Monday, August 29, 2005

John Behan Comes Out of the Closet

It may have been the worst kept-secret in the Virginia blogosphere (the Washington Post identified him publicly weeks ago), but "John Behan" has outed his real identity as Chad Dotson, Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney, on his excellent blog, Commonwealth Conservative.

One of my pet peeves has always been anonymity. But obviously, there were reasons why Chad, as an elected public official, might have wanted some. Certainly, Chad had none of the reasons --- vile and vicious criticism; cowardly fear of appropriate retribution from those against whom they carp --- that some have to maintain their anonymity. In the Virginia blogosphere, Chad is the equivalent of Rush Limbaugh, the "Godfather," and a genuinely nice guy.

This weekend's blogging summit in C-ville already has produced one positive result, even if the bon mot of my title above gratuitously invites charges of homophobia.

1 comment:

Chad said...

Thanks for noticing. It just didn't make any sense to keep the pseudonym, since everyone knew who I was anyway.

Thanks also for the kind words -- too kind, I would say, but I'm not going to object very loudly. :)

Keep up the great work.