Posts Tagged ‘conservative gay Republicans
One of the many interesting sub-plots of the 2014 election year is the possibility that Congress may welcome its first openly gay Republican.
Dan Innis is running for a House seat in New Hampshire. He is a businessman, entrepreneur, Dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics, and is married to a man. It was his husband who convinced him to run, saying “You’ve got to do this” to see if Innis could “make a difference.”
Richard Tisei is running again for a House seat in Massachusetts. He lost by just 1 point in the general election to John Tierney, and will face him again this time around. He has already served as a state senator. He is also married to a man.
Carl DeMaio is running for a House seat in California. He is a businessman who provided training and consulting specifically to financially-troubled government entities to help them become more efficient. He has also served as a city councilman for San Diego. At the time of writing this I do not know if DeMaio is married to his partner, but it is my understanding they have been together for six years.
None of these men are making their sexuality part of their campaign. It will be interesting to see what the liberals do, should these men make it through the GOP primaries. Kevin has often pointed out that liberals reveal their ultimate hypocrisy when faced with an opponent who would traditionally be a liberal. As a living example, DeMaio and his partner were booed while walking in the Gay Pride parade, because DeMaio is a Republican and was running for Mayor.
Apparently, Lindsey Graham is about to be outed…because he did not give the Left votes they wanted in this lame duck session.
That seems stupid, frankly, because Graham squeals “How high?” whenever the Left tells him to do anything.
Whenever I write about closeted gay Republicans, I know a lot of you write in thread comments that “people shouldn’t care about their sexual identity”. This is, on the surface, true. If we lived in a world of “should”, then this would be the case…where in addition to this these closeted gay Republicans “should” stick to conservative principles, vote the way their constituents want them to, and never allow the Left to blackmail them. But, that’s not the magical world we live in.
Instead, we have men like Lindsey Graham, who are closeted gays, who have been blackmailed by the Left for years…so that whenever the Left needs a turncoat Republican to stick the GOP and conservatives in the back, and the Maine Sisters and Lisa Murkowski are busy somewhere, Graham can be counted on to do whatever the Left wants…lest the Left release the pictures it has of him, doing whatever it is he’s doing, which I’m sure isn’t flower-arranging.
The Left might be cutting Graham loose now that Mark Kirk is heading to the Senate from Illinois, and he’s another gay Republican the Left has all the goods on and will out in spectacular fashion the next time they need to give the GOP a black eye about something. Apparently, there’s a video — not just pictures — of Kirk at some party, which was an all-boy affair. In the last days of the Senate race here in Illinois this year, there was buzz in GOP circles that somehow David Axelrod had got ahold of “the video”. That was the first many of us had ever heard of a “video”…but the fact that Kirk’s campaign was worried about it getting out must mean a video of him and guys up to various hijinks could possibly exist. Maybe Democrats have it. Maybe they will start blackmailing Kirk as Graham’s replacement. Maybe there’s no video but Kirk’s just led a very interesting, closeted life and he realizes he set himself for all sorts of guessing games in the years ahead, as to whether or not videos exist.
Republicans prove they are the Party of Stupid in many ways, but how they handle their closeted gay Senators and Congressmen is the most foolish.
They should, honestly, have all these guys just come out of the closet one day…all together…in a big prime time special or something. Just get it all over with. Do it on a day that no one is really paying attention to politics, like on Super Bowl Sunday or something. And then the Democrats won’t be able to blackmail anyone.
What’s hilarious is that in Illinois Aaron Schock, another closeted gay Republican, is being groomed to be the GOP’s 2014 Senate nominee against Dick Durbin…which would mean, if Schock wins, that Illinois would have two closeted gay Republicans representing it. If Schock would just come out, he’d probably win that 2014 race by a wider margin…because he’s great looking, a nice and smart man, and it would be mighty hard to make an argument against his election in many circles here in Chicago. If the GOP can pull just an extra point or two in Chicago and do well in its suburbs, it wins in Illinois. Schock could do that as a young, gay, conservative…and could do wonders to changing the perception of both conservatives AND gays in Democrat and Republican ranks, respectively.
But, GOP consultants must be telling him to stay in the closet or risk losing conservative support…just as Kirk, Graham, Charlie Crist, Larry Craig, Mark Foley, and all sorts of other gay Republicans have been told through the years that they had to allow Democrats to blackmail them and go along with this stupid game if they wanted to keep their positions.
GOP consultants are stupid.
Democrats lose so much power and leverage if all of these guys would just come out, come out, wherever they are.