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GOP TX Senate Candidate Tom Leppert Says He Was Doing the Work of Jesus When He Marched in Gay Pride as Mayor


Former Dallas Mayor turned GOP Senate hopeful Tom Leppert was attacked by his Tea Party rival Ted Cruz in a debate this week for marching in a 2007 Gay Pride parade when he was mayor. Leppert had reportedly just told those listening that "he used the office of mayor to stand against the gay rights agenda," the Dallas Voice reports.

In Leppert's rebuttal to Cruz, he compared himself to Jesus:

“On the gay parades, it’s real simple,” Leppert responded. “There was not a single group in this city that I didn’t engage. They all knew, a lot of them knew that I didn’t agree with them, but there’s not a group that I didn’t engage. Jesus engaged every single group when he was here on earth and I did, too. And what wasn’t told is all the different times that I talked about my faith and went out there and every single person in this city understood exactly where I stood.”


The Dallas Voice notes:

After defeating openly gay candidate Ed Oakley in a runoff for mayor in 2007. Leppert hired an openly gay chief of staff, Chris Heinbaugh, and repeatedly expressed support for the LGBT community. In addition to gay Pride, Leppert appeared at Dallas’ Black Tie dinner, the largest annual fundraiser for the city’s LGBT community. He also refused to answer a question about whether he supported same-sex marriage.

But when Leppert decided to run for Senate about midway through his four-year term, he abruptly joined the virulently anti-gay First Baptist Church of Dallas. And, almost immediately after stepping down as mayor to launch his Senate campaign last year, he sent out an anti-gay tweet and came out on his website against both same-sex marriage and civil unions.

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  1. "Jesus' work" doesn't involve pandering to bigots, nor breaking the 9th Commandment by lying for your own gain.

    "tonight you'll deny me thrice"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 31, 2012 12:45:20 PM

  2. Was he always a republican?

    Posted by: George M | Jan 31, 2012 2:20:30 PM

  3. I was a resident of that area during the time of his election as mayor of Dallas. Oakley was destroyed in a blatant fashion by the local newspaper which splashed his "gayness" on the front page. Leppert then played the diversity card to curry favor with the local neocon gays. Wonder how they feel now that he has thrown them under the proverbial bus. So predictable.

    Posted by: cranky1 | Jan 31, 2012 2:47:29 PM

  4. the neocon gays don't care about being thrown under the bus; they think it's some sort of honor being run over and over and over again

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Jan 31, 2012 3:03:07 PM

  5. Within a few months of his being elected as Mayor he convened a meeting of LGBT leaders from across North Texas and the state to discuss how to effectively work with the LGBT community and support key issues. The meeting was held at the Cathedral of Hope, the largest LGBT congregation at the time. Whether it was pandering to us as LGBT leaders then or pandering now to the right, it is pandering and reflects his lack of character.

    Posted by: Activist | Jan 31, 2012 7:00:57 PM

  6. Being anti-gay in politics is soooooooooooo last century even though it may not seem that way. Hope he loses, especially for his HYPOCRISY.

    Posted by: FunMe | Jan 31, 2012 11:55:34 PM

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