A club owner in North Carolina has told the Winston-Salem Journal that Steve Wiles, an anti-gay marriage GOP senate candidate, was a drag queen working under the name Miss Mona Sinclair in the early 2000s.
Randy Duggins, the co-owner of Club Odyssey, said he recognized Wiles when a photo of the candidate appeared in the paper.
Wiles, who supports North Carolina's constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, first denied having worked at the club, according to the Journal.
But a few weeks after the image came out, Wiles posted a lengthy apology on Facebook, at which he noted "My job was embarrassing—I had to have a job!" His full comments, via The Daily Mail, are below.
"I think that everyone has their own choices to make, and I'm fine with everyone making their own. For me, from a religious standpoint, just for my life, for me, it just was not something that I wanted to continue."
But when the interviewer asked if Wiles himself was gay, he vehemently denied the accusation. "No, no, I really won't make any comments on that," he said.
Steve Wiles p.k.a. Miss Mona Sinclair is running for state senate in a primary election on May 6.