Republican Rep. Randy Boehning is doing major damage control after a Grindr user revealed that the North Dakota lawmaker had sent him nude photos.
Dustin Smith of Bismarck, North Dakota contacted media with allegations that Boehning had sent him sexually-oriented messages and an unsolicited nude photo through the gay dating app Grindr. Boehning chatted under the user name "Top Man!".
Boehning initially declined to comment on the accusations, but eventually came clean and admitted to the exchange and his homosexuality.
"That's what gay guys do on gay sites, don't they?" Boehning said. "That's how things happen on Grindr. It's a gay chat site. It's not the first thing you do on that site. That's what we do, exchange pics on the site."
Boehning added, "The 1,000-pound gorilla has been lifted. I have to confront it at some point."
The 52-year-old legislator is known for voting against Senate Bill 2279, which seeks to protect LGBT citizens in North Dakota from discrimination. Interesting.
Boehning contends that he was outed as part of a retaliation scheme by other House lawmakers over his 2279 vote, but he has yet to provide details to support the claim. Smith, a 21-year-old with no apparent ties to the Capitol, says that he spoke out on his own volition after seeing Boehning's photo the day after the vote.
Smith recently told press in an interview, ""How can you discriminate against the person you're trying to pick up?"