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Clay Aiken's Would-Be GOP Opponent Renee Ellmers Already Using Homophobic Rhetoric Against Him


Clay Aiken, who officially announed his intention to run for Congress and challenge Rep. Renee Ellmers in North Carolina, is already being attacked by Ellmers with familiar homophobic rhetoric, Think Progress reports.

EllmersEllmers released a statement linking Aiken to San Francisco (you know, where the radical gays hang out):

“It speaks volumes to the state of the N.C. Democratic Party that the primary is shaping up to be a choice between the failed Perdue Administration’s Keith Crisco, a lawyer who doesn’t even live in the district, an activist who’s (sic) own party rejected her in the last democrat primary – and Aiken, a performer whose political views more closely resemble those of San Francisco than Sanford,” Ellmers spokeswoman Jessica Wood wrote in an email. “Renee best represents the values of the voters in the 2nd District and remains focused on fighting for their families.”

The remarks were immediately denounced by the former executive director of the NC Republican party, who called them "offensive and childish".

Zack Ford notes that Ellmers has a consistently anti-gay record:

She opposed North Carolina’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage because it also banned civil unions, but she still opposes same-sex marriage. She has supported bills to limit the religious freedom of military chaplains to officiate same-sex marriages and endorsed efforts to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

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  1. Ellmers has a lazy eye.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Feb 5, 2014 12:22:39 PM

  2. I will NOT make any remarks abut Keith Crisco....

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Feb 5, 2014 12:30:22 PM

  3. We 'radical gay San Franciscans' are just awful, aren't we? I hope he wipes the floor with her 'offensive and childish' remarks.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Feb 5, 2014 12:33:57 PM

  4. So predictable. Is it really a surprise? She just made it a lot easier for the voters to choose someone who isn't a homophobe and ignorant.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 5, 2014 12:34:26 PM

  5. BTW, based upon Aiken's setting I'd say he needs very good San Francisco decorator.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Feb 5, 2014 12:35:36 PM

  6. What specific political view is more San Francisco than Sanford.

    And why would that be a negative ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 5, 2014 12:39:42 PM

  7. A lot of nouns in this group; Crisco, Clay, Ellmers (glue).

    Posted by: Alan | Feb 5, 2014 12:39:55 PM

  8. I may be mistaken, but I believe her God has given her the "crazy eyes".

    Posted by: jtramon | Feb 5, 2014 12:55:51 PM

  9. GOP politicians are notorious for going after low-hanging fruit.

    Posted by: SFRowGuy | Feb 5, 2014 1:00:11 PM

  10. I think that many Americans are unaware that there are a great many idiots in San Francisco, many of whom are gay; but that gay isn't synonymous with idiot.

    Posted by: Enchantra | Feb 5, 2014 1:08:46 PM

  11. @GREGORYBROWN -- You mean like how it all comes back except for one tablespoon*? I always wondered about that tablespoon.

    *Youngsters: that's from a Crisco commercial of the 60's.

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Feb 5, 2014 1:57:53 PM

  12. The town should be plastered with black and white photos of Ellmer calling her out for her homophobic personal attacks. She's a crazy bigot, and deserves to be cast as such.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Feb 5, 2014 2:51:09 PM

  13. Mike Ryan- Before being snarky about where Aiken is sitting, you might watch the video. Aiken explains that this is the home where a friend took his mother and him when he was a baby so they could escape his alcoholic and abusive father. He and his mother slept on a bed in that room behind a tarp which was strung up for a bit of privacy. The setting was designed to give a personal story about humble beginnings and helping the less fortunate. But you decided just to be a shallow queen instead of even watching the first minute of the video before commenting.

    Posted by: Jay | Feb 5, 2014 2:57:35 PM

  14. I saw Clay's interview on CNN today. I was impressed.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 5, 2014 3:06:33 PM

  15. While I don’t necessarily support Ellmers I don’t understand how her remarks are “anti-gay.” The left seems to think that everything a Republican says is “code” for something bad. It is a valid point in local politics to say that someone from outside the district doesn’t represent the majority of the residents’ views.

    Would it be wrong if Ellmers, a North Carolina native, was running for office in San Francisco and her Democratic opponent said her political views more closely resemble those of the south than San Francisco? The person who gets elected to Congress is expected to represent the majorities’ views.

    Posted by: Will | Feb 5, 2014 3:38:26 PM

  16. CNN is on this story and reported that Ellmers posted a comment to the effect that Aiken's performing career isn't going well so he must be bored among other cunty comments. Apparently this is conservative country where Obama didn't do well but maybe some good dirt can be dug up on Ellmers.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 5, 2014 3:44:05 PM

  17. Well, that's very telling. Aiken is patently ridiculous in so many ways. To fire cheap shots at him because he's gay is beyond bigoted. It's just lazy.

    Is Clay running as a Republican?!? WTF?!?

    @Will: Your observation would only carry weight if Clay was from San Fransisco. He's not. He's from North Carolina. In this context, "San Fransisco" is indeed code for "teh gay."

    @"Enchantra": You're quite indicative of that, yourself. Aren't you, hon?

    Posted by: FFS | Feb 5, 2014 3:50:40 PM

  18. @Will

    I agree. I have no doubt that she'll be using coded and not so coded language to attack Clay for his sexuality, but this is at worst an extremely mild reference to his being gay. Yes, San Francisco can be used to refer to gay, but it's also code for nancy pelosi, ultra liberals etc. It's very easy to interpret her remark as just saying he's way too liberal for the district, not way too gay as towleroad is taking it.

    Posted by: Brian1 | Feb 5, 2014 5:40:10 PM

  19. @FFS: He's running as a Democrat.

    And, unless she's truly stupid, I'm sure the "San Francisco views" was both a reference to his "liberal" values and to his sexuality. Though the latter is less effective when used against someone who's out and expected to be liberal than against a closeted Republican. But I'm sure it will be her unoriginal mantra.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 5, 2014 6:08:29 PM

  20. Background on "San Francisco values" used as a slur:

    Posted by: JJ | Feb 5, 2014 9:58:45 PM

  21. @JAY, you mean it's been like that for DECADES??? It's like the tragedy never ended.

    Posted by: JJ | Feb 5, 2014 10:17:06 PM

  22. She needs to go period. She only "won" that district because of our new gerrymandered districts. That seat belonged to former representative Bob Etheridge, but after the 2010 shalacking...the tea party took over our General Assembly and along with it, all the craziness. I would love to see Clay, but ANY of those democrats would be better than Renee. I wish I could talk about this on my Facebook page, but unfortunately I use to teach her niece and don't want to upset her. FML!

    Posted by: GLAW2014 | Feb 5, 2014 10:28:20 PM

  23. OK, I fail to see how a living room with an apparently refinished hardwood floor, an appropriate for the period of the house original fireplace, white woodwork in apparently good shape, a normal neutral/earthtone sofa that looks like something from Crate and Barrel today, and not that much else is tragic.

    I'd take it. I live in a Brooklyn apartment. That probably costs three times as much and is three times smaller.

    Posted by: emjayay | Feb 6, 2014 3:21:26 AM

  24. What a surprise. I bet as soon as Clay Aiken stated his bid for office, his opponent was already having her staff dig up any speck of dirt in order to fling it at Aiken. Typical GOP smear tactics. (Just ask Ashley Judd)

    Too bad for her, the best she could do was take pointless swipes at his sexuality.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Feb 6, 2014 4:06:10 AM

  25. @Brian1: "Yes, San Francisco can be used to refer to gay, but it's also code for nancy pelosi, ultra liberals etc."

    It also phonetically resembles "Sanford," a city within the 2nd Congressional District that Aiken and Ellmers are vying over. So, yes, it's possible that Ellmers might've made the same "Sanford vs. San Francisco" joke about a straight Democrat, as code for "too left-wing".

    ON THE OTHER HAND, neither Aiken nor Ellmers is a native of Sanford -- which is, of course, just one town among many in NC's 2nd District. So there was no obvious reason (other than Aiken's sexuality) to pick San Francisco specifically as a bastion of ultra-liberalism -- why not Taxachusetts, or Seattle?)

    Posted by: Throbert McGee | Feb 6, 2014 7:02:32 PM

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