Another one bites the dust!

Another one bites the dust! August 14, 2011

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.
Some shakedown!

Phil Hinkle (click on pic for video)
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.

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  • Newspaniard

    Hypocrisy or not, it still looks like a case of entrapment and attempted blackmail to me.

  • Broga

    I suppose it would also be inevitable that he is a Roman Catholic and a Republican – as he is. Attends RC Church, presumably listens to the homilies delivered on behalf of Ratzinger and plays the RC game to the limit. Meanwhile, he is eaten up inside with a repressed lust, life is passing and he wants a piece of the real action of sexual life – as he would see it.
    I have no sympathy for this sanctimonious hypocrit. However, I feel sympathy and pity for his family that they are now dragged into this with him.

  • gill kerry

    Prob not the first time either. Just the first time he has been caught

  • barriejohn
  • Broga

    I think it is the mind blowing hypocrisy of what this man has been urging in public (presumably to further his career) and what he believes and does that repels. Imagine his reaction and comments if someone else had been caught with their trousers round their ankles.

  • David Anderson

    It would appear that Phil Hinkle responded to the Graiglist ad under his own volition. He was not entrapped by any law officer, he has been trapped by his own hypocrisy. Whether Gibson tried to blackmail him after, is another matter.

  • ZombieHunter

    maybe he and ted haggard will make a lovely couple, or are they too old for each other??

  • jay

    hehehe another hypocrite goes down (almost as delicious as seeing that vermin Spitzer bite the dust).
    Too good for words. Mr big shot politician responds from his public email address, tells the guy who he is, and offers $60 (from what I understand, that was probably an insulting offer– unless things are very different in Indiana)??? One would think that politicians, if not intelligent are at least shrewd.

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  • Broga

    @jay: You can cut it any way you like, whether it is guys like this or Roman Catholic priests, but when millions of years of evolution kick in then their basic nature will win. And that includes those who are fundamentally gay and pretend to be heterosexual, they are going to spend a life of twisted and hurting emotions. And what more weird lifestyle is there than celibacy?

  • I’m waiting for the day when Pastor Steven L. Anderson is found on his knees in a restroom with someone’s cock accidentally thrust into his mouth as he was tying his shoelaces. It cannot be far away. Behold:

  • AgentCormac

    I know it has been said a million times before, but I still find the religiots’ pre-occupation with sex utterly astonishing. And very revealing.
    Some vow to be celibate (surely that in itself is some kind of perversion?). Some rape and abuse children in their care. Some fly all the way to Africa to make videos that demand an end to ‘sodomy’ because that’s what they think their sky fairy has instructed. Yet despite the irrational and groundless foundations for their beliefs, and the fact that many have a totally a-typical (if not non-existent) experience of sex, they feel like they have the moral right to tell the rest of us what we can and can’t do.
    What really amazes me most, though, is people like Phil Hinkle.
    How can they be so terribly vindictive against people who they must, deep down, realise are just like them?
    What must Hinkle’s upbringing have been like to make him be that way? What influences could warp a man’s thinking so much that he would go against everything that his mind and body is telling him?
    One word. Religion.

  • I might have a touch more sympathy for these self-loathing fakes if they actually admitted the truth in their statements; that they are homo or bisexual and have been for a long time, instead of trying to save their skin by demonising same-sex attraction even further. Time and time again the response is to express shame, make out that they had a temporary moral lapse, a dark side, that can be overcome with love, faith… and being allowed to remain in their privileged positions.

  • Makes one wonder how many more there are of them out there.
    It is also odd that most of these cases tend to involve “republicans” who for the most part are religious in the extreme.

  • Broga

    @dogon: And a couple of right wing, evangelical bigots have now declared, following a straw poll in Iowa – Michelle “Mad Eyes” Bachmann and Rick Perry, that they are presidential hopefuls. Both are anti gay and both, with tranches of the USA politically illiterate, are attracting support. Both, of course, will persuade the dopey USA screaming electorate to vote against the best interests of the ordinary voter.
    Cameron has learned much from the USA spin meisters and knows how to press the emotional buttons here.

  • Robert Stovold

    I thought it was only Brtish politicians who “retired to spend more time with their family”? Given this man’s hypocrisy, it might be better if he retired to spend more time with himself!

  • Pete H

    Yet another case of an anti-gay campaigner being uncovered as a self-hating gay person, and yet more confirmation of the formula that suggests the more a person rails against homosexuality in public, the more likely it is that they are repressing their own homosexuality and hating themselves for how nature (or “god”, as they would see it) has made them.
    You know, when I see virulently anti-gay public statements from people (particularly politicians or pastors/vicars), I now just assume they are gay, so often is the formula proven to be correct, and hope that now their secret is out, they may find some peace and accept that they are gay and there is nothing wrong with that.

  • AngieRS

    Heh, I can’t wait for Green to be exposed in a similar manner.

  • @ Broga
    “with tranches of the USA politically illiterate,”
    That is the crux of the problem with American society.
    The most powerful nation on earth has an electorate that would rather watch Opra and NASCAR than to actually “think” rationally for themselves and in some instances for the rest of us.
    This does not bode well for the future of America if people like Bachman and Perry have there way and they go back to prayers in schools and teaching creationism….What sort of education can result from such a backward step?

  • There’s a cool pattern developing here. It’s implication. It’s to the point that priests/ministers/clerics/immams/rabbi’s/pastors/chaplains etc. are, by implication child rapists. Now, churchy bigots that openly whinge about homosexuality are, by implication repressed gays. Good. The truth is out and it’s going to be very difficult to get the cat back in the bag.

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  • drogba

    @ newspaniard
    actually the rent boy tried to leave when he found out the guy was high profile. he didn’t take $10,000 to “keep quiet”. therefore it wasn’t a blackmail attempt.
    clearly Gibson thought that considering this mans voting record, this was a case of being “in the public interest”.

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