WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Reports emerged late last week that a Republican North Carolina Senate candidate who supports the state’s same-sex marriage ban was once a drag queen who worked at a gay nightclub.
The Winston-Salem Journal on May 3 cited the co-owner of the now closed nightclub who said Steve Wiles worked as Mona Sinclair. A former employee with whom the newspaper also spoke confirmed the Republican worked at Club Odyssey in Winston-Salem.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Wiles initially denied he worked at the nightclub as Mona Sinclair.
“I have already apologized to the people who matter most to me for the things I did when I was young,” the Republican told the newspaper last week.
Wiles, a real estate agent who lives in nearby Belews Creek, ran against incumbent state Sen. Joyce Krawiec (R-Winston-Salem) and Dempsey Brewer in the May 6 Republican primary to succeed state Sen. Pete Brunstetter who resigned late last year.
Krawiec defeated Brewer and Wiles. She will square off against Democrat John Motsinger in November’s general election.