This is the sort of thing you do if you're right-wing and are incapable of shame:
Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman on Monday said he is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from joining the National Football League.That would be the same Jack Burkman who in 2006 -- at a time when he was working as a lobbyist for the Family Research Council -- became Internet-famous for meeting two women at the Pride Parade and offering them money if they'd have sex with him. (The women recounted his proposition on MySpace, and their report was later picked up by Wonkette.) A year later, his name showed in the call records of "D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey:
Burkman in a statement said he has garnered political support for the bill, though his statement didn't mention any specific lawmakers who are behind it.
"We are losing our decency as a nation," Burkman said in a statement. "Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to?"
Via Citizens for Legitimate Government:And also see this from a woman who was creeped out after a 2011 encounter with him on a D.C. street.
The phone number for GOP political operative/conservative pundit, John (Jack) M. Burkman Jr. - Principal J.M. Burkman & Associates, Arlington, VA - appears in the database of phone records of the 'DC Madam.' From the phone logs: 2006-01-15 18:44 1.00
Burkman is also known for having seconded Ann Coulter's smears of 9/11 widows who sought more information about the attacks:
On MSNBC's Scarborough Country, Republican strategist Jack Burkman, echoing right-wing pundit Ann Coulter, whom he was defending, declared that "within hours of those [World Trade Center] towers going down," the wives of victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks "were ready to make money and exploit this tragedy!"He also once made a remark on Fox Business Network that was so racist even former senator Al D'Amato thought it was over the line:
... Burkman demanded that people ask "some questions about these widows, these witches of New Brunswick," and wondered how long it took the widows to "hire PR agents" after the 9-11 attacks: "Did they wait two days? Did they wait a month?" Burkman then surmised that "I think it was done in the first week." Burkman then "challenge[d]" the 9-11 widows "to a debate" about the allegations, but suggested that the widows would decline "because they have a lot to hide" and "don't want the nation to see" their desire to "exploit this tragedy."
... Burkman said that the United States Postal Service employs unskilled Nigerians, and at one point said that "most of these guys working in the post office should be driving cabs." Former U.S. Senator Al D'Amato (R-NY) rebuked Burkman by stating, "You are a nasty racist. ... That's a bunch of bullshit. And you should be ashamed of yourself and have your mouth washed out. What the hell are you talking about?"None of this, of course, has prevented Burkman from having the D.C. lobbying firm with the biggest client-list increase in 2013. Because that's our political culture.