Some guy named Doug Mainwaring, who claims to be a gay Tea Partier opposed to marriage equality, was given an OpEd in the Washington Post. According to the Post, “The writer is a co-founder of the National Capital Tea Party Patriots.” That raises a number of questions including why WaPo would give ink to this crackpot. Is it simply because he claims to be a gay opposing marriage equality? Moreover, exactly who is this guy? Does WaPo even know? Have they done any vetting or did they give space to a staffer at NOM pretending to be gay. Here is my email from earlier today.

From: David Cary Hart


Subject: Questionable Authorship

Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:24:12 -0400

Doug Mainwaring, the (supposed) author of an OpEd on marriage equality
may not exist. Does anyone know his work or academic background? Does
anyone know the size of his supposed Tea Party group? Does anyone even
know that he is not just a pseudonym for a staffer at National
Organization for Marriage? Was this arranged by Mission Public
Affairs/Frank Schubert?

National Capital Tea Party Patriots seems to exist here: mention of Mainwaring.

Click the profile tab which provides a link to their independent website
at: which redirects to a

Mr. Mainwaring claims to be gay and opposed to gay marriage. He also
claims to have once supported same. Can anyone at WP point to anything
that this guy ever wrote in support of marriage equality?

Does he get to write an OpEd at the Post because he claims to be that
odd gay who is opposed to gay marriage? If, in fact, he really his who
he says that he is, WP has fed a very sad person’s personality disorder.
Even then, WHO IS this guy?

David Hart, South Beach

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.