A HOMOPHOBIC Catholic lawmaker from Indiana is facing pressure to resign after his attempt to solicit an 18-year-old rentboy was exposed at the weekend.
Republican State Representative Phil Hinkle – married and a former board member of the Greater Indianapolis Young Men’s Christian Association – claims to have been the victim of a “shake down” after giving the youth, Kameryn Gibson, $100, his Blackberry and an iPad.
Hinkle, according to this blog, responded by email to a Craigslist ad posted by Gibson, who was seeking a “sugga daddy”.
Hinkle – who voted against same-sex marriage in Indiana – described himself to Gibson thus:
I am an in shape married professional, 5’8, fit 170 lbs, and love getting and staying naked.
He then offered the young man $80 plus a tip to spend time with him at the J W Marriott hotel.
Emails, sent from Hinkle’s publicly listed personal address, asked the young man for “a couple hours of your time tonight” and offer him cash up front, with a tip of up to $50 or $60 “for a really good time.”
A meeting subsequently took place at the hotel, but apparently went pear-shaped when Hinkle revealed he was a lawmaker. More than that, he revealed his penis.
Gibson claimed that when he tried to leave, Hinkle grabbed him in the rear, exposed himself, then later gave him an iPad, his BlackBerry cellphone and $100 cash to keep quiet.
Now pressure is growing on Hinkle to resign.
Marion County GOP Chairman Kyle Walker said he would:
Strongly recommend that Representative Hinkle resign his position so that he can focus on his family and not have this situation detract from that or the work that needs to continue in his legislative district.
House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, issued a statement calling the situation:
Extremely sad and disappointing. Our next step will be to try to discuss this matter with Representative Hinkle and chart a course from there.
And Governor Mitch Daniels called the scandal:
A family tragedy.
But he said that whether Hinkle should resign the legislative seat he has held since 2000:
Is not for me to say. It’s for him and his constituents.
Hat tip: Alan