Cliff Kincaid, of the right-wing media watchdog organization Accuracy in Media, has joined the group of right-wing elites trying to blame the Mark Foley scandal on an imagined gay cabal within the Republican Party. The following is from a column Kincaid published today:
As I contended during an interview on the public television program NOW, the Republicans have only themselves to blame for this scandal. House leaders permitted homosexuals to infiltrate and manipulate the party apparatus while they publicly postured as friends of family values and traditional marriage. The facade is now in ruins. The press can’t be blamed for seizing on a real and legitimate story.
The Foley-Hastert scandal, according to Kincaid, is the result of the House Republican leadership’s subservience to a dedicated and crafty network of gay Republicans “working behind-the-scenes to sabotage a conservative pro-family agenda in the Congress.” Kincaid suggests that Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert’s refusal to resign might be evidence that this alleged secret network of closeted Republicans reaches into the highest positions of leadership:
For the sake of honest and open government, not to mention protection of the children, the secret Capitol Hill homosexual network must be exposed and dismantled. But only Republican leaders can do that. Their failure to do so suggests that the network may go higher and deeper—and have more power—than even the New York Times article indicated.