The political buzz in Washington is at a frenzied pitch over rumors that Trent Lott is gay. There are rumors circulating that Trent Lott used a male escort named Benjamin Nicholas. Unfortunately for the media, this juicy story does not stand up under scrutiny.

Lott announced his early retirement fully five years before his term ends, saying that he would leave the Senate by the end of 2007.

Speculation began in earnest about why Lott would quit early when Big Head DC announced that it was working on a male escort story involving Senator Lott.

Nicholas told Big Head DC today via e-mail that he didn’t want to go on the record to talk about his dealings with Lott, because, said Nicholas, “Trent is going through his fair share of scrutiny right now and I don’t want to add to it.�? However, e-mail and other records confirm that the two have met on at least two occasions.

The problem with the story is that when independently contacted by a media outlet not self-serving a sensational story, Washington escort Ben Nicholas denied it entirely.

It looks like a Washington DC-based blog called BigHeadDC is making claim that there was (or, is) a working relationship between myself and Senator Trent Lott. There are falsely pieced-together quotes that serve no purpose other than to sensationalize a completely fabricated scoop.

Follow the money. The reason Lott is leaving the Senate is that new rules in 2008 would require a long wait before he can lobby his former colleagues. God bless Republicans for knowing how to make a buck.

So there you have it, our second sensational political tabloid rumor of the day. Trent Lott gay? Hillary Clinton lesbian? Politics is so fun.