: Ya gotta love Jersey politics: a surprise every day. Pick up today’s Jersey Journal right here in Jersey City and see this:
I’M GAY, AND MAD
Freeholder says governor is using sexuality to deflect criticism
Hudson County Freeholder Ray Velazquez is so offended by the governor’s handling of his legal troubles and so worried that the gay community will be hurt by the scandal that he is publicly acknowledging that he, too, is a gay elected official.
Most troubling, he said, is the allegation that Gov. James E. McGreevey put his lover on the public payroll.
“It’s not enough to say, ‘I’m sorry, I’m a gay man,’ to cover up those things,” Velazquez said this week at his Downtown law office….
A relative newcomer to county politics, Velazquez was selected by the Hudson County Democratic Organization in July 2003 to fill the seat of Nidia Davila-Colon, who resigned after being convicted a month earlier of corruption charges.
: Meanwhile, the latest on the guy who claimed he was Golan Cipel’s gay lover… in the pages of the NY Post and News. The Star-Ledger (which did not run the original story) reports today that he was arrested:
But in addition to his sex claims, police reports reviewed by The Star-Ledger yesterday show Michael David Miller has falsely told police he is a CIA operative and that the satellite dish on his house is used for CIA communication. In a series of phone calls to police and Essex County courts, the doctor has told a bizarre tale of an Iranian tenant he claimed would blow up the Essex County Courthouse in Newark.
Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura said Miller “has a serious problem with reality,” and sheriff’s officers, along with officers from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, arrested the doctor last night.
Miller was taken into custody about 11:30 p.m. at his home on a warrant charging him with impersonating an FBI officer and causing false public alarm, the sheriff said.
Anybody can hold a press conference and end up in the News.