Just posted this in the other thread...
An update from http://rodonline.typepad.com/rodonline/2008/08/mccain-returns.html
18 August 2008
McCain Returns $2300 Donation from Founder of Gay Sex Hookup Site Manhunt.net
Since we (unfortunately) have been offline for several days, let's get up to speed with the latest on L'Affair Manhunt. Republican presidential heir nominee John McCain returns the $2300 contribution donated by Manhunt.net co-founder and chairman of Jonathan Crutchley—seen above at right with co-founder Larry Basile—who resigned over the weekend in controversy surrounding his contribution. The Boston Herald broke the latest news on the boardroom drama at the Cambridge-based gay sex hookup and PNP website:
"Politically, it was just off-base, with the whole feeling over here at Manhunt," said site co-creator Larry Basile yesterday, pointing out McCain's views against adoption by gay couples and same-sex marriage.
McCain's camp seemed just as eager to distance themselves from the brief alliance. McCain spokesman Jeff Grappone didn't return multiple phone calls on the subject, and Crutchley has apparently been informed that his $2,300 will be returned.
"He said, 'If John is too good for my money, I'll give it to (presumptive Democratic nominee) Barack (Obama),' " Basile said yesterday.
Crutchley's homocon politics and strong support for John McCain—who says he is opposed to gay marriage, adoption by gay couples or having a "pro-gay rights" running mate—was reported in an excellent feature story in the current Out by Michael Joseph Gross. Crutchley's contribution was later reported by Andy Towle at Towleroad and the backlash forced the tax cut-loving, gay sex website millionaire to "resign" as board chairman.
Crutchley rationalized his support for McCain on foreign policy, arguing the quick-tempered hawkish senator would be a better CINC. "If we have an experienced, seasoned person defending the country in this dangerous age, we will be able to argue about the gay agenda later." Translation: Argue about hate crimes and employment discrinmination later, hook up on my website and help me make millions now.
Sort of foolish for Crutchley to pretend Obama's positions are now closer to his own, and, as Michelangelo Signorile notes, "Are we really to believe that Basile, when he went into business with Crutchley years ago, had no idea he was hooking up with a homocon? Surely he's much better at due diligence than that." There is more than enough denial to go around.