The late William Donald Schaefer, former governor of my old home state, in my mind embodied everything wrong with Maryland's political culture: provincialism, a might-makes-right ethos, redistribution of wealth from the political have-nots to the political haves, the view that rules and responsibilities are for other people, "solving" problems by putting makeup on a cancer lesion, and the belief that government involvement is both necessary and sufficient for everything good. He would have made a wonderful villain in an Ayn Rand novel.
Rumors have long circulated that Schaefer was on the DL. Some commentators argue that he could have done much good by coming out. Nonetheless, I do not particularly want people like Schaefer playing for my team, as they would confirm the stereotype of LGBT activists as moochers and looters.