Bizarrely compared to Republican heroes
Former Rep. Jim Kolbe, elected to congress in 1984, after losing to Jim McNulty in 1982, has died of a stroke at age 80. A Republicrat from Tucson, he is eulogized with accolades befitting a truly noble man…which the long-term congressman was not. Pima County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bronson lavished Kolbe with praise in a tweet, claiming he “was old school Republican in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower – a friend of business and the environment.”
Omitted was the 1980’s scandal in which the openly gay Kolbe was embroiled, causing him to leave congress when it was revealed he was soliciting sex from male congressional pages as was his Massachusetts democrat colleague Gerry Studds. Former House Clerk Jeff Trandahl told ABC News that Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe was one of a small number of “problem members.” This exposé detailing Kolbe’s predilection for young teen boys appeared in the Washington Post Oct. 9, 2006. Kolbe retired within two months of the report being published.
Longtime Arizona political observers will remember Kolbe was forced “out of the closet” by the ever-so-compassionate Gay DC Media… who threatened him after he announced his “yes”vote for the Defense Of Marriage Act.
After leaving Congress, Kolbe served on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations under democrat President Barack Obama. An open-borders advocate and supporter of in-state tuition for illegals, pro-abortion Kolbe left the Republican Party and became a registered Independent in 2018 after the election of Donald Trump. He endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
Memo to Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson: Neither Teddy Roosevelt nor Dwight Eisenhower were known to be sexual predators, nor did they endorse far leftist democrats or their ideologies. Confusing Jim Kolbe with either of them is beyond foolish.
Jim Kolbe was married to Sarah Dinham, a UofA psychology professor for 15 years. He later married Panamanian native Hector Alfonso in 2013.