Sarah Walzer, who was Elena Kagan’s roommate in law school and has remained one of her best friends says she is not gay.
"I've known her for most of her adult life and I know she's straight," said…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."
Walzer says she wants to put the rumors to rest because it’s become a distraction. Part of the push-back is because if a photo that appeared oh the cover of the Wall Street Journal of Kagan playing softball, an image that fed into lesbian stereotypes.
"It's taking away from substantive discussion of the issues from a really substantive person who deserves to be given the opportunity to address the substantive issues," she said.
Another friend of Kagan’s from Princeton is former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer:
"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.
Walzer and Kagan shared an apartment in Somerville, MA, just outside Cambridge.
Walzer recalled "discussion about who she might be interested in - the usual girl talk stuff– talk about how to get his attention."
This was "less along the lines of how to wear your hair," Walzer said, than how to avoid intimidating men with an intellect and confidence that weren't always seen as attractive traits.
"It's an ongoing challenge for very smart women - there are not very many men who would choose women who are smarter than they are," said Walzer .