Gay rights advocates are outing Kruger, alleging he is a closeted homosexual.

Gay rights advocates are "outing" Kruger, alleging he is a closeted homosexual.

From the Daily News:

After voting “no” on the gay marriage bill yesterday, Sen. Carl Kruger exited the Senate chamber and walked straight into the buzzsaw that was Allen Roskoff and Corey Johnson.

The two outspoken gay advocates stunned onlookers by heckling the Brooklyn Democrat, publicly calling his sexuality into question and threatening to support a primary candidate against him in 2010.

I reached the duo, who arrived in Albany Tuesday night in time to see the Assembly pass the marriage bill for the third time since 2007, as they were en route home to New York City. Roskoff proudly confirmed he and Johnson “told Carl off.”

“We screamed at him,” Roskoff said, before launching into a litany of unsubstantiated accusations regarding the unmarried senator’s personal life.

“We really let him have it. We made it clear to him that he didn’t hear the end of it. Right outside the Senate chamber. He wouldn’t answer our questions.”

Witnesses said Kruger did not respond to Roskoff and Johnson. Kruger aide Jason Koppel said the senator “doesn’t talk about his personal life,” and deemed the allegations “not even worthy of comment.”

Roskoff, a former Senate Democratic staffer who is now president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, compared Kruger to Councilman Vincent Gentile, a former senator from Bay Ridge who has faced questions about his sexuality and was accused of sexual harassment in 2004 by his male chief of staff. Gentile has insisted he is not gay.

FYI, the candidate Roskoff and Johnson said they’d back to replace Kruger is none other than City Councilman Lew Fidler. Fidler quickly shot down the idea, pointing to Kruger’s immense war chest of $2.2 million, their current ability to work together, and the unpopularity of gay marriage in the area.

As Fidler explained: “In my neighborhood, you don’t run against Carl Kruger on gay marriage. It’s just not a winner.”

[via Daily News]

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  • Alex

    Ned,

    You need to enlighten us here. What happened with this “great” idea in such a “progressive” state as NY.

    Ned, I suggest you take the stance of Obama’s regulatory czar Cass Sunstein: he wrote in his book called “Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness,” that “the word marriage would no longer appear in any laws, and marriage licenses would no longer be offered or recognized by any level of government.” Since as you know traditional marriage discriminates against all the other people (whether gay/single/polygomous, etc). People should have a choice to cohibit any way they want. The government should have no rights to define marriage or set any standards. In some third world countries it is permitted to marry children and close relatives. Why should we disctriminate against them?

    You should follow Mr. Sunstein’s logic and move your argument one step further. This should not be an argument on marrige it should be an argument on a complete abolishment of marriage.

  • Alex

    Ned,

    You need to enlighten us here. What happened with this “great” idea in such a “progressive” state as NY.

    Ned, I suggest you take the stance of Obama’s regulatory czar Cass Sunstein: he wrote in his book called “Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness,” that “the word marriage would no longer appear in any laws, and marriage licenses would no longer be offered or recognized by any level of government.” Since as you know traditional marriage discriminates against all the other people (whether gay/single/polygomous, etc). People should have a choice to cohibit any way they want. The government should have no rights to define marriage or set any standards. In some third world countries it is permitted to marry children and close relatives. Why should we disctriminate against them?

    You should follow Mr. Sunstein’s logic and move your argument one step further. This should not be an argument on marrige it should be an argument on a complete abolishment of marriage.

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    What’s that have to do with the Daily News article?

  • http://www.NedBerke.com Ned Berke

    What’s that have to do with the Daily News article?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Personally, I’m appalled that activists have to behave so rudely. It’s not germane whether Senator Kruger is a closeted gay or not. What is important is that he voted from political motivations. That would be whether he was straight or gay; that is what defines him.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    Personally, I’m appalled that activists have to behave so rudely. It’s not germane whether Senator Kruger is a closeted gay or not. What is important is that he voted from political motivations. That would be whether he was straight or gay; that is what defines him.

  • Alex

    Ned,

    What do you by what does it have to do with the Daily News article? I am not a fan of Kruger but why are those so called activists ambushing Kruger and calling him names? The whole debate goes back to the issue of gay marriage, a subject that has been ardently argues on this site over the last few weeks. The so called activists are becoming more and more militant against anyone who is not walking step in step with them.

  • Alex

    Ned,

    What do you by what does it have to do with the Daily News article? I am not a fan of Kruger but why are those so called activists ambushing Kruger and calling him names? The whole debate goes back to the issue of gay marriage, a subject that has been ardently argues on this site over the last few weeks. The so called activists are becoming more and more militant against anyone who is not walking step in step with them.

  • http://whitetrashbbq.blogspot.com/ BrooklyQ

    The actions of the activists piss me off. If Kruger is gay or leading a double life – PROVE IT. Don’t throw around insults and accusations.

    And I’d it is proven that Mr. Kruger is gay, then he should be ashamed of his vote.

  • http://whitetrashbbq.blogspot.com BrooklyQ

    The actions of the activists piss me off. If Kruger is gay or leading a double life – PROVE IT. Don’t throw around insults and accusations.

    And I’d it is proven that Mr. Kruger is gay, then he should be ashamed of his vote.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Much as I support the right of gays and lesbian to marry I do not care much for the tactics used by activists to achieve that right. Outing people is an anti social act. If Senator Kruger is indeed gay, but closeted, is that not a right of choice too?

    BTW, Alex, this is nothing new, and not limited to any one group of activist. Unfortunately, activists often get too emotionally involved in their causes, and start ignore the fact that even those who disagree with them should be treated with respect and reasoned dialogue.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    Much as I support the right of gays and lesbian to marry I do not care much for the tactics used by activists to achieve that right. Outing people is an anti social act. If Senator Kruger is indeed gay, but closeted, is that not a right of choice too?

    BTW, Alex, this is nothing new, and not limited to any one group of activist. Unfortunately, activists often get too emotionally involved in their causes, and start ignore the fact that even those who disagree with them should be treated with respect and reasoned dialogue.

  • http://whitetrashbbq.blogspot.com/ BrooklyQ

    Lisanne,

    I would agree with you that outing a private person is an antisocial act, but when that person is a public figure and his or her actions uphold or create discrimination for the LGBT community, then I say it is in society’s best interest to out him!

  • http://whitetrashbbq.blogspot.com BrooklyQ

    Lisanne,

    I would agree with you that outing a private person is an antisocial act, but when that person is a public figure and his or her actions uphold or create discrimination for the LGBT community, then I say it is in society’s best interest to out him!

  • Big Brother

    BrooklyQ, even if he was gay why should he be ashamed of his vote? First he is suppose to represent the people, and if he believes that is what the people want then he should vote that way. I had a gay room mate who doesn’t believe in gay marriage, should he be ashamed? I personal don’t care much one way or the other.

    oh and for the record I’m NOT GAY…really i’m not…..I’m straight….like an arrow or something else that has now bends

  • Big Brother

    BrooklyQ, even if he was gay why should he be ashamed of his vote? First he is suppose to represent the people, and if he believes that is what the people want then he should vote that way. I had a gay room mate who doesn’t believe in gay marriage, should he be ashamed? I personal don’t care much one way or the other.

    oh and for the record I’m NOT GAY…really i’m not…..I’m straight….like an arrow or something else that has now bends

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    But Senator Kruger may be Governor Kruger someday. Stranger things have happened in politics. So it is not in the best interests of the LGBT community to have walls put up. Some people in politics are pretty thick skinned, and additionally understand the anger. I don’t know Kruger well enough to know how he reacts emotionally to these things.

    The conservative local politician can become the liberal statesman under the right circumstances. If I were an activist, I’d want to know that the doors of the office of a politician whose views were different than mine were still open to me. I wouldn’t do something which would slam them shut.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    But Senator Kruger may be Governor Kruger someday. Stranger things have happened in politics. So it is not in the best interests of the LGBT community to have walls put up. Some people in politics are pretty thick skinned, and additionally understand the anger. I don’t know Kruger well enough to know how he reacts emotionally to these things.

    The conservative local politician can become the liberal statesman under the right circumstances. If I were an activist, I’d want to know that the doors of the office of a politician whose views were different than mine were still open to me. I wouldn’t do something which would slam them shut.

  • http://whitetrashbbq.blogspot.com/ BrooklynQ

    Big Brother,

    If Kruger is gay, he should be ashamed of voting to ban gay marriage as this upholds and creates discrimination against the LGBT community. Frankly he should be ashamed of voting for the ban period.

    He has a duty to do what’s right, not what’s popular. That’s one of the reasons we have a representative government and not a direct democracy.

    BQ

  • http://whitetrashbbq.blogspot.com BrooklynQ

    Big Brother,

    If Kruger is gay, he should be ashamed of voting to ban gay marriage as this upholds and creates discrimination against the LGBT community. Frankly he should be ashamed of voting for the ban period.

    He has a duty to do what’s right, not what’s popular. That’s one of the reasons we have a representative government and not a direct democracy.

    BQ

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    That is exactly how I feel. Whether he is straight or gay or he has been charged with the responsibility of taking the higher ground, and doing what is best for the people, rather than giving in to emotional reactions.

    The responsibility of the electorate is not to “force” our legislators into acceding to our wishes. It is to engage them in reasoned dialogue regarding the issues that concern us. There are numerous practical reasons for legalizing gay marriage. I am quite sure that the Senator is familiar with them.

    But as the Senator is prone to vote with consideration of how this affects his chances of reelection perhaps the best way to ensure a reversal of last Tuesday’s vote is to reach the people. I will say that the plans that have been made by activists to demonstrate here is ill-conceived. “Outside agitators” do not change the minds of recalcitrant politicians. Better to meet with community groups and convince those who take a large part in what happens here that this is a just and right thing to do. Not to mention a logical one as well.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    That is exactly how I feel. Whether he is straight or gay or he has been charged with the responsibility of taking the higher ground, and doing what is best for the people, rather than giving in to emotional reactions.

    The responsibility of the electorate is not to “force” our legislators into acceding to our wishes. It is to engage them in reasoned dialogue regarding the issues that concern us. There are numerous practical reasons for legalizing gay marriage. I am quite sure that the Senator is familiar with them.

    But as the Senator is prone to vote with consideration of how this affects his chances of reelection perhaps the best way to ensure a reversal of last Tuesday’s vote is to reach the people. I will say that the plans that have been made by activists to demonstrate here is ill-conceived. “Outside agitators” do not change the minds of recalcitrant politicians. Better to meet with community groups and convince those who take a large part in what happens here that this is a just and right thing to do. Not to mention a logical one as well.

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  • Steve T.

    That's Lew Fidler. Standing up to the man!

  • Steve T.

    That's Lew Fidler. Standing up to the man!

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