Reject the Gays, Says Va. Congressman
A Virginia House Republican is causing friction among colleagues by pushing the House GOP campaign to withhold support for the party’s gay candidates.
According to Think Progress Rep. Randy Forbes is urging the National Republican Congressional Committee to not support any gay candidates.
Politico reports that this could affect the campaigns of 2014 openly gay Republican candidates, such as Richard Tisei, who is running again in northeastern Massachusetts, and Carl DeMaio, a San Diego former city councilman running for Dem. Rep. Scott Peters’ seat.
Despite Forbes’ pleas, many Republicans have donated campaign funds to Tisei and DeMaio, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor donating $10,000 to DeMaio in June, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy giving $5,000.
"GOP leaders can do whatever they want to do," in terms of donating to gay candidates, Forbes told Politico. But he does not want them to contribute to campaigns, saying, "There would be a different situation if they tried to force other members to give money."
Forbes said that he did not want the National Republican Congressional Committee - funded through tens of millions of dollars in dues from House Republicans - to donate to gay candidates.