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Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) Crusading Against Gay Republican Candidates

Politico reports this morning on conflict within the Republican party over backing openly gay candidates, specifically a campaign by Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes (pictured) to block the funding:

ForbesForbes has waged a lengthy crusade to convince his colleagues and the National Republican Congressional Committee brass they shouldn’t back some gay candidates. His efforts on Capitol Hill were described to POLITICO by more than a half-dozen sources with direct knowledge of the talks.

The issue is particularly acute because House Republicans have two promising openly gay candidates in 2014 vying for seats held by Democrats. Richard Tisei, who narrowly lost to Democratic Rep. John Tierney in 2012, is running again in northeastern Massachusetts. And in San Diego, Carl DeMaio, a former city councilman, is trying to knock off Democratic Rep. Scott Peters.

Towleroad obtained this statement from Log Cabin Republican Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo in response to the article:

"You either want Republicans to win, or you don't -- it's as simple as that. Apparently, Congressman Forbes does not. Thankfully, the real GOP leaders in the House know how to pick winners, and their money is on Richard Tisei and Carl DeMaio. Throwing solid conservative contenders under the bus in a cynical and hopeless attempt to gain a Chairmanship is beyond the pale; Congressman Forbes would do more to help his image by supporting efforts to grow the Republican House majority rather than undermine it."

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  1. Good for him! No one should provide funding for public expressions of self-hatred.

    Posted by: David Johnston | Dec 5, 2013 9:36:22 AM

  2. A Gay Republican is the same as Jewish Nazi.

    Posted by: chasmader | Dec 5, 2013 9:38:06 AM

  3. maybe Mr. Forbes didn't read the election results in last month's VA election.........the Republicans LOST!!!!!!!!! and now he wants to throw a wrench into the elections.......what a way for the Republicans NOT to win!

    Posted by: Bernie | Dec 5, 2013 9:47:02 AM

  4. Would be wonderful to see these gay homophobes get what they deserve!

    Posted by: litper | Dec 5, 2013 9:48:07 AM

  5. There are lots of reasons to oppose any candidacy of perennial candidate Carl DeMaio, but the fact that he dates a dude is NOT one of them. It is interesting that Carl would choose to caucus with someone like Forbes should he be elected... "A man is known by the company he keeps, and also by the company from which he is kept out." -President Cleveland

    Posted by: Jeff O | Dec 5, 2013 9:48:36 AM

  6. Jon Stewart, or someone, needs to do a flash-card segment of "Anti-gay or gay friendly" and just show the picture of a man and let everyone guess.

    There's one defining trait with homophobic men... They're always the most unattractive men around. There's a link here somewhere.

    Posted by: Michael | Dec 5, 2013 9:49:48 AM

  7. obviously anti-gay - the haircut tells the whole story

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Dec 5, 2013 9:51:42 AM

  8. While I, too, don't want GOPers to win current Dems seats in the US House (there's enough trouble in the House as it is with GOPers in charge), it's enjoyable to watch another faction of the GOP conduct a civil war within its loathsome party.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Dec 5, 2013 9:51:49 AM

  9. Goldwater was a republican and he was a gay ally - way back in the the idea that you can't be a decent progay or gay republican is ridiculous.

    Still, the current incarnation of the republican party is unAmerican and totally against the interests of most of the citizenry, except old, rich, white bigots.

    Posted by: epsilon | Dec 5, 2013 9:55:22 AM

  10. It's nice to watch the GOP tear itself apart. The faster the party self destructs, the better off for the rest of us. Just imagine how much more successful our economy would be had the GOP not forced horrific spending cuts that slowed the economy and stole food stamps from needy Americans.

    The GOP, Satan couldn't be any prouder.

    Posted by: Gregg | Dec 5, 2013 9:58:09 AM

  11. Screw those "promising candidates." They chose to play the role of battered wives. They don't get to cry foul when the actual battery begins.

    Posted by: FFS | Dec 5, 2013 10:12:47 AM

  12. Maybe he's opposed to barebacking republican candidates and spellcheck tried to fix the unfamiliar word. I'm opposed to that too.

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Dec 5, 2013 10:38:37 AM

  13. What ?
    There are gays still within the Repugs ?
    Are they some kind of stupid, or regular stupid ?
    What a bunch of traitors.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 5, 2013 10:46:33 AM

  14. Life's not easy for a Log Cabin Republican--35+ years after they were founded and their own party still hates them.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 5, 2013 12:03:07 PM

  15. In many districts you need moderate and social liberal candidates to even be competitive, so the logic of this effort is a bit bizarre.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 5, 2013 12:04:34 PM

  16. Entirely predictbable to see anti-gay Republicans and Towleroad commenters to be in agreement.

    Posted by: AG | Dec 5, 2013 1:51:17 PM

  17. Couldn't careless who the GOP candidate is, I wouldn't vote for them gay or not.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Dec 5, 2013 3:31:20 PM

  18. Anybody who helps Democrats, straight, Gay or somewhere in between, defeat Gay Republicans is OK in my book. You go Forbes!

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 5, 2013 6:22:31 PM

  19. It all depends on the individual politicians. Some Republicans and Democrats are good. Some are not. Being anti-gay doesn't shield a politician from being outed.

    Posted by: Daniel | Dec 5, 2013 6:42:06 PM

  20. "A Gay Republican is the same as Jewish Nazi."

    TRANSLATION: 'chasmader' is a brainless twit.

    Posted by: David C | Dec 6, 2013 4:52:06 AM

  21. AG: "Entirely predictbable to see anti-gay Republicans and Towleroad commenters to be in agreement."

    AGREED. The leftist tools that populate Gay Inc. are as hateful as the anti-homosexual cultural reactionary crowd. Neither side is ever going to change.

    For my part, since I disapprove of the Democrats' constitution-defying, big-goverment socialist ways, I much prefer to see them out of office.

    Posted by: David C | Dec 6, 2013 4:56:01 AM

  22. "chasmader' is a brainless twit...."

    TRANSLATION; David C is a self-loathing mindless Republican tool.

    Posted by: Jeremy | Dec 6, 2013 10:50:41 AM

  23. "...For my part, since I disapprove of the Democrats' constitution-defying, big-goverment socialist ways, I much prefer to see them out of office...."

    Proof of GOPer Toolinees!

    Posted by: Jeremy | Dec 6, 2013 10:52:16 AM

  24. "Proof of GOPer Toolinees!"

    I think you mean 'tooliness.'

    You operate under a miscomprehension, Jeremy. My statement was not an endorsement of the Republican Party or any faction therein. It was a condemnation of the Democrats.

    I attacked the Dems on three points:

    1. Being unwilling to comport themselves with the Federal Constitution.

    2. Being proponents of big government (with its attendent big spending).

    3. Being socialists.

    I will accept you as offering SOME valid criticism of me if you can point out where my three points are wrong. Otherwise you are just being the sort of mindless tool you accuse me of being. (Which is just what most TowleRoad readers are.)

    Posted by: David C | Dec 6, 2013 4:36:56 PM

  25. Andy Towle = gutless coward

    Posted by: David C | Dec 7, 2013 2:42:05 AM

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