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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

McCain Takes Big Gay Wad—of Cash

posted by on August 13 at 14:42 PM

Towleroad is reporting that Jonathan Crutchley, chairman of the gay hookup portal Manhunt, gave $2,300 to John McCain’s presidential campaign. In the comments section of a 2007 Huffington Post interview, a commenter called Crutchley out.

I just read that Jonathan Crutchley is a liberal republican that has donated to John MCCain’s campaign, another gay republican donating to people who don’t believe in equal rights for gay men and women, in particular gay adoption, gay marriage or civil unions…I am so disappointed.

Posted by: Roger | Aug 09, 2008 at 09:34 PM

Someone’s obviously reading the comments section of their year-old interview.

Dear Roger:

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.

Posted by: Jonathan Crutchley | Aug 10, 2008 at 12:16 PM

That would be an insult, Crutchley—to liberals. But you aren’t liberal. You’re an opportunist who takes from gay men and gives to a candidate who voted to restrict marriage to one man and one woman. You know, so if any of these guys do hook up with their Prince Charming, they can’t marry him. But that’s not hypocritical of you or McCain. That’s called being a Republican, a party that’s fine with supporting hetero-only marriage while cruising for gay guys on the side.


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We won't support spine-less NO-Bama and will re-defeat him in November!!! Go Hillary 2012!!

Posted by clintonsarmy | August 13, 2008 2:46 PM

clintonsarmy, will you marry me?

Posted by LDP | August 13, 2008 2:51 PM

It behooves him to support leaders who will continue to drive people to websites to find sex through (shaming gays, no marriages, etc).


i cant give u up slog

Posted by Non | August 13, 2008 3:05 PM

It behooves him to support leaders who will continue to drive people to websites to find sex (shaming gays, no marriages, etc).

I sorta think that makes sense

i cant give u up slog

Posted by Non | August 13, 2008 3:06 PM

It's weird when it the window just sits there transmitting the comment and you have second thoughts about it, cancel, check to make sure it didn't clear, then paste/change and resubmit and HELLO they're both there.

Posted by Non | August 13, 2008 3:09 PM

Manhunt is a shitty website anyway. Now, tell me that the owner of bear411 gives money to idiotic GOPers and I'll be very sad.

Posted by DENVEROPOLIS | August 13, 2008 3:09 PM

Aren't all meat market websites, gay or straight, shitty?

Posted by mackro mackro | August 13, 2008 3:11 PM

Well he has a point -- it's not like Obama is going to legalize gay marriage.

Posted by Jason Josephes | August 13, 2008 3:14 PM

Oh, quit whining Dominic. There's more to this world then people's sexual orientation. Luckily, you're not in a position of much responsiblity. For those who are, they tend to have to make important choices that occasionally have to leave a few behind for the sake of the many. Get over yourself.

Posted by El Seven | August 13, 2008 3:14 PM

Of course he's going to give money to Republicans. They're his most loyal customers.

Posted by keshmeshi | August 13, 2008 3:14 PM

McCain accepts gay porn money? OMG! Call FOX news. OOPS. Nevermind.

Posted by Vince | August 13, 2008 3:15 PM

As an Obama supporter, I don't want to concede the Commander in Chief argument. To say that McCain is eminently qualified to be Commander in Chief is a bit like saying the Tom Cruise character in Top Gun is eminently qualified to be Commander in Chief. I give McCain credit for being a veteran and, yes, a war hero, but I don't give him credit for having experience as a military leader or for having the demeanor and judgment to decide whether to risk other Americans' lives.

This is a hotheaded guy who jokes about bombing Iran and has reduced the complicated Russia-Georgia conflict to a distorted caricature.

Posted by cressona | August 13, 2008 3:26 PM

I'm sooooo glad I'm one of those cheap/poor bastards who only has a FREE Manhunt account...

Posted by michael strangeways | August 13, 2008 3:39 PM

I had my account deleted after:

1). Reading the Out Magazine article about Manhunt and realizing I had been thinking the same thing for months

2). Learning about this contribution

3). Turning 45 and accordingly becoming gray meat to most of the guys there

It's the same guys doing the same thing to the same guys. I'm going Old Skool and meeting dudes in real life from now on.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | August 13, 2008 3:51 PM

Newsflash: gay marriage isn't the most important issue for all Americans. Could it possibly be the case that he is financially successful, and realizes that he does not want to see the American tax system utilized as a means of wealth redistribution?

Posted by john cocktosin | August 13, 2008 3:55 PM

Manhunt is gross. Go to a fucking bar. Is it really that hard to hookup? No. It isn't.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 13, 2008 3:58 PM

john cocktosin nails it. rich white gay men will vote for mccain because they do not give two shits about equal rights or gay marriage, just the profit margin.

Posted by scary tyler moore | August 13, 2008 4:00 PM

I thought this one of the oldest tactics in the lame politics playbook..

Step 1: Have someone regarded as 'bad' donate money to candidate

Step 2: Get news coverage

Step 3: Have said 'bad' person say they LIKE candidate

Step 4: Average person who supports candidate questions why 'bad' person like their candidate.

Step 5: Success!

Posted by Original Monique | August 13, 2008 4:06 PM


I should have known you wouldn't have what it takes.


Anything to get @1 to STFU...

Posted by COMTE | August 13, 2008 4:17 PM

Manhunt is only fun when you steal pictures of a hottie from another city and makeup a fake account with a fake name and tailor the profile so you can then make friends with the dumb male prostitute that the guy you're in love with is shacked up with (and who's completely lying about his age; 35 my ass!)in order to find out more info on their idiotic relationship and to keep the hope alive that you can one day use that information to break them up and snatch up your unattainable crush and live happily ever after in a Craftsmen cottage by the sea...

or so I hear.

Posted by michael strangeways | August 13, 2008 4:34 PM


The guy who runs Manhunt has attained a position of much responsibility?

Posted by elenchos | August 13, 2008 4:39 PM

@20, I'm also told, by, oh...someone...that it's fun to get pictures of a hotty from another city and hit on all the guys that never replied to you or blocked you and when they go all apeshit, unlock their photos and beg you to fuck them -- you block their asses without so much as a fare-thee-well.

Or so I'm told.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | August 13, 2008 5:33 PM

A better commander in chief? Man, Republicans will swallow anything.

Posted by flamingbanjo | August 13, 2008 5:52 PM


Yes, but only if you ask politely...

Posted by Kyorai | August 13, 2008 5:58 PM

Jonathan Crutchley is making millions of dollars a year (literally) off of Manhunt. He is supporting McCain for one reason, and one reason only: to protect his tax bracket. Under Obama, it is entirely likely that the taxes will go up on multi-millionaires (boo hoo!). All his other excuses are bullshit.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | August 13, 2008 6:11 PM

I think Mr. Poe is cute.

Posted by Vince | August 13, 2008 6:30 PM


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Posted by Self-Hating Hipster | August 13, 2008 6:49 PM

@15 The idea that the Republican Party is the bailiwick of the rich is wrong-headed. If you look at voting figures poor whites are more likely to vote Republican than Democrat. Actually, many of the richest Americans are Democrats who favor higher taxation because they realize that basic necessities like healthcare and higher education benifit everyone by creating citizens who are more able to contibute to society.

Posted by inkweary | August 14, 2008 12:24 PM

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