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.


  1. Robert in NYC says

    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.

  2. Robert in NYC says

    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.

  3. says

    @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.

  4. Robert in NYC says

    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.

  5. Robert in NYC says

    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.

  6. Artie says

    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.

  7. Nat says

    “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.

  8. NY2.0 says

    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.

  9. Dave C in SF says

    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.

  10. Jexer says

    Closeted traitors do more harm to our community than nearly anyone else.

    They MUST be outed and shamed.

    If the closet door has “Anti-Gay” signs on it, kick it down.

  11. anon says

    I believe the staffer was already out and GOProud just called him a hypocrite and traitor to the cause. Who knows what AB is really thinking. Most inside the beltway advocacy groups don’t do much of anything, so they’re not much to get too excited about.

  12. jason says

    Andrew Breitbart seems concerned about the possible harm done to Tony Fabrizio. Pity he’s not so concerned about the harm done to millions of people by his pandering to anti-gay, right-wing extremists.

    He comes across as a psycho-babbling air-head who needs a hair-cut.

  13. Mary says

    Not long ago I wrote here that I thought GOProud was not really as different from Log Cabin as it seemed, and that the real goal of the group was not legislative but gaining acceptance for gays in conservative circles by pretending to be genuinely conservative. I believed their condemnation of gays on the left was done for appearance’s sake. But what has happened with the Tony Fabrizio incident has convinced me that I was wrong.

    I think Kiwi may be on to something about GOProud members being motivated by the desire to be accepted by their parents.

  14. StillMarriedinCA says

    There is nothing wrong with being gay. So being outed is a non-event. If you travel in circles where you need to be closeted to get along then that is your problem.

  15. me says

    you don’t have to look past his comment to see hypocrisy. if he is against using someone’s sexuality as a weapon, he could support laws that protect people from such “vocational and family harm.”

    the problem is the outing it is what happens when his fans are informed someone is gay. there’s nothing wrong with being gay. there’s nothing wrong with people knowing you are gay. what’s wrong is what those asshats do once they find out you are gay. that’s what he needs to stop.

  16. Joey Y says

    I think the simple fact that someone being “outed” would have ANY effect on their family life or career is exactly why there’s more work to be done. Simple as that. As for the ACORN thing, they kinda DID pull some shenanigans. Just because some of their people want to cry that their misdeeds came to light doesn’t mean anyone was in the wrong but them. Truth for everyone, or truth for no one.

  17. Randy says

    Of course he doens’t believe in outing a politician. That’s because all the politicians that are closeted and voting against gay rights are republican. Most democratic politiicians either vote with us, or are already out. So he subscribes to a policy that only protects his side of the fence.

    The guy has mental problems, though. He’s certifiable.

  18. Seamus says

    In my view, outing is perfectly acceptable — and even necessary — when that closeted individual consorts with those who are trying to harm LGBTs via laws, e.g., DOMA, opposition to spousal benefits, reversal of current sodomy laws, etc. That outing might well prevent substantial harm to thousands of gays. The closet case should start thinking in a more ethical and moral manner, instead of the usual self-protective, screw-the-rest-of-you manner.

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