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Texas education board member comes out in response to campaign rumors

Friday, November 18, 2011

DALLAS — In an effort to defuse a whisper campaign about his sexual orientation, a member of the Texas State Board of Education has acknowledged in an email to media organizations that he is gay.

George Clayton

George Clayton (R-Richardson), who took office in January after defeating a longtime incumbent and now faces re-election next year as a result of recent re-drawing of boundaries for the board’s 15 positions, said that political rivals — members of the Golden Corridor Republican Women’s Club — had circulated emails questioning his sexuality and living arrangements, reported the Dallas Morning News.

“To avoid the tyranny of misinformation and innuendo in this political race, I wish to say that I, in fact, do have a male partner who lives with me in my home in Richardson, Texas,” Clayton wrote in an email sent to media organizations.

He blamed Geraldine “Tincy” Miller of Dallas, whom Clayton unseated last year and who is expected to run again for the seat, for raising the issue. Miller has denied any involvement.

“I hope this frank announcement satisfies Tincy Miller and the ladies associated with the Golden Corridor organization,” Clayton wrote. “All of us can now move on with discussions concerning education instead of being overly preoccupied with my personal life.”

According to the Texas Freedom Network, Clayton’s announcement was prompted by a recent email from Susan Fletcher, president of the Golden Corridor organization, in which she suggested to members that Clayton’s personal life “needs to be investigated.”

“What are his living arrangements in Richardson? With whom does he live? It’s not appropriate to comment further — but this needs to be investigated,” she wrote.

Clayton becomes the first known openly gay Republican elected official in Texas history.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. why does it “need to be investigated”? If the lady had a life of her own, she wouldn’t care so much about his.

    Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 10:44pm
  2. Come out, come out wherever you are! Hail and well-met fellow Texan!

    Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 10:47pm
  3. oh my god he’s gay, better get the pitch forks and torches! get over it people; why must there be an investigation?

    Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 11:03pm
  4. perhaps they’re interested in setting him up with a nice man?why else ”investigate”?

    Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 3:30am
  5. Very weird, an investigation?

    Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 5:59am
  6. Exactly why does there need to be an investigation? As long as he does his job well, who cares?!

    Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 6:10am
  7. Great for him and us and for all too!!!

    Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 6:12am
  8. Sounds as though Susan Fletcher is the one who needs to be investigated.

    Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 6:56am
  9. Who would have thunk it???? They’re everywhere!

    Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 7:15am
  10. Yaaay Dallas!

    Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 9:35am
  11. When will this not be a big deal?

    Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11:22am
  12. I love him… “I hope this frank announcement satisfies Tincy Miller and the ladies associated with the Golden Corridor organization,” Clayton wrote. “All of us can now move on with discussions concerning education instead of being overly preoccupied with my personal life.”

    That is an awesome line. I hope it does happen but knowing idiots and bigots like I do… That’s likely not the case.

    Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 2:32pm
  13. Good luck, I hope you don’t suffer profeshonally for it.

    Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 5:05pm
  14. Republicans tend to go on about how government is too big and how it infringes too much on people’s rights (guns, taxes, smoking, etc.). Strange, then, that these very people are the first ones to stick their noses into the most private of areas, such as who one loves and a woman’s right to opt for birth control.

    Posted on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 6:13am