Co-founder of The Lincoln Project and a longtime Republican aide John Weaver has admitted sending “inappropriate” messages to several men while offering them work in exchange for sex. He has also stepped down from the anti-Trump super-PAC.
In a statement to the AXION, Weaver said: ““To the men I made uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations at the time: I am truly sorry. They were inappropriate and it was because of my failings that this discomfort was brought on you,”
He added: “The truth is that I’m gay. And that I have a wife and two kids who I love. My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place.”
The shocking revelation comes after several men took to social media last week and accused the political strategist of sending them unsolicited and sexually suggestive messages.
A report by investigative news website Forensic News claimed that at least 30 young men had come forward, accusing Weaver of sending them unsolicited pictures, flying “politically-ambitious men to his location for massages,” and offering jobs in exchange for sexual relations. In total, more than 20 people, all young men, affirmed that Weaver regularly used the phrase “my boy” in Direct Messages. Most of them opined that this phrase was used by Weaver in a way to “groom” them.
What is Grooming? Grooming is a preparatory process in which a perpetrator gradually gains a person’s or organization’s trust with the intent to be sexually abusive. The victim is usually a child, teen, or vulnerable adult
The Lincoln Project did not comment on the development. Notably, it had hosted a dedicated page for Weaver as of January 10, describing him as “a political consultant with years of experience…[who] has served as chief strategist to scores of Governors and U.S. Senators,” but the page has been removed now. However, while apologizing for his misconduct Weaver said he is no longer with the Lincoln Project.
He also wrote: “While I am taking full responsibility for the inappropriate messages and conversations I want to state clearly that the other smears being leveled at me … are categorically false and outrageous.”
Weaver has served as a political strategist for George H.W. Bush, John McCain and John Kasich. He is best known for his work on the John McCain presidential campaigns of 2000 and 2008. In between, he also worked for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.