Suddenly Last Summer
September 19, 2007 10:59 AM Subscribe
A gay Republican news story
that you probably didn't read about in the paper: In late August, Ralph Gonzalez
--Republican strategist, former Georgia GOP executive director, and "political powerhouse
(along with his roommate, David Abrami, another Republican political consultant) by Gonzalez' "friend" and former Marine Jason Robert Drake. Characterized as the result of a "lovers' quarrel," it's a bizarre crime story that should've made at least a ripple in the national news, given some other recent incidents
. But it never did.
While Gonzalez wasn't a politician himself, he had some high-powered (and controversial) clients/associates. Like the spectacularly corrupt Florida Rep. Tom Feeney.
Gonzalez was a long-time pal of Ralph Reed,
of Christian Coalition/Jack Abramoff fame. He also orchestrated an "Adam and Steve"
smear campaign for an Alabama State House election. Yet allegedly it wasn't even a secret Gonzalez was gay.
And who was Jason Robert Drake? Ex-military, campaign volunteer
Virginia Rep. Patrick McHenry (who isn't a stranger to unsavory company
himself), and purported rough trade. Sound familiar?