Longtime readers of Rod 2.0 may remember the outrageous story of Robert Traynnham from 2005. Traynham, who is Black, was serving as Communications Director for one of the leading anti-gay voices in Washington: Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum. Traynham and was outed as gay man by Mike Rogers.
When pressed on whether he supported the Senator's stands on lesbian and gay issues, Mr. Traynham abruptly ended the phone call by saying "Senator Santorum is a family man. I have been with Senator Santorum for eight years and I am very proud to be with him."
Santorum later issued a statement supporting his gay staffer, claiming that he "treats people equally, with dignity and respect."
Traynham is still defending his former boss. The Black gay Republican communications strategist—who has also worked at the National Republican Senatorial Committee—appeared on Hardball to explain Santorum's extreme positions. Santorum has campaigned on seeking to reinstate "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and invalidating same-sex marriages.
Traynham says he "doesn't know" Santorum's position on DADT but "fundamentally doesn't agree" with his position on marriage. Traynham adds that he has "never ever" heard his former boss utter a gay slur. "Rick's not extreme," said Traynham.
Keep telling yourself that, hon. Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP ...