Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist has been the subject of speculation for several years but on Wednesday a political opponent used National Coming Out Day to say he's known for years that Crist is gay.
Appearing on WFTL, a South Florida news-talk station, independent gubernatorial candidate Max Linn said it is common knowledge in Tallahassee that Crist is gay.
And, Linn said it is time Crist acknowledged it.
"Charlie come out, come out from wherever you are," Linn said during an interview on the station.
Linn said he has known Crist for 25 years and even worked to help get him elected to other offices and that he's "a good guy."
The Crist campaign said Thursday it would not comment. A spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Jim Davis, the Democrat running for governor, also declined to comment.
As I mentioned, he's been the subject of rumors for a long time. Even his primary opponent tried to fsn the flames of speculation.
During the gubernatorial primary Crist's opponent for the GOP nomination, Tom Gallagher, continually assailed Crist as "soft on homosexuals".
While I'm not sure if this is going in a healthy direction, the cloak of secrecy that shielded the true relationship between Republican operatives and the gay community should be lifted and those who enable bigotry of the Religous Right should be exposed. Let the chips fall where they may.