- The rumors about another top GOP member of the House
being involved in sexual encounters with young "men for hire"
are confirmed to WMR by well-placed sources in Washington's gay community.
The member in question is House Speaker Dennis Hastert, whose "alternate"
life style is the primary reason for him and his staff covering up the
scandal involving ex-Florida GOP Rep. Mark Foley and his lewd messages
sent to underage male congressional pages. Hastert's penchant to receive
anal sex is well-known to our sources in DC's gay community. Additionally,
Hastert's reported extremely small penis is the subject of many jokes among
Washington's gay circles.
- Speaker Hastert: The "butt" of many jokes
among Washington's gay community.
- WMR reported on old charges that swirled around Hastert
when he was a high school wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in Yorkville,
Illinois. Hastert decided to enter politics in 1980 after rumors surfaced
about inappropriate contact with male high school students.
- In July, Hastert was hospitalized at Bethesda Naval Hospital
for cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection. In the Feb. 7, 2003 issue of
AIDS Treatment News, doctors reported that they saw "a large increase
in aggressive, antibiotic-resistant 'staph' (Staphylococcus aureus) skin
infections in gay men in some areas -- and a separate epidemic in certain
prisons. Symptoms include boils or blisters; treatment can be difficult,
and sometimes requires hospitalization. One HIV doctor in Los Angeles who
used to see about one case a year is now seeing two a week. In the past
this infection occurred mainly in hospitals." The reports of serious
skin infections among gay men was also reported in the Los Angeles Times
on Jan. 27, 2003.
- WMR has also learned that Republicans will soon mount
an effort to discredit a senior House Democratic member with a sex scandal
of a rather different nature. The member is aware of the plans and is circling
the political wagons if the GOP launches their expected attack.