New York Times: Hotelier Ian Reisner DID Make A Campaign Donation To Ted Cruz

Via the New York Times:

When the gay hoteliers Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass found themselves under siege for hosting a dinner for Ted Cruz, the Texas senator who is running for president and has been vociferously opposed to same-sex marriage, they repeatedly stressed that the event was not a fund-raiser.

“There were no checks given, it was nothing like that,” Mr. Reisner told New York magazine, after The New York Times first reported on the mid-April dinner at the Central Park South penthouse. Protests and calls for boycotts of Mr. Reisner’s and Mr. Weiderpass’s properties, including their groundbreaking hotel for gay clientele, the Out NYC, ensued.

As it turns out, Mr. Reisner himself wrote a check to Mr. Cruz’s presidential campaign, making a $2,700 donation — the maximum allowed in a nominating contest — around the time the dinner took place. But shortly after The Times reported on the dinner, where about 18 people sat down at two tables in separate areas of the palatial penthouse, Mr. Reisner called the campaign and asked for his check to be refunded.

“In the interest of transparency, I gave Senator Cruz a $2,700 check to show my support for his work on behalf of Israel,” Mr. Reisner said in a statement he provided after The Times learned of the donation from two people with direct knowledge of it. “When I realized his donation could be misconstrued as supporting his anti-gay marriage agenda, I asked for the money back. Senator Cruz’s office gave the money back, and I have no intention of giving any money to any politicians who aren’t in support of L.G.B.T. issues.”

According to the Times, Mati Weiderpass “seemed surprised” to learn about Reisner’s donation when asked about it last night at an event at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. At last night’s event, one of the speakers just happened to be Ted Cruz. (Tipped by JMG reader Bill)

  • BockMcMillan

    Hahaha I love it when liars get caught with their pants down. This is precious!

    • Todd20036

      It’s kind of fun when others are caught with their pants down too, but I am talking of a more carnal situation

      • Bock is a Swedish hottie. Most people would like to be caught with their pants down around him. He is going to give me complete hell when he sees these comments.

        • BockMcMillan

          Watch it Eddi… just saying!

    • You like it when Tomais gets caught with his pants down. I have the photos to prove it.

      • BockMcMillan

        Tomais never lies to me, although he does sometimes take his pants off for me 😉

  • TommyTune

    That’s it, Ian Reisner. You are anathema to the gay community, you are verboten. There is no forgiveness for you – ever!

    As I mentioned a while back, Reisner was featured on an episode of “Million dollar listing New York” that I happened to see while flipping channels one day, and he’s a TOTAL ASSHOLE. He deserves to be cast out by the gay community because he was never really a member of our community to begin with. He’s a member of the 1% community and that’s about it. That is the place where his true loyalties lie.

    • Todd20036

      Yup. He and Mehlman and and a few other quislings will have great cocktail parties together.

      • MikeBoston

        I hope the escorts Ian. Matti and Ken are hiring are doubling or tripling their price to hook up with these douche bags.

    • customartist

      I saw that episode.
      Aggressive arrogance with a smile.

      • TommyTune

        Nailed it!

    • timncguy

      It appears based on recent episodes that Ian will be appearing again in upcoming episodes of Million Dollar Listings New York. And, once again, he will be referring to the Latino real estate agent as “Ricky Ricardo”.

      • TommyTune

        I won’t be tuning in. I only did it last time because I was bored and nothing else was on that interested me.

      • grrrrr

    • Cousin Bleh

      I was actually starting to wonder if we were being too hard on them and was starting to feel a teensy bit of forgiveness.

      That’s passed.

      • I’m almost at the point where I think this is a calculated strategy to make us feel sorry for them just because they’re so fucking hopeless at any kind of strategic communications…

      • Dittoes, Cousin

    • Prion

      Your use of “anathema” reminded me of this. Loved Richard Burton’s voice …
      We need our own version of this! Maybe an FSM version?!? Now, where can we get some of those really long candles?

    • Michael Rush

      remember cameron the ” i’m better than you ” singer on the simpsons ?

    • OMG I want to say the guy is trying –well, ok, VERY trying– but minions of the 1% scare me bad. Cruz on the other hand is putting in all the work to be the AntiChrist.

  • welcome to the club, Boys. you two are now officially republicans, which civilized people call “lying hypocrites who only fold when they get caught.” enjoy the good company, you’ve got plenty. i’m sure they’ll fill your hotels.

    • b

      They just use the gay community for profit and to fund Israel, which is where their passions lie, along with narcissism. They donate to our causes as promotion funds for their businesses. They will lie, backtrack, weasel and squirm to do it.

      • Wrong! They don’t make ANY money off of us because we’re soooo cheap!

    • BobSF_94117

      They’re not Republicans. If they are, we could use more Republicans like them ONLY because the majority of their campaign contributions, like 80/20 go to Dem funds.

      They think they’re “players” and give to both sides. He has a huge blind spot when it comes to Israel and, as we see week after week, he’s just plain STUPID.

  • bambinoitaliano

    I don’t understand for someone who plead innocent, he seems to be dragging his feet coming clean. Obviously this guy is dirty beyond redemption. I’m not surprise he is trying to create a political career. Certainly has all the “qualities ” of a scumbag which would make a good representative in the political arena.

    • Todd20036

      He’d have to be a republican, and republicans are not very accommodating of out gay people. It’s why Lindsey Graham never admits to anything.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        With LGBT rights and visibility on the rise, the repugs will be looking for a few token gays (of the quisling variety) in the next few years.

    • Dramphooey

      “Oh, leg! You’re looking for a leg! Actually, I think there is one in there somewhere.”

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    What a pair of lying weaselpeckers!

    • Lakeview Bob

      I am afraid you are right. Deny, deny, lie, lie until you get busted and then try to get out of it.

    • geoffalnutt

      Gad. I love “weaselpeckers” so much I could explode up to the sky. A thing of beauty, indeed. Thank you.

    • kcken

      +1 on loving “Weaslepeckers” … heheh..

    • gaymex

      So unfair to weaselpeckers–a real thing. The hotel boys are much, much worse.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        Lol – That’s a flying weaselpecker.
        Ian and Mati are lying weaselpeckers.
        Different species.

        • Octavio

          My dreams will be haunted by that image for a long time.

        • gaymex

          lol. You’re right, but what’s an extra “f” or two among friends.

    • Ted

      Poor weasels. First it was “fuckweasel”. Now it’s “weaselpecker”.

      Which is worse?

      Actually, I used the word “fuckweasel” to describe someone about a month ago. The 3 other people at the table dropped into gobsmacked silence for about 1 second, then burst into laughter.

  • Pete

    This guy is a devious asshole, also a lier. I won’t patronize him or his partner EVER !

    • lymis

      Why not? He patronizes us every time he opens his mouth?

  • garyschor


  • Mike in Texas

    Well that does it. No more benefit of the doubt from me.

    • Lakeview Bob

      Me too. I cannot respect anyone who is that stupid.

  • customartist

    Bullshit really IS stinky!

    • Bill

      Now now…….we need to come up with another analogy and or word, because Bullshit does make excellent fertilizer for growing plants. I can think of a few wonderful words, but as Joe stated, many people of the opposite side read these comments to us against us.

  • BeaverTales

    Meh. Fire Island is overrated anyway. Knowing that many dollars spent there wind up in Ted Cruz’ pocket makes the appeal of visiting the place again even less.

    • Mark

      so……60% for Israel, 35% to Ted…leaving 5% for “the others”.

  • Lakeview Bob

    Oh brother! Can anyone that wealthy be that stupid? Really?

  • geoffalnutt

    As I’ve always said: there’s no such thing as a gay Republican. There’s just Republican. That’s it. The End.

  • AJD

    “When I realized his donation could be misconstrued as supporting his anti-gay marriage agenda, I asked for the money back.”

    Translation: “Upon realizing that my lie had been made public, I went into damage control overdrive.”

    There’s no “misconstruing” – if you support Ted Cruz in any way, shape or form, then you support his anti-gay agenda.

    As for his support of Israel, what Cruz and Reisner are supporting isn’t Israel or its right to exist and defend itself, but its illegal and repugnant policies like the West Bank settlements and denying the Palestinians a right to self determination.

    • Mark

      My thoughts as well only you stated it much better than I could have. Thank you!

    • Pretty much everything you said.

    • Cousin Bleh

      Best part of the statement: “In the interest of transparency.”

      Girl, you about as transparent as a puddle of santorum.

      • MarkOH

        If I could ONLY upvote you more for the use of “puddle of santorum”

    • Gigi

      Douche! (And not the good kind either.)

    • OrliJoe in Fla

      The levels of hypocrisy in this whole charade is astounding… quislings giving $$$ to people who want us exterminated and the exterminator taking $$$ from his prey. A whole new level of duggary.

    • Mark

      Here in Texas…they call that game “Hide the Jackass”.

    • Ron Robertson

      Reisner further proves my contention that being rich doesn’t mean you’re especially smart (in fact, usually quite the opposite). So what he’s saying, if he’s to be believed, is that he was so fucking stupid he gave money to Cruz and DID NOT know what a fuckwad Cruz is. If Reisner and his ilk ever had to live in the real world and fend for themselves, they’d be completely incompetent and unable to do so.

      • Strepsi

        I also ” for his work on behalf of Israel” also says something about the self-blinkering of Zionists, no matter their sexuality.

  • Jmdintpa

    he fits right in with the liars. at this point just shut up and enjoy your money and your wealth because its apparent you are he type that puts money above their own humanity.

  • bkmn

    It shows a complete lack of understanding of bigger issues that he would think of donating to Cruz.

  • chris10858

    If a politician like Ted Cruz sets himself against the LGBT community and works to harm us, he has made himself our enemy. If a person, gay or straight, aligns himself with these politicans, then he has also made himself an enemy of the LGBT community. We should give them no comfort or aid. We shouldn’t support their businesses and if we see them out in a bar or other LGBT event, we should boo them and let them know they re not welcome In our community.

  • Gustav2

    For those who criticized my “Out of state politicians don’t show up at a hot dog stand without a Paris Hilton appearance fee” comments:


  • Sam_Handwich

    • People4Humanity

      This never gets old.

  • timncguy

    did he also ask for his money back from anti-gay republican senator Ron Johnson after hosting a fund-raiser for him?

  • Lakeview Bob

    This only option left is to seek conversion therapy. He is gay in name only.

  • delk

    Keep digging.

  • Time to change the name of the hotel to OutCAST.

    • Lakeview Bob

      Good one.

    • Gerry Fisher


    • Hip Byroads

      With going out of business signs plastered all over the glass, and a sign on the door: Sorry, We’re Open!

    • lattebud

      Or “Foreclosed”

    • Trog

      I walk by the Out Hotel every day. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes busy and there’s even a line for the club. But I don’t think many of the patrons or parties are gay. It looks much more urban (read: black and straight) and also bachelorette party or corporate party. But I could be wrong.

  • Michael Rush

    just give ted cruz his check back and own your behavior . ted cruz will still think of you as one of those ” cheap gays ” .

  • timncguy

    Ian, just come right out and tell the world that you are a registered republican and you intend to vote for the republican candidate for president in 2016.

  • Mr Jordan

    When my grandma would use the word “chutzpah,” it wasn’t a compliment meaning courage or forthrightness — which is sometimes how I hear it used nowadays. The word is actually scornful, and it means shameless audacity or impudence.

    It takes a lot of chutzpah for Reisner to lie about writing a check for Cruz, since it’s so easy to obtain information about campaign contributions. Perhaps he’s gotten away with this sort of lie before. Not this time.

    • I do not know about “chutzpah”, but my grandmother would use the term “yutz” to describe Mr. Reisner when the grandchildren were not around. I think “paskudnyak” was another word she would use to describe him. She was an ILGWU union representative most of her life could not tolerate Republicans of any stripe.

    • another_steve

      Like so many Yiddish words, “chutzpah” has several shades of meaning, depending on context and the speaker’s tone.

      In that regard I think it’s like Chinese — where the same word can have 10 different aspects, depending on how it’s spoken.

  • mediamutt

    Armistead Maupin nailed it when he said these were exactly the kind of “A Gays” he was skewering in Tales of the City. Entitled, repugnant, and ready to sell out their brothers and sisters if it meant their continued privilege. Ick. ICK I SAY!

    • And they just wasted all that money buying a pity party PR puff piece in the New York Times. I wonder if they can get a refund.

      • Jim E.

        “…pity party PR puff piece…” I’m betting that was as fun to write as it was to read 🙂 Well done.

      • Chuck in NYC

        Well they were delusional if they thought it was going to be a puff piece. And after I read it I thought Mr. Sharif Jr. must really need this new job because if I had clients who continued to shoot themselves in the foot I’d resign the account.

        • lattebud

          In the foot?? More like the took out their front lobe and have no common sense. Or maybe the over use of Botox poisoned them and caused the brain damage?

      • John30013

        It definitely wasn’t a puff piece; as I read it, it was pretty disparaging of Reisner especially. It took pains to bring up the drug-induced death of the young man in his apartment (and his lame explanation), as well as his arrest and indictment for driving while impaired (I don’t recall if it was under alcohol, illicit drugs, or both). It also was none too flattering about Reisner’s personality.

        If Reisner thought he “bought” a PR puff piece, that’s definitely not what he got.

      • Trog

        A separate NY Times puff piece profiled them a week or so ago. It painted them as zany but likable goofballs who have a knack for embarrassing pratfalls, kinda like a Lucille Ball version of Tony Perkins.

    • I ended up going to an “A Gay” list party once when I worked for an ad agency and I ended up talking to the help in the kitchen most of the night. I never realized talking to the help was considered “down market behavior” until someone told me afterwards. I then got really drunk and wizzed all over the bathroom wall and laughed– I hope no one caught me doing this. I haven’t been invited to these parties since.

      • Stealth Whizzer

        I think there’s a security cam video of that posted to YouTube.

      • Gene

        I have always liked you.
        I love you right now 😉
        There are a few gays who have made enough money and are connected enough to get invited to those things even if they call bullshit on the bullshit when they hear it.
        As per the “down market behavior” thing, yeah, I can see that being seen that way. thats even more fun to call out. If someone is from one of the REAL old money established families, they DONT make comments like that, and when people do, its best to point out that their family came over in stearage not to many generations ago, so get over yourself.
        Reisner and his lot are loathsome, arrogant, and pathetic. None of us should touch his businesses with a ten foot poll

        • Gene

          clarification. I DONT see it that way, I just see how these snots would do so.

        • Thank you Gene! 🙂

      • Todd20036

        Sigh. I wish I were there to have witnessed that, or is that TMI?

        • Rich Farias

          Yellow there, Todd… come sit by me.

          • People4Humanity


      • Octavio

        I am now officially in love with you.

      • lattebud

        Oh such not “top drawer” behavior

      • People4Humanity

        “I haven’t been invited to these parties since.”
        Oh, someone caught you, darlin’.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I think Armistead used the word “creep.” Gotta love the verbal precision of an author.

  • StraightGrandmother

    Oh they are so dead meat.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      That StraightGrandmother just used By Felicia in a post has totally made my day.

      • Hal Watts

        StraightGrandmother is the smartest person in our JMG community!

    • Lawerence Collins

      Here you go.

  • anne marie in philly

    what a sneaky SOB! he is willing to throw his own people under the bus? inconceivable! this pisses me off, and I’m not even an LGBT person!

  • Fucking quisling.

  • Ish

    Just as bad: every penny this pig has given to anyone “on behalf of Israel” which means money spent on the murder and dispossession of indigenous Palestinian civilians, gay and straight.

    Just as bad: every penny given to Hillary Clinton, who shit on the gay community for twenty years and believes in women’s empowerment so much that she believes Iraqi women (and probably now Iranian women) have the right to be mass murdered by American bombing equally alongside Iraqi men.

    • Dramphooey

      In what fora do you participate that discuss the dispossession of the Palestinians? I’d like to visit these sites and discuss the cultivation of roses or possibly how long one can keep eggs before they go bad.

      • Ish

        I think a discussion of Israel is entirely apropos since that’s this fuckwad’s alibi, don’t you? Maybe you’re unhappy having your common ground with Cruz, Reisner and Weiderpass pointed out?

  • TJay229

    “In the interest of transparency, I gave Senator Cruz a $2,700 check…”

    • lattebud

      But she’d hold them for a good 40 minutes and clobber them with questions until they are sweating through the
      $10K suits…. well after the sweat makes it through their SpanX.

  • I am so glad to hear Reisner got his $2700 refunded. Now he can take that and buy some nuclear strength kneepads for sucking Dominionist cock at the RNC convention.

    Disgusting faggot.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      That should cover an evening with his next call-boy.

  • John Ruff

    What a piece of garbage! So he fucked over his gay brothers and sisters for his religion. Thanks asshole.

  • Dramphooey

    Did Reisner actually write a check or did he just give Cruz whatever change was in the pockets of the kid overdosed in the bathtub that weekend? “Now you make sure you don’t spend any of this money on anti-gay stuff, you little dickens.”

  • Of course he did. We are not fooled. In addition, he introduced his big money friends to Mr. Cruz and unofficially endorsed him by hosting him in his home. No one should believe anything that comes out of Reisner’s mouth.

  • Suspected Until Proven Guilty

    Lying motherfucker. Now that we’ve established his propensity for falsehoods, let’s revisit a discussion of that young man who “overdosed” in his apartment.

    • People4Humanity

      You aren’t suggesting that Ian made money from the drugs he sold to the twink?

      • Are You?

        You’re not suggesting that the young man was murdered in sex play are you?

        • People4Humanity

          Yes. Allegedly. I was. Allegedly.

  • Mark

    And Ian really thought Ted would put THAT $2700 in the “support Israel” bucket and not use it for anything else….Dumbass!!!

    Personally – I’m over and done with these two afluenza queens. They have been so deep for so long in the green shit they can’t exist or relate to anything or anyone anywhere else. Suck it, punks.

    • Gerry Fisher

      He didn’t care. I actually think that the photo he snapped was the main point. Great addition to his “See all the famous people I rub elbows with!” wall of Narcissism.

      • Chuck in NYC

        Totes agree.

  • Grapple

    Was Reisner one of Hestert’s boys?

  • RobynWatts

    Thanks for not really coming clean on your political activities, Resiner. I guess it really boils down that you would sell out the community to a bunch of hateful thugs, all to protect your interests and assets.

    Hope wh0reing yourself to them was worth it!

  • JoyZeeBoy

    Cruz was in town yesterday? That explains why the transit system was a total fucking shit-show all day.

    • Download

      My internet was slow too!

  • TampaZeke

    So he’s a lying scumbag. “In the interest of full disclosure” after months of LYING through your teeth?

    And, just for the record, I’m just as offended that someone would donate money to Ted Cruz based on his “support of Israel” as I would be about a donation based on his “support of ‘traditional’ marriage”. He doesn’t support Israel! He supports Zionism and Israeli Apartheid; which is a different animal entirely from supporting Israel’s right to exist and their right to live in peace!

    • Dramphooey

      In the interest of full disclosure now that he’s been caught.

      • IamM

        In the interest of maximum deflection, now that he’s been caught.

    • b

      So true. They don’t support the best interests of the nation of Israel, they support the conservative, radical, religious, neo-con solution — blow up everyone around them and settle on their lands. They did not invite a reasonable supporter of Israel, they financed and invited a religious lunatic.

      • TampaZeke

        And don’t forget that the “Israel supporter” and “supporter of Jews” that they chose to invite, believes, as his father does, that Jews are going straight to a burning hell for eternity as soon as they complete their part in bringing Jeezus (who they murdered) back.

    • Gustav2

      And he supports the rebuilding of the Temple to hasten the second coming. It has nothing to do with saving the Jewish state.

      • TampaZeke

        And what happens to the Jews after the Second Coming? Yeah, real supporter of Israel and Jews ya got the Reisner!

  • goofy_joe

    Someone smart enough to make as much money as he has made, and run a business doesn’t get so easily confused about a Politician’s agenda, or how a donation may be misconstrued. He knew and he knows we know, but he thinks we’re stupid and will believe his lie.

    • lattebud

      Especially when he must navigate through NYC politics and bureaucracy to get approvals and permits. He has gotta know his way around a backroom and the secret handshakes.

  • delk

    I gave Senator Cruz a $2,700 check to show my support for his work on behalf of Israel.

    Might have just given the money to Israel if that is the case. Why give it it to a guy that has no chance of winning the primaries let alone the presidency and who also has one of the worst attendance records in congress?

    • John30013

      That’s been my question all along. Do they really think he stands any chance at all of becoming President? And do they think he has been, or will be, an effective Senator on this (or any other) issue (given that almost every Republican congresscritter hates him after his “Green Eggs and Ham” stunt)?

      Most rational people do not, so if these two do, they’re obliged to explain themselves (especially given Cruz’ very well known anti-LGBT policies).

    • lattebud

      Or provided a check to AIPAC (American Israeli PAC) who is very effective at influencing legislation focused on Israel.

  • bkmn

    Cruz wouldn’t have shown up if there wasn’t money on the table for him. Reisner obviously thinks we are very stupid.

    • pj

      reisner qnd his pal are too important to be mearly gay. if they could write a check to change that they would.

    • lattebud

      And Reisner doesn’t understand campaign contribution reporting laws? If he wants to give money to Republicans, talk to Carl Rove who can bury it in a secret PAC.

  • I Said No No NO

    Said it before, say it again: someone needs to get this individual into rehab while there’s still time. His life is being controlled by something other than rational thought and behavior, and he is spiraling out of control.
    Does no one love him enough to have him committed?

    • IamM

      I can’t seem to locate my compassion at the moment, it’s probably somewhere behind all this contempt and indifference but I just don’t feel like looking.

      • LonelyLiberal

        I think I found it over here, but your apathy has oozed all over it and won’t move so I can verify.

      • No No NO

        I don’t feel sorry for him, I just want to kick his ass while he’s clean and sober.

      • JustSayin

        Years ago my insurance company said Compassion for haters was a preexisting condition and would not cover my prescription for a refill….. I have been without it ever since

  • David Michael

    Sounds like these boys were motivated by a compulsive cute boy Cruz crush. Silly emotional adolescents can do that. I think their school girl crush got the better of them.

    • Would.Not.Happen

      Are you fucking kidding? There are no circumstances under which even a stupid A-list gay like Reisner would be attracted to the hideously ugly Cruz. Reisner may be guilty of a lot of things, but accusing him of being attracted to Cruz is a bridge too far!

      Reisner reportedly likes his males younger, hotter, and deeply under the influence of highly illicit substances.

      • David Michael

        You got a better reason than “woops, I didnt know Cruz was anti-gay” or the lame “his stance on Isreal” blah blah blah. I don’t see any of the people from that party actually backing his redicilous stories, or coming forward and saying why they were present. Sounds like someone was playing butt boy. Not too far fetched at all. Until the truth is ever known, all is open to speculation. I too am speculating. I wouldn’t be quite so sure of yourself. Unless you have the goods no one else has. And as far as sexual tastes, everyone has their exceptions.

  • rkwright

    In all the hub-bub about Reisner’s donation, let’s not forget that Mati was going into a function featuring Ted Cruz. I’m sorry, but if you are in the middle of a PR disaster regarding your hosting Ted Cruz, common sense, and a novice PR flack will tell you it isn’t a great idea to go to further events featuring Ted Cruz. These people don’t give a hoot about our community, they just want our “cheap” money.

    • Gerry Fisher

      “They laugh because they know they know they’re untouchable/Not because what I said was wrong.”

  • Quisling Translator

    “In the interest of transparency” means “Now that I’ve been caught lying”.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Lol – love the tag! – “Quisling Translator”

  • BaddogLtd
  • I assume these two gay guys have internet and a flat screen tv, but they didn’t know Cruz was anti gay. Their explanation defies logic and insults the intelligence of every gay citizen in this country that wants to be treated equally. Talk about rich, gay, white trash.

  • Jeff

    It looks to me as if his actions are more pro-Israel, than anti-gay. (Or to put it more bluntly, he’s throwing the gays under the Israeli bus.)

    • IamM

      His actions seem stupid to me. Cruz doesn’t care about Israel except as a fundraising opportunity and a codeword to manipulate Republican constituencies (Fundamentalist crazies, war crazies, anti-Muslim crazies).

  • Merv99

    It’s a twofer! Not only was Reisner busted, but so was Weiderpass, who was attending another event with Ted Cruz, even after all the shit that’s happened. He just can’t stay away from his buddy, can he?

  • Gigi

    Omar Sharif Jr., who was recently hired as Community Liason for Reisner and Weiderpass, certainly has his work cut out for him. Good luck sir. #DamangeControlNightmare

    • IamM

      Seriously? Walk away Omar. Save yourself while you can.

      • Gigi

        Better or worse than being the PR person for Leona Helmsley?

        • oikos

          Worse, she was old with dementia so you could blame her nuttiness on that.

    • Cuberly

      Well, yesterday, community liaison and “marketing guru” (sorry can’t even joke about that without cracking up) Sharif compared Reisner and Co. to Fawlty Towers.

      Maybe now he’ll compare them to Towering Inferno. Or Titanic. But then there’s the challenge of spinning those as being quaint and lovable disasters.

    • noni

      Maybe this press release from Ian was the work of Omar Sharif Jr.

      from School of Baghdad Bob.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Stick a fork in him

  • gaymex

    What does Ian think that people like Ted Cruz would do to gays–or Jews, for that matter–if given free reign?
    Ian, quit tipping the jailer. You are a self-serving fool.

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  • Techie Bear

    The biggest question I have is the timing of the donation and the ask for a refund. If this was done prior to them getting caught hosting the fundraiser, then you knew who he was and should not have hosted. If you tried this after you were caught hosting the fundraiser, then you were covering up.

    Either way, it is shady tactics and utter imbecilic ignorance thinking that we would not see through their charade.

    • SockMikey

      But shortly after The Times reported on the dinner, where about 18 people sat down at two tables in separate areas of the palatial penthouse, Mr. Reisner called the campaign and asked for his check to be refunded. – NYT above

  • LovesIrony

    I know you lie, cause your lips are moving. baby do you think I’m dumb?

    • bkmn

      Yes he does, and far below his status.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    So now he’s a liar too. What a fucking asshole.

  • Puckfair52

    Step in shit, smell like shit, gee it’s an easy mistake to assume you like rolling in shit !

  • John McKee

    Point of clarity to these dumbshits, Ted Cruz and the rest of his fundie assholes don’t give a shit about Israel or it’s people, they are in fact praying for it’s violent destruction and the banishment of almost Jews to hell. All they care about is some superstitious non-sense about territory required for the end of days prophesies and they would be fine with policies that resulted in the senseless deaths of thousands and thousands of Jews if it preserved some status quo that they think they need to be raptured sending most of the rest of the Jew to a lake of fire.

    • Gustav2

      We were the only gentiles at a family’s party. A friend introduced us to her US born and raised sister who now lives on a kibbutz. I said, “We are not Endtimers.” We made a new friend who laughed and laughed.

      Most Israeli’s I’ve met know, it’s the American Jew who is in the dark.

  • Octavio

    He asked for his check to be returned? Well then, that’s totally different. Imagine how my respect for you (which I never had) has been restored. You’re welcome. 🙂

    • oikos

      After being exposed as a kapo and right wing ass licker, Ian asked for his check to be returned.

      • Dramphooey

        Hello? Yes. I’ve decided you Nazis are not nice people after all. I’m taking back my phone call. Would you please return the Franks to their attic hideaway? Thanks bunches; toodles!

        • oikos


        • Golden Bites

          And put my grandmother’s gold tooth fillings back!

      • Octavio

        Hard to believe, isn’t it? 🙂

      • noni

        And according to Ian we “misconstrued”.

        • oikos

          How would all of us lowly, cheap gays understand the brilliance of Ian and his wallet?

  • SockMikey

    I freaking knew it!

    It didn’t feel right when they came out with their statements and we found out about the different players involved in setting up the meeting.

    Describing it as a “fireside chat” and reaching out to opposition due to Israel rang hollow.

    “Not donating money” to Cruz was part of the shield used to make them seem innocent and other gays that took notice as “cheap and shallow”.

    How about lying to cast yourself in another light?

    Just wondering if we’ll get a statement from Mati Weiderpass about some campaign donation he made to Cruz?

    • SockMikey

      (Not) Fireside Chat:

      “But shortly after The Times reported on the dinner, where about 18 people sat down at two tables in separate areas of the palatial penthouse…”

  • Jeffrey

    How many idiot wealthy Jews will fall for this nonsense of trying to elect a president who will protect the homeland that they have been to twice? I get so sick of this nonsense and Ive been hearing it a lot lately from friends who have apparently lost touch with reality.

  • JoyZeeBoy

    Reisner can’t afford the kind of damage-control PR he’s going to need to save his ass and his business. He is well and truly self-fucked.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      I dunno. Turds always manage to float to the top.

    • noni

      I don’t know. Is business at his establishments slowing down? Anyone stopped in there to check out the place and see if the same loathsome closet case queen Republicans are still frequenting the place. Sounds like it’s as busy as ever. This would make the place even more popular for the a-list crowd. Could anyone else afford to go there? Place to hang out with Dolce and Grabbag? The only gay places I’ve been in NYC was G West, Splash, 88’s and Stonewall. Most of them are gone I imagine.

    • Merv99

      Omar Sharif jr. is going to have his hands full.

  • another_steve

    Even worse than a gay man contributing to the campaign of a politician who wants gay people dead is a Jewish person applauding a fundamentalist Christian’s support of the State of Israel.

    Fundamentalist Christians hate Jews but love Israel because their bible tells them that Israel is essential to Jesus’s return and ultimate triumph. Unrepentant (i.e., non-converted) Jews will be slaughtered, according to that story.

    Reisner’s support of Cruz is disturbing in more ways than one.

  • Ninja0980

    This makes two anti-gay senators he has given money to, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin being the other.
    Kindly go fuck yourself traitor.

  • MexicoTom

    How many more nails does this coffin need? You’d think it would be hermetically sealed and 6 feet under by now.

    • MichaelJ

      I won’t be happy until his business ventures in the gay community collapse from a successful boycott.

  • Ninja0980

    I think we should also take a moment to remember Sean Verdi, whom Mr. Reisner appeared to have made no efforts to help when he was OD but rather left him to die instead.
    He is truly a loathsome human being.

    • lattebud

      I thought he through him in the bath tub… cause that’s what he does with all his 20 somethings when they are unconscious. Oh, and call his lawyer(s)

  • People4Humanity

    Displeased with the current rate of their PR campaign …

    • People4Humanity

      Ian brings in the heavy machinery:

  • Even if his behavior is actually internalized damage from Minority Stress Syndrome, I’ve lost all sympathy now thanks to this latest ugly relevation. Truth finally trumps my awesome powers of denial.

  • Patrick

    Next time I’m in NY I’ll go spit in their lobby.

  • JJS_prime

    You gave Cruz money. End of discussion.

  • Steven Alan Taylor

    For the love of money is the root of all evil…

    Any person who would turn their back on human rights, love, and dignity for any amount of money deserves all the scorn we can heap upon them. May their sky be made of dung, their rain manure, and their skin burst open in lesions and tumors.

  • BaddogLtd

    Translation: “How was I supposed to know that giving money I made from the gay community to a guy who wants to make life hell for the gay community was a bad thing?”

  • Doug Lucas

    These two Kapos are to the present day what Roy Cohn was to
    the 1950’s through 80’s. One can only hope that they will have a similar “end of life” experience.

  • Cuberly

    “In the interest of transparency” = “Oh shit!”

    So he’s basically stabbing us in the back then saying, “it’s getting stuffy, I thought you’d like some ventilation.”

    The donation is messed up, and hardly a surprise, but the attitude? Can Reisner and his buddy get any more repulsive?

  • Queequeg

    So besides being a quisling, he is also a lying sack of shit.

    • zhera

      At least Quisling beloved he was doing the right thing. Reisner is perfectly aware that he’s doing the wrong things for the wrong reasons.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    If reisner wants to support Israel. Then move there or send his checks directly to the Israeli govt.
    Israel has national healthcare. and a very good infrastructure.

    The usa doesnt. I wish mister reisner and others would stop using the USA govt as an ATM for Israels security concerns.
    when our money is better spent here

  • MikeBoston

    If they change the name to “GOP Hotel NYC”, they only have to hire a sign maker to create the “G” & “P” – could be a 33% cost savings.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Wow! He shot himself in both feet!

  • JustSayin

    Gee what a surprise…… NOT!

  • Rick


  • davidgc

    He’s not a good gay. He’s not a good Jew. But he’s a damned good Republican! P.O.S. He fits right in.

  • Patrick

    A $2700 donation to a political campaign? How passé! All the A-list homocons are donating to super PACs this season.

  • ColdDesert

    So tell me, is it better to support a repressive middle east regime’s policy or anti gay marriage policy. Even if this dude were completely straight I still wouldn’t get behind supporting Israel.

  • TC

    He thought he was relying on a shade of difference: the event itself may not have been a fundraiser, i.e. they did not collect money at/for the event. However, no one gets to sit down with a candidate like Cruz without shelling out some big bucks beforehand.
    He is not only a liar, he is a dumb one. How did he get through life to this point being so profoundly unaware of the world around him?

    • noni

      How did he get through life to this point being so profoundly unaware of the world around him?

      White and Wallstreet.

      • JohnoFr

        And inherited

  • noni


  • EdA

    If Mr. Reisner wanted to make a contribution to a congressman who supports the State of Israel (which is NOT synonymous with Bibi Netanyahu), there are plenty, both Democrats and even Republiscum, who support the two-state solution and/or who do not view the continued existence of the State of Israel as providing the sine qua non essential for the inception of Armageddon and the conversion of all remaining Jews to idolators.

    I’m glad, sort of, that Mr. Reisner insists on digging himself deeper in a hole. Just because Bibi Netanyahu, for whatever reasons, sees a need to pander to psychopaths who want to see us Jews converted or dead, and us gay Jews as dead, even us gay Zionist Jews, that doesn’t give Mr. Reisner a pass.

  • popebuck1

    Thing is, why is he concerned with what a bunch of filthy poors think of him in the first place? We’re just proles, who cares what we think?

    Oh, you say he wants us to spend our MONEY at his establishments. Gotcha. I was worried for a second that he had totally lost his priorities.

  • D. J.

    I guess Fire Island’s Memorial Day Weekend season opening was financially disappointing for the pair of dreaded uber lying weaselpeckers.
    Ian gives money to Cruz, then gets a refund?
    Meanwhile, Mati continues to frequent the same venues as Cruz. I wonder if another check from Ian just happened to find its way into Mati’s pocket?
    Have fun at the Marriott, Mati?

    • lattebud

      But I bet the merchants in Cherry Grove saw more traffic from the Pines than usual.

    • MichaelJ

      Is that true or are you thinking it might be true because they are back putting their feet in the mouths in the hopes of getting more sympathy and more customers?
      I wasn’t there but the Daily Beast article posted by Noni shortly after you states that the boycott was not successful.

      • D. J.

        It was conjecture on my part. I thought that if the season opening was strong, he would have not issued his press release.

  • Wilberforce

    Don’t worry. Ms Widerpussy is already making plans for an audition for Fox News. He’ll be the new cause celebe whose noble business was ruined by the freedom hating left.

  • noni

    Can anything this guy says be believed?

    What are the real ingredients he uses in his restaurant?

    It isn’t what the menu says.

  • dcurlee

    I just call bs on all of it.

  • Ryan Hunter

    Scummy guys. Also very arrogant. Read the piece in the NYT interview where he speaks of how generous he has been to thousands of poor schmucks and that he is so wonderful for doing so and essentially they should be beholden to him. A real asshole.

  • noni

    And, this Memorial Day weekend, by the look of the Pines during peak social hours—what is referred to as “Tea” at various establishments under Reisner’s investment umbrella: The Blue Whale (Low Tea), Pavillion Night Club (Middle Tea) and Sip ‘n’ Twirl (High Tea)—mostly no one seemed to care, or even know, about the boycott.

    • MichaelJ

      This is sad, though those who hang out in the Pines these days — the wealthy, the A list and the A list wannabes — I’m not surprised. Doesn’t matter for me — Cherry Grove is far more to my liking, not that I think the political awareness of Cherry Grove is especially great.

  • Secure

    Lying scumbags, both of them!

  • leastyebejudged

    “I gave Senator Cruz a $2,700 check to show my support for his work on behalf of Israel”

    NaziJews and NaziGays. What a world !

  • Prixator

    How long until the bankruptcy? Should we start a pool?

  • JohnoFr

    As repugnant as this rotten onion is becoming as the layers get peeled away, the new news is very helpful to focus the group and all pines residents (be they tenants or owners) on the issue ; it’s not neighbor against neighbor – it’s about someone who betrays, lies, lies again, spits venom and squeals (part of) the truth when caught … A five-year old with a broken vase at his feet has to ‘fess up after all.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Let’s see how he weasels out of this latest episode. *popcorn*

  • I’m doing a Lewis Black insane laugh right now, you just can’t see it.

  • Gordon.

    Now, he’s all over Facebook, apologizing like crazy. I can’t decide if he’s an idiot or a liar.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Appears to be both.

  • BudClark

    I’ll just leave this here … THANKS to whoever did the photoshopping!