Is Mike Rogers about to out Mark Kirk?

Jun 1, 2010 · 16202 views


Mike Rogers, the subject of HBO’s documentary Outrage! about the conspiracy of the political gay closet, seems to be hinting that, like Madonna, he has a tale to tell. Apparently, that tale is that Mike thinks Mark Kirk–the Republican running against Alexi Giannoulias for President Barack Obama’s former Senate Seat–has got too gay to hide it well.

Madonna says “a man can tell a thousand lies.” In this situation, would she be referring to Mark or Mike?

All this weekend, Mike Rogers’ slightly less than aesthetic site,, read:

“How do I know the recently divorced Mark Kirk is gay? He told me he was! More details after the holiday.”

Full disclosure, I’m friends with both Mike Rogers and Kirk’s ex-wife Kimberly Vertolli–who has sincerely insisted to me personally she’s positive her ex-husband is not gay–and I’ve been hesitant to reach out to either, waiting to see what the announcement is first.

Making this whole situation a lot more complex is the fact that Mark Kirk is a Commander in the Naval Reserves. Kirk recently voted against the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal in the House of Representatives. As a contrast, the current Senator holding the seat Mark Kirk is campaigning for has been a co-sponsor of the effort to repeal the discriminatory law in the upper-house.

After the vote, the Human Rights Campaign, who had avoided getting involved in the race, endorsed Kirk’s Senate campaign opponent, current Illinois Treasurer and former banker Alexi Giannoulias.

Is Mark Kirk ready for the fall?

Or is Mike Rogers too blind to see the writing on the wall?

How will we hear? When will we learn? How will we know?

While you wait to find out, have a little Madge!


  1. Marc Felion says:

    Nice Phil. I posted this over at I can’t wait to see this play out.

    Here’s the whole story from Mike Rogers

  2. I thought he already had been outed! In my mind I thought the whole thing with his fake medals of valor was about him being gay. I read the headline and planned to follow through later thinking “how many anti-gay, gay republicans are there really?

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