McCollum: Rekers Was "The Best Expert"

Surprise! Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum still opposes gay adoption -- notwithstanding the spectacular downfall of his hand-picked anti-gay expert, George Alan Rekers.

"I don't believe the gay family model is good for kids," McCollum said this week to the Sun-Sentinel -- which duly noted that one of his campaign advisers is a gay man with a husband and two kids. Details, really.

McCollum also wants everyone to know that it wasn't a mistake to rent Rekers, as it were, to testify against gay adoption in 2008 -- and then overpay him by double in possible violation of contract terms.

New Times caught Rekers in May coming back from a two-week vacation in Europe with a 20-year-old male escort, igniting international headlines and a scandal for McCollum--who was then the front-runner for governor, and now trails Republican rival Rick Scott and Democrat Alex Sink.

Poor, put-upon McCollum: How could he have known "that" about Rekers when he hired him in 2008?
Here's McCollum's weaseling excuse to The Sun-Sentinel, with references to "the hullabaloo" and "that":

"Knowing what I know now, I would never have hired him. But at the time, I think it was the appropriate thing to do. We followed the advice of our appellate counsel who was trying to prepare a case for appeal[...]

Now, with all of the hullabaloo that's gone on over him, of course I wouldn't have if I'd known that about him. But I didn't know that about him.

He was the best expert available and willing to testify."

This is just the latest in a line of shabby lies and distortions out of McCollum ever since Rekers' epic EuroTrip:
  • Initially, McCollum claims that the Department of Health and Human Services hired Rekers. Documents surface showing that McCollum insisted on Rekers -- over the strong objections of both Health and Human Services and his own assistant attorney general.
  • McCollum says there was a "thorough search" for a witness, but "not a whole lot of choice." Then it emerges that 30 expert witnesses were considered. Thirty.
  • McCollum says: "I think there should be no doubt about the fact that he actually performed the function that he was asked to do, he did the work." In fact, Rekers' testimony was trashed by the presiding judge as absolutely worthless.

When it comes out that Rekers was paid nearly $120,000 for his worthless testimony, double the amount stipulated in his contract, McCollum says: "This is not a case of overpaying him, he was paid a reasonable fee." But the Miami Herald reports: "A 2008 Florida purchase requisition states that no payment to Rekers should exceed $60,900."

Thanks to McCollum's personal intercession, Rekers took the stand, where he also condemned adoption by Native-Americans and carefully distanced himself from another anti-gay pseudo-academic, Paul Cameron.

Don't know Cameron? He's a close friend of both Rekers and the other expert witness hired by McCollum. Cameron has said that gays with HIV/AIDS should be quarantined, and, in a 1999 research paper, wrote admiringly of Rudolf Hoss's punishment regimen for homosexuals in the Nazi concentration camps. None of this stopped Cameron's research from being cited in another 2004 Florida case that upheld the gay adoption ban when Charlie Crist was attorney general. At the time, who vouched for Cameron's character to the state? None other than George Rekers.

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