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Michael Huffington

Michael HuffingtonBorn: 3-Sep-1947
Birthplace: Dallas, TX

Gender: Male
Religion: Greek Orthodox [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual [2]
Occupation: Government
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congressman from California, 1993-95

Oil millionaire Michael Huffington bought himself a seat in the House of Representatives in 1992, spending $5.6 million of his own money to defeat incumbent Robert Lagomarsino (R-CA). It was the most expensive House seat in history. Two years later, he and wife Arianna Huffington hired GOP political strategist Ed Rollins to run Michael's campaign for the U.S. Senate, challenging Democrat Dianne Feinstein. According to Rollins' 1996 autobiography:

"Do you think I'm gay?" Michael asked.

"It's totally irrelevant what I think, and I truly couldn't care one way or another. But the stories are all over New York, Houston, and Washington, and the press is starting to pick up on them. We're getting questions about it every day. If there are any bombshells out there, it's better to be prepared for them in advance. If there's any truth to any of it, the Feinstein camp will be the first to know."

"I'm not going to answer any questions like that from you or anybody else," he said, and the meeting was over. It was the most bizarre answer I'd ever gotten from a candidate. There was no sense of outrage at such a personal query. It wasn't that he protested too much; he didn't protest at all.

He did react to a similar inquiry of mine after a story appeared in which a former staff member complained Huffington was always hugging him. He told me he always hugged his employees. I kiddingly responded that he'd never hugged me. "You're too short," he replied. I've never been more relieved to be short in my life.

However, Huffington disputes that this conversation ever occurred:

The conversation that Ed Rollins describes in his book never took place. It is pure fiction. He never, ever, brought up the subject of my sexual orientation. It should be deleted from your website since it is totally false.

In an October 1994 puff piece, columnist George Will decried the "anonymous and ad hominem" attacks against the freshman Congressman:

The New Yorker warns that an unnamed source says Huffington washes his hands frequently. Vanity Fair reports that "rumors have swirled about his sexual preference" and an unnamed gay source says of Huffington (the married father of two young girls), "I wouldn't be amazed if he thought in a couple of directions."

In 1998, after having divorced Arianna, ex-Congressman Michael Huffington finally revealed to Esquire that he was in fact bisexual. this despite having told himself 18 years prior: "I am straight, I will get married. I will have children. I will never sleep with another man again."

When Arianna ran for California governor during the 2003 recall election, Michael instead endorsed Arnold Schwarzenegger, who he described as "a charismatic leader."


[1] Raised Presbyterian.

[2] David Brock, "The Strange Odyssey of Michael Huffington", Esquire, 1 January 1999. "He doesn't seem gay to himself. Gay means so much more, carries so much cultural baggage, and he's not that. The word gay just doesn't describe him. It really doesn't... But he is homosexual. It wasn't a choice; it can't be changed. Lord knows, he tried." Later a direct quote, "I now know that my sexuality is part of who I am. It's not unlike other things in my life. I was not interested in the oil business, not the whole time I worked there. It seems I had to do a lot of things to find out they were not what I wanted to do."

Father: Roy M. Huffington (Texas oilman, b. 1917, d. 2008)
Mother: Phyllis Gough Huffington
Sister: Terry Huffington Dittman
Wife: Arianna Huffington (m. Apr-1986, div. Jun-1997, two daughters)
Daughter: Christina
Daughter: Isabella

    High School: Culver Military Academy, Culver, IN (1965)
    University: BA Economics, Stanford University (1970)
    University: BS Engineering, Stanford University (1970)
    University: MBA, Harvard Business School (1972)

    US Congressman, California 22nd (1993-95)
    It's My Party Too Board of Directors
    Log Cabin Republicans
    Republican Leadership Council Board of Directors
    Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee
    Wedding: Michael Huffington and Arianna Stassinopoulos (1986)


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