Senator Roberto Arango of Puerto Rico
has resigned after being accused of posting naked pictures of himself
on mobile gay male hookup site Grindr, the AP reported.
The AP story quotes Senate President
Thomas Rivera Schatz saying Arango presented his letter of
resignation after a meeting over the weekend.
Arango is a member of the Republican
Party. He vice-chaired the 2004 reelection campaign of George W.
Bush. In 2009, he voted in favor of a measure that sought to
constitutionally ban gay marriage in Puerto Rico.
The Puerto Rican TV show Dando
Candela presented the conservative lawmaker with a photograph of
a man, naked except for a pendant necklace, whose face was obscured
by an iPhone as he snapped a photo of his reflection in a mirror.
Arango didn't exactly deny he was the
subject in the photograph: “You know I've been losing weight. As
I shed that weight, I've been taking pictures. I don't remember
taking this particular picture but I'm not gonna say I didn't take
it. I'd tell you if I remembered taking the picture but I don't.”
“It would be my pleasure to tell you
I'm the person in this photograph, but honestly I don't remember,”
he said with a big smile. (The video, in Spanish, is embedded in the
right panel of this page.)
When the reporter asked if he owned an
iPhone, Arango said he used an iPhone and a Blackberry.
In a second report, the outlet dug up
photos of Arango wearing a similar necklace as the one in the
another photo, allegedly from the same Grindr account, the man
bends over on a bed to snap a shot of his naked bum.
Arango is a graduate of Louisiana State
University. He and his wife have one child.