The old rumors, which resurfaced when Bob Dole picked Kemp as his vice presidential nominee, have refused to die -- even conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh weighed in yesterday by accusing the "militant gay and lesbian community" of running a smear campaign against Kemp. From what we've been able to dig up, the rumors date back to a friendship that Kemp had in when the then-NFL quarterback landed a job as a summer intern with California Governor Ronald Reagan. According to Lyn Nofziger , who was Reagan's communications director at the time, Kemp fell "under the wing" of Reagan's chief of staff, Executive Secretary Phillip Battaglia. Then up popped rumors that Battaglia was gay. The rumors were spawned, in part, by a series of parties Battaglia supposedly threw for staffers at Lake Tahoe. According to rumor, the parties evolved into all-male gatherings by evening's end.
His wife met his eye. Yes, Joanne Kemp confessed, she had mixed some peanut butter into the cookie batter. Kemp shook his head and went off to take a call from an aide to discuss Bretton Woods and other fine points of monetary policy. On matters such as cookies, the nine-term Congressman from the Buffalo suburbs can get tough.
Donald J. Trump and Speaker Paul D. Ryan have profoundly different approaches to politics.
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