Mayor Jim West is a former state senator and current mayor of Spokane.
He is a conservative Republican.
He has opposed gay rights.
He has opposed teenage sex.
He wishes to keep his relations with people he contacted through Gay.com private.
He is said to have believed that one of those he contacted was eight-teen.
One just can not help wonder just how common this is. Is it possible that the left-wing conspiracies are right? Are a significant fraction of the opponents of gay rights either in the closet or in denial? If new methods of lie detection became more reliable than the current poly-crap tests, would the actual straight opponents of gay rights want to use it to weed out the weak links in their religious and political organizations or would they be worried about loosing too much support by outing their own. It might depend on whether or not the lie detectors focused on voice and infrared facial signatures rather consensual tests like brain waves or MRIs.
Even if these new tests are not accepted as proof, they could be used to find out if certain ministers and senators who harp about morals need to have some looking in to. Not that I would support that but I could scarcely believe that every person on either side of the divide would be above it and if their investigators turn up Jim West hypocrisy how many media outlets would care about how the information was obtained.
Of course lots of people will overlook all the important parts of this story and think that since he sought adult (barley) gay relationships as well as (allegedly) pedophilic ones connects homosexuality with pedophilia. The fact that lots of pedophiles prey exclusively on little girls while having adult relations somehow does not lead to the same conclusion. Logic is hard.
I wonder if Jim West will decide to abstain (he he) from discussions about gay rights in order to keep his private life private. I wonder if he will start advocating privacy rights now that his interests are involved.