Russ Wheeler was a NASCAR driver. Nobody liked him, because he was such an elitist liberal that he actually enunciated when speaking. After being fired by sixteen different race teams between 1991 and 1994, he stopped racing and began working for PETA.
Wheeler lives in Rhode Island with his partner, Bruce. One can assume that he means "partner" in the Southern way, as in "Hey, partner, let's go a-huntin' after we get home from the matinee of Mamma Mia."