Noah Dyer bones. And he wants to be governor of Arizona.
Dyer, who has not held public office before and is running as a Democrat, disclosed his sexual history on his campaign website in an effort to be transparent.
His campaign site features a "Scandal and Controversy" section in which he gets explicit about his past.
Rather than let people dig up his past and create scandal, he put it all up front and on display for all to see.
The "Scandal and Controversy" features mini-sections on religion (he has some nasty Facebook posts about intolerance), personal finances (he has $100,000 student loan debt), family (he's divorced) and privacy (not a fan of government spying, but would spend a year on camera).
But by far the most fascinating part of this is his disclosures about sex. Dyer's website says he is "an advocate of open relationships." It adds,
He's had group sex and sex with married women. He has sent and received intimate texts and pictures, and occasionally recorded video during sex.
The website says these relationships have all been "legal and consensual, never coercive, or abusive" and that he is "forthright with his partners." It continues,
Noah is unapologetic about his sexual choices, and wishes others the same safety and confidence as they express themselves.
Dyer said he put this all out there to avoid being brought down by what he considers to not be scandalous actions.
He told The Daily Dot,
I think we have had a great number of politicians ruined by scandal. These were people sunk by personal matters. They were doing good things and were well loved, and it ruins [them]. I think that's unfortunate.
All you have to do is say "Anthony Weiner" three times in the mirror to conjure exactly what Dyer's talking about.
Dyer wanted to put this all out there before someone else did. He said,
It was either put this stuff front and center and talk about it now, or I would build up a bunch of political momentum and have somebody else bring it up and talk about it. Because it's not hidden. I haven't been embarrassed about it. I just decided to bring it up now. I am a genuine and honest person, and I want people to know things.
Dyer's openness about his sexual and Facebook-ranting history may mark a new era for politicians.
As generations age, we're reaching a point where all people running for office will have some sort of digital trail to dig up. Meanwhile, we're a generation more open to sexuality in a variety of forms.
So rather than hide from it or apologize, candidates may instead decide to get in front of the story and thereby neutralize scandals.
On the other hand, however, this could open the door further to some amount of chaos in politics. Just looking at recent history, being true to your sexual urges doesn't necessarily make you a great guy or politician.
After all, Weiner's extramarital sexting arguably helped bring down Hillary Clinton, and sexting with your child right next to you is, uh, gross. On the other side of the Clinton marriage, hooking up with a young intern is gross.
And grabbing women by the pussy — even if you're open about it! — is, you guessed it, gross (and illegal!).
That's also why it's so important Dyer included that his relationships have been kosher, if not strictly traditional.
It's certainly an interesting strategy, and we'll see how it works out.