Elena Kagan’s Former Roommate Sets the Record Straight

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Throughout all the increasingly prominent "Is Kagan gay?" chatter of the past couple of weeks, nobody had succeeded in getting someone who actually knows Kagan to either confirm or deny her sexual preference on the record. But the Kagan camp has finally "decided they should tactfully put an end to the rumor" by having a former law-school roommate clear things up for everyone.

“I’ve known her for most of her adult life and I know she’s straight,” said Sarah Walzer, Kagan’s roommate in law school and a close friend since then. “She dated men when we were in law school, we talked about men — who in our class was cute, who she would like to date, all of those things. She definitely dated when she was in D.C. after law school, when she was in Chicago — and she just didn’t find the right person.”


Eliot Spitzer, a friend of Kagan's at Princeton, confirms these alleged dates.

“I did not go out with her, but other guys did,” he said in an email Tuesday night. “I don't think it is my place to say more.”


Of course, accounts of decades-old dates don't prove anything definitively — some people will only be satisfied when they personally witness Kagan perform some sort of heterosexual act, and even then, didn't Jim McGreevey have a wife and kids for years? — but along with the White House's (unnecessarily defensive) denial to CBS last month, they seem to put Kagan's straightness beyond a reasonable doubt.

Elena Kagan's friends: She's not gay [Politico]