Photo: Roberto Arango
So I’m about to put away my thinking cap and start my Friday night when the news breaks of the latest sex scandal involving yet another Republican senator.
Normally I wouldn’t bother commenting on it, but this time it involves a Puerto Rican politician, meaning from the actual island of Puerto Rico. It appears as though the senator and estadista Roberto Arango has been caught with his pants down and in a compromising position – literally.
Now the issue here isn’t whether Sen. Arango is gay (he is) or whether he takes nude pictures of himself (he does) or whether he posted pictures on the gay dating website Grindr (he did). What annoys me is his official response to the scandal:
“You know I’ve been losing weight. As I shed that weight, I’ve been taking pictures. I don’t remember taking this particular picture but I’m not gonna say I didn’t take it. I’d tell you if I remembered taking the picture but I don’t.”
Sen. Arango is a member of the Partido Nuevo Progresista, which is basically the island’s equivalent of the Republican Party. The gay men’s magazine Instinct claims that the senator is anti-gay, and if that’s true, then the photos are truly a scandal.
When will politicians, liberal and conservative, just admit to their sexual orientations? And more important, why is it any of the voters’ business what their elected officials do behind closed doors?
The best thing Sen. Arango can do is say, “I’m gay. So what?” Because it’s not a shame that he’s been taking nude photos of himself and putting them on a gay website; it’s a shame that he’s denying it.
Sen. Arango, pull your pants up and do the right thing. The people of Puerto Rico will forgive you.
Hector Luis Alamo, Jr.