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Jim Kolbe: GOP Rep. Randy Forbes' Anti-Gay Crusade is 'Outrageous'

Openly gay former congressman Jim Kolbe is speaking out against Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes, who has recently begun a push to prevent funding of openly gay candidates within the Republican party.

The Washington Blade reports:

6a00d8341c730253ef019b022fff49970b-800wiKolbe, who served in Congress from 1985 to 2007, told the Washington Blade via email that Forbes’ statements against candidates like Richard Tisei and Carl DeMaio are “outrageous” and merit a response from House leadership.

“They represent everything the party is trying to get away from,” Kolbe said. “Both candidates have very good chances of being elected. Forbes, apparently, would rather lose the two seats and further jeopardize our chances of holding the majority. I am pleased that Cong. Walden was quick to say the NRCC would support whoever was nominated, but I would like to see all of the leadership condemn such bigoted remarks as those made by Forbes.”

Forbes has found a supporter in wing-nut Peter LaBarbera who issued the following statement:

"The Republican party platform is opposed for the most part to homosexual activism, especially gay so-called marriage. So Forbes understands that the Republican Party should not be in the business of promoting candidates that are going to promote sexual immorality."

Yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner went on record as saying he does support openly gay GOP candidates.

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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