Well, these kinds of stories are always so shocking! Gawker has the goods:
Carl Kruger is a Democratic state senator from Brooklyn. His vote against gay marriage last year was crucial in stopping the measure in New York. Funny thing: He lives with his gay lover, who’s the bagman in their bribery racket.
Yesterday, a criminal complaint against Kruger was unsealed in federal court in the southern district of New York, lifting the veil from what must be one of the most satisfyingly convoluted and brazen cases of self-loathing gay political figures in our time.
First, the bribery: Kruger, the feds charge, conspired with a state lobbyist named Richard Lipsky to shake down clients for Kruger’s vote. He’s charged with accepting bribes from Lipsky to funnel state money to various New York City projects being developed by Forest City Ratner, as well as trying to curtail the state’s recycling laws. When the feds raided Lipsky’s Upper West Side apartment, they found “$102,000 in cash from a safe in a closet and $4,000 ‘in crisp, large denominational bills from the pocket of a suit belonging to Lipsky,’” according to the New York Post.
Now, about that lifestyle! Kruger, who was one of four Democrats who killed gay marriage in New York last year (along with face-slasher Hiram Monserrate), ostensibly lives with his sister in Brooklyn. But according to the Post, neighbors there “said either that they did not recognize him or that he was rarely, if ever, there.” That might be because he actually lives in this gaudy 7,000 squareifoot home with the Turano family—Michael, his brother Gerard, and their mother Dorothy. Kruger is, according to the complaint, essentially a member of the Turano family. “He helped manage the household and shop for groceries,” the Times says, and even help pick out a gravestone for the family plot.”
Michael Turano and Kruger lived together, they co-mingled their finances, and Kruger helped look after Turano’s aging mother. There have been plenty of secretly gay politicians who opposed gay marriage; Kruger appears to be the first secretly gay-married pol to have done so.
Oh, there is SO MUCH MORE. Read it all, read it all, it’s juicy and scandalous.
Being a self-hating gay only pays for so long, guys.