GOP State Senator John Carona to Colleague Dan Patrick: I Heard You're Gay, But I Never Said It

When Republican state senators attack!!!! (Things get extremely passive-aggressive.)

Texas state senators Dan Patrick, Tomball's Own, and Dallas's John Carona got in a nasty e-mail fight first discovered by the Quorum Report.

QR is behind a paywall, but some subscribers have posted highlights of the fight that began when Patrick e-mailed colleagues saying Carona "has told people outside the Senate that Jan and I are separated and may get divorced."

Carona replied he had not done so, but upped the ante in his own e-mail: "Though I have heard rumors regarding your marital status and sexual preferences for a while now, at no time have I told anyone that you are either separated, divorced or gay."

What the -- who said anything about being gay?

We guess you have to give him credit for managing to mention the horrible (to GOP senators) thing that he has never mentioned. Well played, Carona.

Patrick e-mailed colleagues to demand an apology from Carona, who he said is "at a very dark place in his life for some reason."

The two may wind up facing each other for interim lieutenant governor if David Dewhurst gets elected to the Senate. We look forward to hearing all the rumors they've heard but haven't repeated.

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