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GOP Leaders' Support for Gay Candidates Draws Rebuke

By    |   Monday, 06 Oct 2014 07:55 AM


The Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage have complained about Republican Party backing for gay House candidates and a senatorial candidate who does not oppose same-sex marriage, The Hill reported.

The socially conservative groups wrote to House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Greg Walden of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reproaching them for backing California GOP congressional candidate Carl DeMaio and Richard Tisei, who is seeking a Massachusetts congressional seat, as well as Oregon Senate candidate Monica Wehby, a physician and divorced mother of 4, who backs gay marriage.

"Carl DeMaio, Richard Tisei, and Monica Wehby are antithetical to the Republican platform," the conservatives wrote. "Mr. DeMaio supports and aggressively advocates for the redefinition of marriage, and welcomed the judicial activism of the federal courts which stripped the people of California of their votes in support of maintaining marriage as the union on one man and one woman."

Boehner will be in California this week to raise money for state GOP candidates, including a private Saturday fundraiser for the openly gay DeMaio.

Cory Fritz, who speaks for Boehner on campaign matters said, "Carl DeMaio is a reformer and a champion of fiscal responsibility. He'll be a strong voice for efficient and accountable government in our House majority," the Hill reported.

Republicans are keen to widen their House majority, setting the ambitious goal of garnering an additional 12 seats in November. The speaker is making a special effort to campaign for candidates in Democratic states.

Boehner has channeled $14,000 each to DeMaio and Tisei this election period. The NRCC has given $2.3 million to aid DeMaio in his attempt to overcome freshman Rep. Scott Peters. Tisei has gotten $1 million to battle Democrat Seth Moulton.

There are presently 233 Republicans in the House, 199 Democrats, and 3 vacancies.

NRCC spokesman Ian Prior said, "Our decisions on the Republican nominees we support will not be based on race, gender or sexual orientation, but will be based on the strength of their candidacy and their ability to defeat Democrats," according to The Hill.

DeMaio said he was disappointed that some in the GOP would rather lose an election than support a gay candidate. "We're all coming together in a broad-based campaign not only to win a seat but send a national message that the Republican Party can be more inclusive and positive," he told The Hill.

Tisei said through a spokesman that he was encouraged that "there is a place in the party for people who are pro-marriage equality," The Hill reported.


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