While Ann Romney was extolling the virtues of her would-be president husband, Mitt Romney, on the stage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, ex-U.S. Rep. Mark Foley worked a different kind of crowd a few miles east.
The 57-year-old conservative, who repped South Florida on Capitol Hill for 11 years, mingled with partygoers at the convention’s gay wingding.
Thrown by GOProud, a group of gay conservatives, and dubbed Homocon, No Ordinary Song and Dance, the shindig quickly became one of Tuesday night’s main post-speech parties. And not just because of the go-go boys.
More than 1,000 people bellied up to the open bar at The Honey Pot, in the heart of Tampa’s Ybor City.
For Foley, it was a return to national politics of sorts.
In 2006, Foley was headed for another election victory when he abruptly resigned after blue text messages to young male congressional pages surfaced on the Web.
The scandal mushroomed into an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, but no charges of underage sex were filed.
Republican and gay aren’t usually side by side in a sentence. The GOP’s platform is against gay marriage.
But, says Foley, that doesn’t make Republicans hateful.
“They’re not hateful,” Foley said. “[Republicans] just have a different world view. I was incredibly well treated by the [GOP] leadership.
“This party is a little in-your-face since it’s so close to the convention. But some people need to be forced into having a conversation about basic human rights.”
In another corner, tax crusader Grover Norquist looked out of place with his Ward Cleaver suit and June Cleaver look-alike wife. A conservative’s conservative, Norquist is on GOProud’s board.
The Internal Revenue Service has hit disgraced Kendall football great O.J. Simpson in the wallet.
Simpson has just been slapped with a tax lien, according to Miami-Dade County records.
The IRS claims Simpson hasn’t paid income taxes since 2007. That’s the year he got in trouble for robbing and kidnapping a sports memorabilia dealer in Las Vegas. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison.
The taxman now claims the former Buffalo Bills running back owes $15,927.89 for 2007, $105,119.71 for 2008, $49,490.27 for 2009 and $8,897.20 for 2010 — for a grand total of $179,435.07!
The filing demonstrates Simpson still makes decent money. His NFL pension pays him about $19,000 a month.
Back to the future
Controversial Miami-raised MLB star Jose Canseco has found a new gig.
Canseco, 48, who played for the New York Yankees, Tampa Rays and Oakland Athletics, among others, just became featured webcaster on steroid.com, an advertising vehicle for the sale of anabolic steroids without prescriptions.
Canseco’s biweekly show, which premiered Monday, is called Canseco on Steroids!
There’s little doubt Canseco’s an expert on the topic. He wrote Juiced, an explosive book that got him ostracized from the game because it was about the use of steroids among baseball’s greats.
“Basically I’ve been using steroids for my whole life … and brought it into baseball,” Canseco says proudly on his first show.