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Tuesday, February 15

Speculation On Gannon-McClelland Affair

The President chuckled. "Well, you got a pretty face," he told the surprised Mr. Reid. He wasn't done. "You got a pretty face," he said again. "You're a good-looking guy. Better looking than my Scott anyway."

The Raw Story has uncovered some dirt on Bush aide Scott "Not-So-Pretty-Face" McClellan. The article indicates that McClelland is an oft-patron of gay clubs in Austin, Texas.

The source, who would only comment on condition of anonymity, reserved comment on whether McClellan was actually gay, but said he was frequently seen at gay clubs. Another source also confirmed this account.

“He was often seen in gay clubs in Austin, Texas and was comfortable being there,” the Texan said. “He’s been seen in places that normal people who are looking for heterosexual relationships are not seen alone.”

According to a White House transcript, McClellan is married, and Gannon sent the press secretary a wedding card. The White House, however, declined to comment.

“He was the mayor’s son in town, everybody knew who he was,” the source added, referring to McClellan’s mother Carole Keeton Strayhorn."

It's perfectly fine for a hetero male to go to gay bars and we should not question Scott's sexual orientation simply because he was spotted in gay clubs around Austin. But why would a married man go?


It's also interesting that Gannon and McClelland move into the picture shortly after Ari Fleischer resigned - does anyone remember that guy?


Q The personal question. When did you start thinking of leaving, when did you make the final decision, and when did you inform the President?

MR. FLEISCHER: I started thinking about it, frankly, a few months ago. I really kept it to myself, and then after a little while, started talking to my wife about it. I've always made decisions, career decisions, based on what was in my heart and what was in my gut. And I approached this the same way. You just have to have a sense of when the time is right to make your decision about to serve or to go. And I made mine. I informed the President about it on Friday in the Oval Office, and I had a wonderful conversation with him, and then made the announcement public today.

Q Did he kiss you on the head, Ari? (Laughter.)

Q Answer the question.

MR. FLEISCHER: You're asking me to disclose private Oval office discussions. I'll just say he's a very caring person. (Laughter.)

Q That's a yes.


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