Now I've only been writing the Closeted Countdown for three months, but in that time 4 Republicans have been outed, these are their stories:
- The first was John Smid the founder of the oldest "Ex-Gay" Ministry in the country. And his case is really the poster child for why I write the Closeted Countdown. It is not to mock them, or even out of some sense of schadenfreude, but rather because once out of the closet they change. John Smid now argues for gay rights in the evangelical community.
- Republican former Arapohoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan got caught trading meth for gay prostitutes and now lives in the County Jail that bears his name.
- New Jersey Mayor Chris Myers got caught hiring a gay prostitute and has since resigned.
- Tennessee Mayor Greg Davis got caught using City funds to buy sex toys from a Canadian Adult Superstore for gay men. He's currently riding out the scandal.
Now so far we've been averaging one outed elected official or Religious Right leader every 3 weeks, which would suggest that in 2012 we should get another 17-18. But it's an election year and I'm feeling lucky, so I'm betting on 25. Your guesses for both the number and highest office held in 2012 in the comments. Closest guess gets a prize next year.