Scott Toomey, Madison Gay Pride Group, And The Herman Cain Campaign


Hat tip to Rolf.

Anti-gay bigot, Herman Cain, and his confused gay advisor Scott Toomey. 

The reason I find Toomey a confused and perhaps even self-loathing man will soon be shown in this post.

I wonder if idling my mind would allow me to create scenarios anywhere as interesting as the ones that actually play out in the political world.  My plotting is rather good, but when I heard the news today about the Herman Cain presidential campaign I just had to shrug and stick to reading the newspapers.

Facing concerns from supporters in Iowa, Herman Cain’s presidential campaign tried to conceal the role of a top adviser who had been ousted as leader of a gay pride group in Wisconsin amid a financial scandal, a former staffer has alleged in legal testimony.

Now right away one has to ask why anyone with a complete brain stem would go from working for Madison Pride, a gay-rights advocacy organization, to then accept a job as a top advisor to Herman Cain, who is perhaps one of the more bizarre anti-gay wack-a-doodles seeking  fame.

There is no way to know what motivated Scott Toomey concerning his decision to work for someone who is intent on undermining gay progress in America.  Perhaps it was money, and that I find to be a totally unethical rationale to accept, as there is no way to redeem oneself after a sell-out of that kind.  Equally sad would be a deep sense of self-loathing within Toomey that would not allow himself to be who he is, a gay man. 

There is no good way to spin this story.  For anyone.

The alleged cover-up centers around the role of Scott Toomey, treasurer of Cain’s political action committee and senior political adviser thorugh May. Hall wrote that Toomey’s sexual orientation and allegations of misconduct in his role as treasurer of the Madison Pride Board, which hosted an annual parade in Wisconsin’s capital, “had become an issue” for several Cain supporters.

Madison Pride said in 2008 that its board removed Toomey as treasurer after learning bills related to its 2007 event had not been paid and discovering other “financial discrepancies” that it said Toomey had failed to report. The group apologized to its supporters, was forced to scale back its 2008 event and eventually folded.

“It was in the paper that he was the person responsible for that financial mess,” recalled Steve Starkey, a Madison gay rights activist who knew Toomey.

Starkey said Toomey moved to Florida and “went underground” after the scandal. He said his research later found that Toomey’s promotional company also had been accused in court of not paying vendors. Toomey filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and reported more than $20,000 in pending legal judgments against him from companies and a credit union, court records show.

Toomey declined comment Tuesday by e-mail.

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