Ultra-Conservative Congressman Ed Schrock is a hypocrite looking for a new job.

Nothing warms the cockles of my heart like seeing a true hypocrite get his comeuppance. This story is all over several other blogs so you may have read about it already, but if you haven’t then here’s the scoop. It seems that Rep. Ed Schrock is a two-term Republican congressman from Virginia’s Second District and is considered one of the most conservative members of Congress second only to Dennis Hastert according to The National Journal in 2003. He was a co-sponsor of the Federal Marriage Amendment, he opposes any rights for gay people including non-discrimination in employment, and he carries a 92% rating for his voting record in The Christian Coalition 2003 Voting Guide.

As it turns out, Rep. Ed Schrock appears to spend his spare time looking for hot gay lovin’ on popular gay telephone dating services from the very folks he’s so determined to oppose in his politics. The folks at BlogActive helped bring this to light by circulating tape recordings of the upstanding Mr. Schrock shakin’ his love thang on the phone.

When the story of Congressman Ed Schrock (R-VA-2) first came to me, I was quite skeptical. After all, Congressman Schrock’s district includes parts of Hampton and Norfolk and all of Virginia Beach, home to no less than NINE military facilities and Pat Robertson’s Regent University! Nevertheless, the activities of Congressman Schrock have been documented and verified as thoroughly as any I have seen come before me and what I have learned is, well, ScHrOCKING!

Congressman Ed Schrock has made a habit of rendezvousing with gay men via the MegaMates/ MegaPhone Line, an interactive telephone service on which men place ads and respond to those ads to meet each other. What makes this story more amazing? Congressman Schrock not only voted for the homophobic Marriage Protection Act, but he also signed on as a CO-SPONSOR of the Federal Marriage Amendment!

This guy is easily one of the most anti-gay politicians out there so why am I not surprised to find out he’s cheating on his wife by seeking out gay sex? Because there are so many people out there like the fellow who runs the blog Scattered Words which Brock has written about previously here on SEB. Schrock appears to be a classic case of someone over-compensating because of their own self-loathing and in a way it’s kinda sad, but with as hateful as this guy’s comments have been I’m not that upset he’s been caught out.

He appears to realize that his career is at an end as he’s announced he’s dropping his reelection bid and resigning “effective immediately.”

U.S. Rep. Ed Schrock withdrew from his re-election race this afternoon, citing unspecified allegations.

“In recent weeks, allegations have surfaced that have called into question my ability to represent the citizens of Virginia’s Second Congressional Distict,” Shrock said in a press release.

Schrock, who would have been seeking his third term, did not elaborate on the nature of the allegations.

“After much thought and prayer, I have come to the realization that these allegations will not allow my campaign to focus on the real issues facing our nation and region,” the statement said. “Therefore, as of today, I am stepping aside and will no longer be the Republican nominee for Congress in Virginia’s Second Congressional District.

It’s hard to say if this is a pragmatic move or a response to the validity of the accusations. This move gives the Republicans a week to find a replacement as the ballot can’t be changed after 5PM on Friday so it’s possible they figured finding a replacement in time would be less risky than trying to challenge the accusations and having Schrock lose the election. Whatever the reason, I’m glad he’s been exposed for the hypocrite he is.

13 thoughts on “Ultra-Conservative Congressman Ed Schrock is a hypocrite looking for a new job.

  1. This is an AP story that ran today in either the NY Times or the Washington Post. Here is a link to the   article in SFGATE.com.

    Schrock, 63, cited unspecified allegations in a statement he released Monday as the reason he decided not to seek a third term for Congress. He said the claims “have called into question my ability to represent the citizens of Virginia’s Second Congressional District.”

    The release said Schrock, a retired Navy officer and Vietnam veteran, would not comment further on his decision, nor did he comment specifically on the claims.

    Claims that Schrock is gay were posted on a Web log Aug. 19 by Michael Rogers, who said his blog is aimed at exposing “hypocrites” in Congress.

    I believe this is the group I’ve heard about that is outing gays who are, in some manner, working against gay rights. They best be right.

    This oufit also intends to go against staffers. I have mixed thoughts about that aspect of their campaign. (Clock running class convenes in 15 minutes.)

  2. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.  I really want to see more lawmakers being held accountable and called on the carpet when they’re being hypocritical but I’m not sure I agree with the methodology behind this group that outed him.  It just seems like something GW would would do. 

    Tom Gordy, Schrock’s Chief of Staff, did confirm that these allegations are the reason for his retirement.  It will be interesting to see what type of back-spin the Repubs can put on this one.

  3. I’m less than enthused about outing folks who choose to be closeted—after all, “what goes on behind closed doors is nobody’s business” is a tenet of much of the gay rights movement, and I don’t think any of us want our own phone calls (or kinks) aired to the public.

    That said, it serves the bastard right.

  4. Les you do get around don’t you!! ***Dave yes what we do in Private should be private! But this %$#@!&*
    was a cheerleader for The Patriot Act something our children and grandchildren will be calling us out on
    not to mention his hypocritical stance on alternate lifestyles. I have always abstained from running for public office because I really did have a let us say Lost Years! How can these people show their faces in public?  I am of to bed, its midnight here.
    Have a great day!LJ

  5. I’m with ***Dave in that I don’t normally advocate outing anyone who doesn’t want to be whether it involves them being gay or atheist, but I think this is a rare exception to the rule.

    Consider if I were running for office and hiding my atheism while publicly presenting myself as the most pious Christian around. I spend a great deal of time condemning atheists and their viewpoint and working to ensure that any legislation that would be at all advantageous to them, even if it’s just leveling the playing field, is defeated. If it were found out I was actually an atheist there’d be little hesitation in bringing this information to light and criticizing the hell out of me for trying to pretend I’m something that I’m not. My integrity and honesty would be rightfully called into question.

    In short, the fact that Schrock’s private actions are related to and in direct conflict with his public actions justifies the invasion of his privacy and revealing the truth to his constituents.

  6. I received the most audacious response to this story this morning from a Christian family member.

    He replied that now that Schrock doesn’t have the pressure of politics he won’t seek the outside temptations of Satan and will be able to focus on getting his heart right with God.  HE also said that he did the right thing by going against gay rights and sticking with God because Republicans know how to seek forgiveness from God whereas liberals are doomed to seek forgiveness from man.

    It’s great having neocon wackos in the family.

    captcha = ‘house’ At least I’m not in the same house with them.

  7. It will be interesting to see what type of back-spin the Repubs can put on this one.

    So far they appear to be handling it with a minimum of comment. Yesterday afternoon CNN (Woodruff), in three or four sentences, reported ‘here’s what happened’. FNC carried the story in the scroll. Since I have a very low tolerance for Fox, I don’t know what they might have said in the evening.

    This article  in the Miami Herald covers the GOP’s nomination of Thelma Drake, a state delegate, as replacement candidate. Here is part of Drake’s statement

    Asked whether she thought Schrock made the right decision by stepping down, Drake said, “Ed made his decision for this district and for this seat.”

    Because of the allegations, she said, the media would have turned the campaign into a “food fight” rather than allowing the candidates to talk about the issues.

    She clearly must disapprove of how the Swift Boat controversy has been distracting from the discussion issues.

  8. I disagree on this.  I don’t mind that this man voted against certain gay “issues”.  He had every right to see things independently… and if he votes against these so called “rights” that gay men seem to think of as a panecea, then that’s his business.  I needn’t agree with him, yet as an elected official his decisions were his own… Just because its suddenly found that he slept with a man is no big deal at all.  It’s funny when gay men find out about this, they mirror the ignorance of their straight counterparts who they are desperately trying to court.

  9. The issues wasn’t independent thought it was hypocrisy. Look very simple: He was a gay man who disliked and discriminated against gays. Hypocrisy. Simmple enough visible?

    I know this is an old topic but I ran across it and felt the need to comment.

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