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Anti-Gay Republican Outed as Former Drag Queen

A North Carolina Republican Senate candidate campaigning against gay marriage has been outed as a former drag queen who used to perform at gay-friendly Club Odyssey.

Steve Wiles, a 34-year-old conservative candidate for Senate was once apparently known as Miss Mona Sinclair, complete with a wig and fake eyelashes, while working as an emcee at a weekly drag show at Club Odyssey for eight years.

The Republican was outed by the club’s former owner Randy Duggins who referred to Wiles as a hypocrite. “I recognized his picture when I was looking in the paper. That’s definitely him. He has aged some but that’s him. I have no ax to grind against him. I just think he’s a liar,” Duggins said.

Wiles at first denied the allegations but has since admitted to his past life. Wiles says “for me, from a religious standpoint, just for my life, for me, it just was not something that I wanted to continue.” Did we mention he worked there for eight years?

Wiles adds “Of course it was an embarrassment, but you know, you move on. You live life, and you change, and you make yourself what you want yourself to be. And that’s where I am now.”

Wiles has also used this as an opportunity to imply that his opponent is entitled. In a Facebook message that has since been removed, Wiles wrote “I’d like to apologize to everyone because, unlike the currently appointed NC Senator in District 31, I made mistakes. My job was embarrassing – I had to have a job! Nobody died, leaving me a millionaire capable of living in North Carolina’s most expensive neighborhood.”

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    • Doug Barfield

      ROTFLMAO, what a FUGLY woman at that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LyndaLBD

    Liar liar, pants on fire, bra and panties, can’t be no anti!!!! Hypocrite!!!

  • Carol Findlay

    Actually, there was an episode in the last season of King of Queens called, “Manhattan Project.” In that episode, there was this ‘back in the day’ has-been singer that Arthur Spooner takes up with, and she looks EXACTLY like the picture on the right of this guy in drag. Exactly. And the character’s name? Tooooooooooooo close–Ava Sinclair. You’ve gotta google that. I almost fell out of my chair.

    • Melissa Mermaid

      Played by the one and only Lainie Kazan, who also played Fran’s Aunt Freda on “The Nanny” and actually has had a huge film career. One of my faves.

      • Susan Van Cott

        AND, Lanie Kazan understudied Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl. And played the mom in one of my fave movies, My Favorite Year. She is wonderful.

  • G. Wonder

    How dare you turn on your gay people… You have nothing now, but the discontent you carry within yourself. A closet coward to afraid to come out and afraid and in denial of what everyone has found. Must be horrible putting on that suit and tie everyday when deep down inside you want to slip on a garter belt and your favorite Avon lipstick shade: Dusty rose.

    • stopthelies1

      He is very likely wearing a garter belt and fishnets under his brooks brothers trousers.

  • oldwhiteguy

    Where does the GOP find these people? Seriously. Clearly, any normal, intelligent, honest human being without an agenda to advance the cause of angry whites and rich lobbyists would have a hard time succeeding in today’s Republican party. So we’re left with this. Screwed-up hypocrites. Frightening.

    • Read HB2 — it pretends to protect people against “Dressed to Kill” crossdressers from a Baptist nightmare, but if you read on, it is an ANTI LABOR BILL that screws over everyone, including the people who are so terrified of bathrooms. Clever MIS- DIRECTION. Gays have been used for a long time by the GOP to misdirect their sheeple into voting against their own interests.

  • elaine stenzel

    the hipocricy is unbeivable with these republicans.They don’t know what they truly are,they change their minds every time you speak with them.

    • Lilywhiteazz

      Yeah, but at least we can spell

      • Falker Man

        There ya go. Yeah, we have members of our party bankrolled by special interest groups, and we have members who lie about their past, and members who try to deny rights of the very same people who supported us for so long.

        But at least we can spell. Great comeback.

      • Michele Engel

        Yup. And under Hitler’s regime, all the trains in Germany ran on time.

      • jrasicmark

        Actually, I’ve probably read thousands of online posts from conservatives that have some of the most horrendous spelling and grammar mistakes I’ve ever seen. So, congratulations on your personal spelling prowess, but your skills are clearly not shared by all conservatives, so there is no “we” to brag about.

  • Byron Williams

    You can’t use politics or religion to work out your mental health issues or guilt.

    • Doubting Thomas

      Yes you can, Republicans do it all the time.

  • PinkyB69

    Why are so many Republicans against the very things they secretly indulge in? How many have been outed for drug use, secret homosexual lives and affairs yet they campaign against those things. Come on now, how tiring must it be to hate yourself and have to pretend like the issue is with everyone else?

    • Viir Exeter

      Republicans are hypocrites of the lowest order: ● Republican Henry Hyde: Responsibility for determining the recommending action on the articles of impeachment fell on the House Judiciary Committee and its Chairman, Henry Hyde. However, as Time reports, Ironically, Hyde turned out to have been guilty of his own extramarital indescretions. In a September 1998 article, Salon.com reported that Hyde had carried on an affair with a married woman named Cherie Snodgrass during the 1960s, a story the Congressman later acknowledged was true. The admission dogged him for the rest of his political career and he was repeatedly criticized for his zeal in prosecuting Clinton while failing to mention his own transgressions.

      ● Republican Newt Gingrich: As Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich (R-GA) led the initial charge against President Clinton. However, like with Hyde, it turns out that Gingrich had multiple affairs of his own. In a 2007 interview
      with Focus on the Family‘s James Dobson, “Gingrich for the first time publicly acknowledged cheating on his first and second wives,” admitting that he was cheating on his wife while leading the impeachment proceedings. Speaking to Dobson, Gingrich stated: There were times when I was praying and when I felt I was doing things that were wrong. But I was still doing them. I look back on those as periods of weakness and periods that I’m not only not proud of, but I would deeply urge my children and grandchildren not to follow in my footsteps.

      ● Republican Bob Livingston: Shortly after the November 1998 elections Gingrich resigned, having predicted Republicans would pick up twenty seats in the House
      when in fact they ended up losing five. Rep. Bob Livingston (R-LA) succeeded him as Speaker, but the day of the House vote on the articles of impeachment against Clinton, he suddenly resigned after Hustler Magazine publisher Larry
      Flynt threatened to release details about what he described as four extramarital affairs by Livingston. In an interview with The Washington Post, Flynt stated that he “just wanted to expose hypocrisy. If these guys are going after the president, they shouldn’t have any skeletons in their closet.” Before Flynt had the opportunity to release any details, Livingston admitted on the House floor that “I have on occasion strayed from my marriage” and promptly resigned.

      ● Republican Dennis Hastert: Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) reportedly “began lobbying on the House floor within moments” of Livingston’s announcement, gaining the quick support of the Republican leadership and served as speaker from 1999 to 2007, to include the period while
      the Senate conducted their trial of Bill Clinton. Hastert has the distinction of being the longest serving Republican Speaker of the House in U.S. history. As NBC’s Chuck Todd reported last year, Hastert was selected by his Republican colleagues because “they were scandal-plagued at the time and he was considered the most ethical of the bunch. “ As it turns out, Hastert was indicted on charges that he illegally
      structured $1.7 million in payments to an individual in an attempt to cover up prior misconduct. According to reports, the payments were allegedly intended to “conceal
      sexual abuse against a former male student he knew during his days as a teacher in Yorkville, Ill.” The LA Times also reported that “investigators also spoke with a second man who raised similar allegations that corroborated
      what the former student said.”

      Republican HYPOCRITES Who Led The Impeachment Of Bill Clinton


      • david310

        Having dark secrets like that while being in a position of power will get you compromised. There are officials from foreign governments who knew about Denny Hasterts attraction to teenage boys. (Mainly turkish agents from what I’ve read.) They used that information to blackmail him, to get him to vote against certain things in congress (like the Armenian Genocide bill). They also had him turning over state secrets. They had him by the balls. Sounds like a movie, but this stuff happens. They find out what kind of illegal perverted stuff these guys are into, then they set them up with drugs or a hooker or a teenage boy… and get it on video. Google “Sibel Edmunds/Dennis Hastert” you’ll find some interesting reading. She’s a former FBI translator turned whistle blower. She’s been talking about Dennis for over a decade now. John Ashcroft slapped a bunch of gag orders on her, tried to get her to shut up.

    • Yatgirl Teh Bucket

      because forbidden fruit is delicious? and then when you can’t have it, you don’t want anyone to enjoy it, forbidden or not. i’m still laughing about the “gay-friendly” club. LOL

    • Doubting Thomas

      Because any day that happens is a day that ends in Y.

    • I agree with you…he who protest too much….one day you’re going to hear about Ted Cruz and his secret boyfriend.

      • Chance

        And his super creepy collection of tiny shoes?

      • Kevin Kelly

        You’re disgusting!

        • No sweetheart, Im fabulous.

          • Kevin Kelly

            No! You’re a deviant pervert!

    • Keyser Soze

      Conservatism is an ideology born of guilt and self hatred

    • Pablito

      Because repression is unnatural.

      • Kevin Kelly

        It’s called self-control. Try it.

    • Kevin Kelly

      It must be nice to be perfect.

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  • WagMoreBarkLess

    “I had to have a job!” The guy was a drag queen for 8 years, and that’s his excuse? He had to make ends meet (so to speak)?

    • thelastmoderate

      I was in the same predicament, once. I got a job delivering pizzas.

      • wbischo

        Pizza Delivery does not pay as much as ACTING IN A SHOW though, does it?

  • Lets_Think_Again

    Another sickening Republican hypocrite outed.

  • Twinkle

    ” From a religious standpoint “.
    That there says it all. They say homosexuals choose their orientation ? Wrong. The majority of heterosexuals choose their orientation because they fear the damnation of their ever-loving ” God “.

    The fact they’re letting a book rule their lives is pitiful and sad.

    • Sandy Moran

      No one chooses their orientation.

  • Karen Medlock

    Kudos to the man who outed this hypocrite. Public homophobes should not be allowed to cower in the closet.


    Demomosexuals and repomosexuals. See they all ile. Don’t lie if you can’t do the time when your lie is found out. Piece of low life sh*t. Be a man and take responsibility for your actions, all of ya. I do not care if he is gay, straight or anything else. The one thing that pisses me off is catching someone in a lie. Lie and you lost all trust. If I was him I would have said yeah that was me and proud of it. As long as he does a good job and is honest I could care less but you see he could never do a good job because he is a lair.

  • kkb

    Conservative religious reicht people don’t need to be in the closet or dress up in drag to be an embarrassment, all they need to do is BE.

  • ByakkoChan

    I don’t see how this weakens his position. Someone who was formerly a part of the community, who is now vocally against it? That’s actually a plus to him; you can no longer say he doesn’t know what he’s talking about; he does. He’s been there, and yet he still has decided this isn’t right, it isn’t moral, and he’s decided to step back, away from this lifestyle (apparently). Granted, if you found evidence he was STILL moonlighting somewhere, that would destroy his validity; but this only enhances it, it seems to me.

    • kkb

      omfg. You think he’s “stepped back.” I think he’s a raving lunatic. The only thing he’s “stepped back” is being obvious about it. This is the face of conservative religious reicht obsessive hypocritical lunacy across the board, IMHO.

  • ” I will survive. ” LOL

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  • david310

    So his reaction to this is basically, we’ve all have jobs we’re embarrassed by. I had to work somewhere… no need to read anything into this. I can see him at his kitchen table in his khaki’s and button down oxford shirt, looking through the employment section of the paper. “This economy is tough, there’s not much out there… looks like it’s either fry cook at Burger King or… the Odyessy is looking for drag queens. Huh. I guess I’ll apply for both and see what happens.”

  • Val Nyholm

    Article says former Drag Queen, i don’t buy it!!!

  • paulmsmith

    The only thing that he is guilty of is stunning hypocrisy. The most repulsive gay person is the one who uses his own self loathing to injure and denigrate other gays for being gay. Even more repulsive are those masquerading as gay to exploit other gays for monetary gain. This man should lose his bid for office because he has serious character flaws.

  • superbad2011

    “God speaks to me. Sometimes he sends me texts. What does STFU mean?”

    • alternate city

      You get that a lot?

      • superbad2011

        As much as you do.

        • alternate city

          I just asked a question. You made a statement.

          • superbad2011

            Yeh, well it’s not my statement. Little thing called quote marks there. Check it out.

  • Doubting Thomas

    Who wants to bet he’s a closeted gay man? One doesn’t just become a drag queen at a gay bar to make ends meet.

  • chuck

    What a hypocritical douchebag.

  • sethblink

    He says he had to be a drag queen because he didn’t inherit a million dollars. Did he ever consider that maybe his opponent HAD to inherit a million dollars because he knew he didn’t look good in women’s clothes?

  • Tony Vazquez

    Clearly, he’s embarrassed to be outed, dressing as and pretending to be the opposite of what he is; he defends it by saying he needed a job. I’m just not sure if that describes the drag queen gig or the Senate candidate gig.

  • MDWilson

    Republican politician: A person who strives mightily by day to outlaw that which s/he sneaks around to do by night. Syn.: Hypocrite.

  • Uroguy69

    So what else is new? Another slime-ball Publicant hypocrite. It’s a requirement for running for office. Douche-bag.

  • marecek21

    “You live life. And you chage. And you make yourself what you want yourself to ne.” Fine, so why does he wish to deny that to others?

  • Richard Harney

    When you “just have to have a job”, you work at the grocery store or fast food. You don’t suddenly just take up a gig at a gay club working the stage.

  • Robert Dean

    I knew him when he went by the name Fonda Peters.

  • DIE_BankofAmerica_PHUKKING_DIE

    Wiles VOLUNTEERED for the drag queen bit. He made his real money sucking off truck drivers and cops in the parking lot after the show.

  • BrendaG

    How much do you have to hate yourself and succumb to society’s hatred of you that you go against who you truly are? Ok, maybe you don’t want to dress in drag- but to persecute the very people who formerly supported you? What a hypocrite! I’m glad he’s the Republican running for Senate, so that Republicans who hate transvestites don’t vote for him. Then maybe NC can get some decent Democrats to represent them.

  • DWMontgomery

    You know what’s sad about this? That he’s embarrassed about being a drag queen. I wouldn’t give a crap if my elected representative was a drag queen earlier in his life; all I would be worried about was whether or not he’s representing his constituency honourably. Of course, his hypocrisy in this matter is also very sad, but does anybody hate him for being a former drag queen? They shouldn’t, but they do, but only because he sees it as shameful and embarrassing. I’d rather my candidate be open about being a former drag queen than shamefully attempting to hide it, and then passing it off with some half-assed excuse.

  • Kevin Kelly

    So what? I can dig up pictures of Jay Leno in drag. Does that make him gay?

    • Jay Leno isnt leading a band of fellow republicans to pass laws discriminating other human beings, is he?

      • Kevin Kelly

        Do you even know what the word means? It’s no more than choosing one thing over another. It’s called free choice. Someone should not be forced to honor someone else’s behavior, if it violates the principles that they keep close to their heart. People discriminate every day. Vanilla or chocolate. Hamburger or hotdog. Coffee or tea. Apparently, you think forcing someone to like you, makes you likeable? Hahahahahahaha!

      • Kevin Kelly
      • Kevin Kelly

        Discriminating against other human beings? Someone who openly professes to engage in defiant behavior, doesn’t deserve special behavior. Walk into a Muslim bakery and demand a cake for a gay wedding. Don’t you people have people who will bake cakes?