Hot topic! McCain in bed with Manhunt?

By: Gay.com
8.14.2008


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UPDATED! The blogosphere is buzzing with the news that gay sex site Manhunt.net's
cofounder Jonathan Crutchley has stepped down as chairman of the company after it became known he contributed the maximum possible amount ($2,300) to John McCain's presidential campaign.

Towleroad and Huffington Post blogger Andy Towle pointed out
August 14 that Crutchley confirmed his contribution and defended his
"Massachusetts Republican" political stance on August 10, 2008, in the comments section of a 2007
interview on Online Personals Watch. (It doesn't appear the comment is showing
up currently.)

UPDATE! Crutchley has stepped down as chairman of Manhunt on August 15. Here's an excerpt from the statement to Manhunt members by co-founder Larry Basile (you can read the whole thing in the comments below, too):

"It should be known that Jonathan Crutchley's donation to McCain
left the entire Board in disbelief. I am disappointed that we have lost
some customers, and I understand the anger. It is too bad for the web
site if we lose customers, but PLEASE never refer to me as a
Republican. I consider it an offense.

"Earlier today, at the request of the Board, Jonathan has stepped down as Chairman. Sincerely, Larry Basile."

That's some quick damage control ... and, I'm presuming, a lot of angry gay customers.

According to Towle, Crutchley's original comment said:

"Welcome to the age of the internet, where everyone’s
private life becomes public. Yes, my contribution to John McCain’s campaign for
president was listed on the Huffington Post. I believe McCain will be a better
commander-in-chief than Obama, who also opposes gay marriage. If we have an
experienced, seasoned person defending the country in this dangerous age, we
will be able to argue about the gay agenda later. Yes, I am a Massachusetts
Republican, which is about the same as being an Alabama Democrat. But don’t call me a 'liberal.'
That'
s an insult."

Was the Manhunt board right to ask Crutchley to step down, or should an individual be able to contribute however
he wants as long as it's a personal donation?

To me, the craziest part of Crutchley's original comment is the cavalier attitude toward online privacy. Does everyone's
private life become public on Manhunt.net?


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UPDATED! The blogosphere is buzzing with the news that gay sex site Manhunt.net's
cofounder Jonathan Crutchley has stepped down as chairman of the company after it became known he contributed the maximum possible amount ($2,300) to John McCain's presidential campaign.

Towleroad and Huffington Post blogger Andy Towle pointed out
August 14 that Crutchley confirmed his contribution and defended his
"Massachusetts Republican" political stance on August 10, 2008, in the comments section of a 2007
interview on Online Personals Watch. (It doesn't appear the comment is showing
up currently.)

UPDATE! Crutchley has stepped down as chairman of Manhunt on August 15. Here's an excerpt from the statement to Manhunt members by co-founder Larry Basile (you can read the whole thing in the comments below, too):

"It should be known that Jonathan Crutchley's donation to McCain
left the entire Board in disbelief. I am disappointed that we have lost
some customers, and I understand the anger. It is too bad for the web
site if we lose customers, but PLEASE never refer to me as a
Republican. I consider it an offense.

"Earlier today, at the request of the Board, Jonathan has stepped down as Chairman. Sincerely, Larry Basile."

That's some quick damage control ... and, I'm presuming, a lot of angry gay customers.

According to Towle, Crutchley's original comment said:

"Welcome to the age of the internet, where everyone’s
private life becomes public. Yes, my contribution to John McCain’s campaign for
president was listed on the Huffington Post. I believe McCain will be a better
commander-in-chief than Obama, who also opposes gay marriage. If we have an
experienced, seasoned person defending the country in this dangerous age, we
will be able to argue about the gay agenda later. Yes, I am a Massachusetts
Republican, which is about the same as being an Alabama Democrat. But don’t call me a 'liberal.'
That'
s an insult."

Was the Manhunt board right to ask Crutchley to step down, or should an individual be able to contribute however
he wants as long as it's a personal donation?

To me, the craziest part of Crutchley's original comment is the cavalier attitude toward online privacy. Does everyone's
private life become public on Manhunt.net?

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