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."


  1. Bernie says

    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!

  2. Jeff O says

    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

  3. Michael says

    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.

  4. HadenoughBS says

    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.

  5. epsilon says

    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.

  6. Gregg says

    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.

  7. Daniel says

    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.

  8. David C says

    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.

  9. Jeremy says

    “…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!

  10. David C says

    “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.)

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