Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is the subject of Deborah Soloman's latest column in The New York Times magazine. Two weeks ago Solomon published that lackluster interview with NAACP's Benjamin Jealous, this week she makes up for it with some interesting questions on the color-coded terror alert system, the right-wing extremism report Napolitano was forced to walk back ... oh and those persistent lesbian rumors.
Men don’t know what to make of women
who choose to be single. Rumors of lesbianism have dogged women in
politics like you, Condoleezza Rice and Ann Richards.
Right. I think the more people get to know a person, the less that becomes an issue. It’s interesting. In Arizona when I first ran for public office, that’s when the rumors were going around, and of course I’m sure they go around now.
In 2002, during your gubernatorial campaign, you publicly denied rumors that you were a lesbian.
I just happen not to be married.
Are you seeing anybody now?
Yes, my staff.
This is the first time in memory that Secretary Janet Napolitano was publicly asked about the rumors by the mainstream news media. But quite the diplomatic response, no?
(via AMERICAblog Gay)