Tuesday, February 15, 2005

...and the Lack Thereof:

He has had success at two things, losing elections and dividing the American family. Apparently his angry and hateful rhetoric has divided his own family.

So says Christopher Barron, political director of the Log Cabin Republicans, of the ultraconservative political commentator Alan Keyes. The occasion for the remarks is the news that Keyes—who called Vice President Dick Cheney’s lesbian daughter a “selfish hedonist” during his recent failed bid for a U.S. Senate seat—has disowned his 19-year-old daughter Maya Marcel-Keyes in response to her decision to come out as a lesbian and get involved in gay activism.

But not to worry: Marcel-Keyes’ “hedonism” will not affect her father’s political ventures, as a two-sentence press release issued by Keyes promises:

My daughter is an adult, and she is responsible for her own actions. What she chooses to do has nothing to do with my work or political activities.”

Keyes, it may be recalled, lost his recent campaign for the U.S. Senate in one of the most lopsided popular elections in Illinois history, garnering just 27% of the vote compared to Barack Obama’s 70%.

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