Yet another anti-gay Republican politician seems to have found himself in a gay sex scandal. This time, Indiana Representative Phillip Hinkle responded using his personal email to a local Craigslist posting by a young man, later identified as Kameryn Gibson, who expressed his need for a “sugga daddy.” In the emails, Hinkle asked Gibson, who listed his age as 20 but told the Indianapolis Star that he was 18, for “a couple of hours of your time tonight.” He promised cash up front, with a tip of $50 or $60 for a “really good time.”
Hinkle, by the way, opposes same-sex marriage (in addition to approving of abstinence-only sex education and prayer in public schools). He recently voted for an amendment to the Indiana state constitution that would define marriage as between a man and a woman.
According to Gibson, he met Hinkle at a hotel, but tried to leave when Hinkle told him that he was a state legislator. The Star reports: “He said the lawmaker at first told him he could not leave, grabbed him in the rear, exposed himself to the young man and then later gave him an iPad, BlackBerry cellphone and $100 cash to keep quiet.”
All of this is stunning, considering that the news is almost routinely splashed with the stories of unsuspecting politicians, innocently trying to engage in extramarital affairs, who are tripped up by the vast array of technology available to create an indelible record of their unsavory actions. Has Hinkle never read the news?
But the really shocking part of the story is that the BlackBerry Hinkle gave his young paramour was his personal cellphone. After the encounter, Gibson’s sister, Megan, picked him up, and threatened Hinkle with calls to the police and local media. As they drove home, Megan began receiving calls on the BlackBerry, including one from Hinkle’s wife.
“I was like, ‘Your husband is gay,’” Megan said. “And then she was like, ‘You have the wrong person.’” Hinkle’s wife said that she had the wrong person. But then Megan read the email address on the BlackBerry. Hinkle’s wife then reportedly said, “Please don’t call the police.”
Megan then began to receive calls from other members of Hinkle’s family, offering her money to keep quiet. Finally, Hinkle himself called her, and told her: “You just ruined me.” Ironic, because it seems like Hinkle shouldn’t have given her his personal cellphone if he didn’t want to be ruined.
The whole saga is cartoonishly absurd, and it seems like Hinkle’s resignation is the only possible outcome. In a statement, Gov. Mitch Daniels called the affair a “family tragedy,” but said that it was up to Hinkle and his constituents to decide whether the state legislator should resign.
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