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Saturday, August 14, 2004

A Poll-Tested Coming Out

The Sunday New York Times has a good blow-by-blow (so to speak) account of the unraveling of the McGreevey aministration in Jersey. Of note is the backstory to the phrasing Gov. McG used at his surreal presser on Thursday:

Mr. McGreevey soon began preparing a speech to make to the public about his life and current circumstances. In doing so, he began conferring with directors at the Human Rights Campaign, a gay advocacy group. The most dramatic line the governor eventually uttered--"I am a gay American"--was developed by the group and was a poll-tested phrase used to reframe the debate about gay causes from one about sexual liberation to one about civil rights.

I guess putting "gay" and "American" next to one another emphasizes that gays are citizens and deserve equal rights, but it strikes me as not that brilliant a turn of phrase. After all, what else was McGreevey going to say? "I prefer having sex with men"?

While I'm not the NJ politics guru either, the very end of the story seems to contain some of the most explosive info about a potential deal at the eleventh hour:

Then, a few minutes before 4 p.m., came a stunning development. Mr. Lesniak received a call from a lawyer who said he was an intermediary working on behalf of Mr. Cipel and Mr. Lowy and wanted to cut a deal. Mr. Lesniak declined to discuss the matter because it was now under investigation by the F.B.I. But according to several people, the lawyer offered to drop the lawsuit in exchange for a cash settlement and the Governor's agreement to approve permits for Tuoro College, a school in Brooklyn, that was trying to found a medical school in New Jersey.

No deal of any kind was made, although confusion still exists about the school and the alleged proposal. Mr. Kushner, the governor's major fund-raiser, is on the board of the school. Senator Robert Torricelli's consulting firm, too, had been trying to arrange meetings with state officials to discuss the permits.

Despite the gay governor, it sounds like there's still plenty for Tony Sporano to like in New Jersey politics.