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Andrew Breitbart Resigns From GOProud

AndrewBreitbartConservative activist and pseudo-journalism mogul Andrew Breitbart has quit the advisory board of Republican gay group GOProud, due to the "vocational and family harm" that organization potentially did to Rick Perry advisor Tony Fabrizio. Fabrizio is the gay Perry staffer outed by GOProud's leadership after the Perry campaign aired a homophobic advertisement last week. Andy wrote about the outing here, giving a fine summation of the initial kerfluffle.

Here's Breitbart's statement in full, from LezGetReal:

It is with sincere regret that I announce I must step down as a GOProud advisory member. On numerous occasions I have spoken with [GOProud leaders] Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron of the significant impact the practice of “outing” had in my evolution from the political left to the right. I was under the absolute impression that both agreed. I have a zero tolerance attitude toward the intentional infliction of vocational and family harm by divulging the details of an individual’s sexual orientation as a weapon of political destruction. As an “Advisory Board member” I was not consulted on this extreme and punitive act. Clearly, there are more productive means to debate controversial ideas and settle conflicts. Therefore, I cannot in good conscience stand with GOProud. I still stand by gay conservatives who boldly and in the face of much criticism from many fronts fight for limited government, lower taxes, a strong national defense as well as the other core conservative principles.

Indeed. "Vocational and family harm" are always tragic. But I wonder: Why does Breibart feel so keenly for the family and wallet of Mr. Fabrizio after displaying nothing but contempt for the families and wallets of the working-class ACORN staffers he and his pal James O'Keefe so willfully misrepresented back in 2009? And why didn't he feel any sympathy for Shirley Sherrod, whose career he attempted to destroy with baseless charges of racism? Those individuals actually lost their jobs, which so far Fabrizio has not, and the ACORN workers didn't even have any fancy beltway connections to help them land on their feet.

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  1. Hypocrisy comes in all forms and the hypocrites rarely recognize it in themselves.

    Posted by: Jimbo | Dec 11, 2011 11:10:52 AM

  2. Or how about the vocational and family harm of demanding the sacking of gay service members and calling them enemies of religion?

    Posted by: Patrick Wellington III | Dec 11, 2011 11:12:35 AM

  3. Breitbat's afraid he's going to be outed.

    Don't worry Andy Pandy. Your secret is safe with us.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 11, 2011 11:15:42 AM

  4. Breitbart didn't have any problem circulating pictures of Anthony Weiner's underwear bulge (sexual behavior on the internet) as a political tacti which eventually brought Weiner down. He's beyond being a hypocrite.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Dec 11, 2011 11:15:58 AM

  5. Sleight of hand. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Posted by: Marc C | Dec 11, 2011 11:17:01 AM

  6. No, but seriously, what on earth is a 'gay conservative'?

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Dec 11, 2011 11:20:19 AM

  7. Ooo, ooo, I know! Because he's a hypocritical waste of flesh?

    Posted by: Rich F. | Dec 11, 2011 11:31:26 AM

  8. I usually don't care what happens to GOProud and today I care even less.

    Posted by: Dave | Dec 11, 2011 11:35:45 AM

  9. kerfuffle?

    Posted by: Fahd | Dec 11, 2011 11:39:47 AM

  10. Oh no! Does this mean that now GOProud is made up of only 14 rich white guys who don't want to pay their taxes instead of 15?!

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Dec 11, 2011 11:46:09 AM

  11. I guess it only matters if the extreme and punitive acts are perpetrated against these scumbags and not those they perpetuate against us...

    Posted by: shimichael Burich | Dec 11, 2011 11:54:28 AM

  12. Now you see how the Right and the Left are the same. Just different names for totalitarianism.

    Posted by: David | Dec 11, 2011 12:03:51 PM

  13. My gaydar always seems to get hyperactive whenever I see Breitbart's mug anywhere. I know he's married with kids but there's something definitely there.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Dec 11, 2011 12:11:29 PM

  14. This 'man' and his intellectual inconsistency are astounding. That, and I believe that he's certifiable.

    Posted by: princely54 | Dec 11, 2011 12:14:42 PM

  15. @David: Seriously? One side promotes the rights of LGBT people nationally and worldwide and the other passes anti-gay marriage laws in red states and puts anti-gay policies in their national platform. Guess which is which?

    There's very little use for GOProud as they are not showing very much difference from the Log Cabiners, except to somehow be taken seriously by the very party that shuns them (but not their cash). Having Breibart out of the way will probably make them hope they'll have an ounce of credibility, but expect that to evaporate very quickly.

    Posted by: Lew | Dec 11, 2011 12:16:56 PM

  16. Leroy LaFlamme, gay conservative means someone although gay doesn't believe in too much government in anything, privatizing or getting rid of virtually everything associated with government, believes in pouring endless tax payer dollars into defense spending making sure the military industrial complex continues to fund the GOP; believes that health insurance companies should charge as much as they want and those without health insurance should seek out charities to help them or just use the emergency room in dire circumstances; believes that unions shouldn't exist; believes that social security should be privatized; believes that the public education system should be abolished as well as medicare should be abolished as well as medicaid; believes that prayer should be mandatory in schools; doesn't believe that full equality (marriage equality) is a right for the majority of them. In fact they believe that nobody is entitled to anything by or from the government. The list is endless.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Dec 11, 2011 12:20:47 PM

  17. Oh and another thing, believes that wealthy people shouldn't pay more taxes than poor or middle class people, that the tax loopholes should be the privilege of the wealthy and for themselves of course and that unemployed people should lose their benefits in an economy where jobs are stagnant or hard to find, in other words, its ok if they lose their homes and their jobs through no fault of their own. No safety net, ever.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Dec 11, 2011 12:23:50 PM

  18. I always did want to shorten the name of that group. Now's the perfect time: Go. Just. Go.

    Posted by: uffda | Dec 11, 2011 12:23:54 PM

  19. I appreciate Breitbart's concern for privacy. However, the one exception is and always will be politicians, elected or appointed public officials, and political operatives who encourage or help anti-gay policies to become part of public policy. Therefore, Breitbart's specific complaint in this is case is invalid. This one exception to privacy rights that I've explained is morally justified by any rubric. It's my line in the sand.

    Posted by: Artie | Dec 11, 2011 12:33:33 PM

  20. I'm always wary of a guy who purposely doesn't shave his neck.

    Posted by: Dave | Dec 11, 2011 1:21:05 PM

  21. you show me a GOProud member that is not a complete wimp still sucking up to the daddy who hates him, and I'll show you a pink sparkly unicorn.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 11, 2011 1:59:00 PM

  22. "Now you see how the Right and the Left are the same. Just different names for totalitarianism."

    No, they're not. At least not in the United States. The majority of people who identify themselves as belonging to the Left are not that many steps from centrism. The Right has steadily backed away from the centre in the past decade, and they've shown no signs of moderating.

    That's not an attack on traditional American or Burkean conservatism, both of which are/were respectable. But the politically active Right has, for lack of a better word, become unhinged in a way that the Left hasn't.

    Posted by: Nat | Dec 11, 2011 2:07:52 PM

  23. Ofcourse Breibart doesn't see his own hypocrisy, ACORN is an organization that looks after the interests of lower middle class and poor individuals mainly minorities. Ms Sherrod is also a minority. To Breibart, the closeted lives of rich upper class white guys are way more important.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Dec 11, 2011 2:08:13 PM

  24. I appreciate the way you presented Breitbart's comments, which sound reasoned and principled until one remembers or hears the context, which you provide. Like all too many people, his sense of empathy is limited to those with whom he can easily identify. Here it is a closet case whose desire to be accepted by the right wing, permits him to sacrifice the rest of us.

    By the way I loved UFFDA's comment that GoProud should shorten their name to just Go.

    Posted by: Dave C in SF | Dec 11, 2011 2:23:24 PM

  25. Thanks, Dave. And ditto re: UFFDA.

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Dec 11, 2011 2:31:54 PM

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