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Bridget Johnson


February 27, 2014 - 7:08 am

A group that supports gay and lesbian candidates for political office has endorsed two gay Republicans running for office.

But the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which says it “endorses qualified, committed openly LGBT candidates who can WIN at the ballot box,” notably left out the gay GOP candidate who perhaps has the strongest chance of winning his race.

Carl DeMaio, a former member of the San Diego City Council challenging Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), featured his partner in a recent campaign ad. The ad, titled “A New Generation Republican,” included a few seconds of DeMaio and partner Jonathan Hale walking together in a parade.

The Victory Fund this week endorsed former University of New Hampshire dean Dan Innis, who is in a primary race with former Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) for the chance to face incumbent Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), and former Massachusetts Senate minority leader Richard Tisei, who is in a tight race against Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) in a replay of their 2012 face-off.

“Both Dan Innis and Richard Tisei have demonstrated outstanding leadership and are viewed as visionary leaders that are voices for their constituencies. We are proud to announce their endorsements today,” said Torey Carter, chief operating officer at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, in a statement. “These two candidates have the potential to become the first out LGBT Republicans in Congress.”

Carter said their elections “would shatter a glass ceiling for the Republican Party,” but the candidate not endorsed probably has the best shot at doing the shattering. And the Victory Fund is not talking about why it won’t support DeMaio.

The Rothenberg Political Report has called Peters “extremely vulnerable” and noted in its race analysis that “DeMaio may actually start the race with higher name I.D. than the incumbent.” He’s amassed a sizable war chest topping $1 million and has the backing of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). It’s also a top 5 race of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

So in response to the Victory Fund’s selective endorsement, DeMaio and Tisei announced Wednesday that they’d already begun their own victory fund.

Their Equity Leadership Fund vows to “send a strong message to the Republican Party and establishment LGBT groups alike,” and raised $254,625 in just two months at the end of 2013.

“This liberal group did not endorse Carl in 2012 and we’re not surprised they’re not endorsing him in what national observers call the most likely seat to switch parties in the country,” DeMaio spokesman Dave McCulloch told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “When it matters, this group is about a liberal agenda.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Carl Demaio is a well known local Tea Party favorite.

He is a fiscally conservative Republican who happens to be gay. That is how he comes across.

That isn't enough for the LGBT agenda. They claim it is all about equity, opportunity, equality, etc..., but that is not true. It's all about the ideology, and the proof is when they refuse to support men like Carl Demaio.
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".....they refuse to support men like Carl Demaio."

Is there something he supports or is against that is an issue with this group?
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Republican fiscal conservative.

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