how much work went into it - at least two months and heaps of interviews with hundreds of people around the state capital - as if this alone should give HuffPo the impetus to publish his account. He doesn't seem to understand what hearsay is, and when confronted about this, says simply, "I'm not a journalist."
Continues after the break.