May 7, 2014 at 11:30 am EDT | by Staff reports
N.C. Republican worked as drag queen

Steve Wiles, gay news, Washington BladeWINSTON-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.

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