By know you’ve all heard that Mike Rogers over at BlogActive has apparently “outed” Andre Bauer. Rogers reportedly has a 100% success rate or something like that in outing closet cases, most notably Larry Craig and Mark Foley. I could care less. Joe McCarthy had a list of names and a mouth that was full of shit.

Now, regardless of whatever my opinions may be, opinions based on little to no evidence, I simply don’t see where I or the City Paper can state with any sort of confidence that Rogers’ claim is true. Until you show us a video of Andre snorting a line of snow off the taut ass of a Chippendale dancer, then there’s not a whole lot to see beyound just gossiping around the water cooler. (And, if and when such an imaginary video is ever released, I hope to God it is not that night vision goggle crap. If I wanted to see little green beasties get all bump and grindy, I’d watch Gremlins. That scene in the movie theater is hot.)

That said, I’m completely surprised that a major news outlet — regionally speaking — has jumped on the story. And that outlet in question is Columbia’s WIS-TV.

Here’s what they had to say:

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer wants to talk about where he would take the state if Gov. Mark Sanford leaves office. And unless Sanford decides to step down soon, making Bauer his successor, the lieutenant governor will likely run for the number one job.

But since his remarks on the subject last week, Bauer has become a target — first, accusations on a web site claiming that the 40-year-old bachelor is gay.

That post has been picked up and repeated on other sites. We found at least 17 of them, all despite Bauer’s previous denials. On Tuesday came strong condemnation from some of Bauer’s closest advisers.

Said communications director Frank Adams, “Rumors, gossip, lies, innuendo….a bunch of scurrilous crap.”

Later:

One Republican strategist says things like this don’t happen in a vacuum.

He says someone in the party and perhaps a number of people believe Bauer has a good chance to become governor and decided to throw a “hand grenade” to stop him now.

Another party activist says even though they may have reached thousands of people, the claims by bloggers are not bound by the truth and should be ignored.

Meanwhile, Will Folks at FITSNews is reporting that a group of, um, “plumbers” just might be behind the alleged “outing.”

The Folks brief also includes a bit on Bobby Harrell. But since this is Will Folks, caveat emptor.