I don't know what it is about me and Sundays.
I got an email from a friend of mine about the (now nationally newsworthy) Tom Malin ordeal (Story by Grommer Jeffers and Brooks Egerton). "Here's an opportunity for Christians to prove they believe in the power of redemption," she points out lightheartedly.
After reading the Dallas Morning News story, one Tom Malin quote stuck in my head: "I don't regret my past, nor do I wish to shut the door on my past."
Since he says he doesn't mind, let's look at Malin's past.
Malin started out (at least his online) career as a gay prostitute working in New York and Los Angeles sometime around the summer of 2000.
[WARNING: the following links contain graphic pictures and are extremely inappropriate for minors]
In Malin's first website, he pulls his underwear down, shows off his behind, and advertises himself as "Todd Sharpe; model and porn star." A blog site, with even more pictures, advertises Malin as "the most accommodating bottom in L.A."
Another blog website, which apparently reviews gay prostitutes, showed the following entry from Todd Sharpe in January, 2001:
"Hey there. I saw a review I got this week that said I wasn't taking on new clients. This is not true. I would like to retire soon (April), but I am still hosting existing clients and future guys as well."
The same website lists Todd Sharpe as "no longer escorting" as of 9/16/2002. September, 2002 was not quite 3 1/2 years ago.
The news apparently caught the Democratic Party off guard including Domingo Garcia. The DMN story quotes Domingo as saying "obviously we will have to reconsider our decision based on the new information."
How did Tom Malin's past become public? Malin certainly didn't reveal it himself and the Dallas Morning News apparently knew nothing of it before endorsing him. Instead, it was a concerned fellow Democrat who blew the whistle.
So let's get back to this "redemption" idea.
Malin's campaign website opens quoting scripture: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." He follows with a monologue detailing God's forgiveness, grace and redemption, leading in to the politics of the day.
"This election is not about me personally," says Malin.
But it is.
It is about a person who, perhaps as recent as 3 1/2 years ago, was "turning tricks" as a gay prostitute.
It is about a person who quotes scripture and claims redemption, yet who doesn't "regret" his past.
It is about a person who has a campaign claiming "integrity and character based in love, forgiveness and grace," but who hid the truth from supporters and those he wishes to serve.
Malin went on to say he didn't wish to "shut the door on [his] past." But he certainly didn't elaborate. So here are some questions that remain:
- Malin claims service on the Dallas Police Review Board and the Civil Service Board. What were his dates of service?
- When did Malin start and retire from his career in prostitution? What's the chronology of the rest of his background (i.e. "when was your career with Mary Kay, etc.")?
- Why wasn't he forthcoming with, what he knew would be, big news?
- When did he believe the truth about his prostitution career would become public? What impact did he believe it would have? Perhaps most important: does he feel this is a fair way to treat those whose trust he's asking for?
- Are there any other "skeletons" in Tom Malin's closet?
We'll ask him and tell you what he said. Perhaps we can learn whether Tom Malin is really the "changed" person he claims to be, or simply a politician who used to turn tricks, and now quotes Bible scripture to turn votes.