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CA: Lots of gay Assembly candidates--on the GOP side (Log Cabin Republicans) *FR mention*
Capitol Weekly ^ | 6/22/06 | Malcolm Maclachlan

Posted on 06/22/2006 9:16:59 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

If you're looking for a gay candidate to vote for in this fall's California legislative races, there are several out there. But they're more likely to be Republicans than Democrats.

GOP voters nominated five openly gay candidates in Assembly races. But all five will face general elections in urban districts with heavy Democratic registration advantages. This group includes William Chan in Sacramento (AD 9), Ralph Denney in northern San Diego (AD 76), Brenda Carol Green in South Central Los Angeles (AD 48), Mark Patrosso in San Jose (AD 23), and Steven Mark Sion in West Hollywood (AD 42). Only Denney and Sion ran opposed, but each won by at least 10 points.

By contrast, Democrats, who traditionally are far more supportive of gay causes, will only have two openly gay candidates in California legislative races this fall (Assembly incumbents John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, and Mark Leno, D-San Francisco).

Elena Popp--the lesbian candidate that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Caucus chair Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, D-Los Angeles, endorsed to replace her--came in third in the Democratic primary.

The only other openly gay non-incumbent seeking a Democratic nomination, Palm Springs Mayor Ron Oden, also lost in AD 80. The Senate currently has three openly gay Democrats: Christine Kehoe of San Diego, Sheila Kuehl of Santa Monica and Carol Migden of San Francisco--but none have to run for re-election this year.

All five gay GOP Assembly candidates will be endorsed by the California Log Cabin Republicans, according to the group's director, Jeff Bissiri. Bissiri admits they will face a tough time this fall, running in districts where Democrats hold a registration advantage varying from 54 percent to 20 percent. In 2004, Democrats took these seats by an average margin of 71 percent to 22 percent. This year, AD 23 will feature a rematch between Patrosso and Assemblyman Joe Coto, D-San Jose, who trounced the Log Cabin candidate by 39 points in 2004.

"We understand that it's an uphill battle in the elections," said Bissiri. "But they have the bully pulpits through the election."

However, some in the GOP vigorously oppose log cabin candidates. The writers of the hyper-conservative Free Republic Web site characterize the Log Cabin Republicans as "an [organization] shoving homosexual agendas on the GOP." For Patrosso's race in the AD 23, where he ran unopposed, Free Republic urged readers to either write in a candidate or not vote.

Mike Spence, president of the conservative California Republican Assembly, said that his group did not get involved in the races the Log Cabin candidates won. They only endorsed one, picking Sion's opponent, former police office Clark Baker, in the 42nd. However, he questioned whether someone could be both gay and conservative.

"I haven't met a social liberal who was a fiscal conservative yet," Spence said.

Sion, 43, described himself as a limited-government conservative who is very concerned about illegal immigration. On the all important gay-marriage question, he said that he supports "full and equal rights" for gays and lesbians, but is not necessarily worried about whether the word "marriage" is attached to these rights.

Denney, 52, largely echoed these positions. He's a former Democrat who said "the party left me" around 1976. While he also supports "full and equal" rights, he espouses a more incremental approach designed to avoid a backlash and address the thorny problem of Proposition 22, the 2000 initiative that stated, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

"The attempt to pass gay marriage was a cynical attempt to embarrass a governor who, up until that point, had been recognized by Equality California and the Human Rights Campaign as the most gay-friendly governor in history," Denney said.

"To suggest that Dolores Huerta, Alice Huffman, the California Council of Churches, all of the civil rights groups, all the parents and children who supported the effort, and I are being cynical doesn't even merit a response," Leno replied. "What is cynical is Republicans running gay candidates specifically and only running in districts where they will not have a possibility of winning."

Leno added that he believes the LGBT Caucus to be a Democratic caucus--especially considering the complete lack of support among legislative Republicans on issues important to gay people.

No matter what happens in November, however, the Log Cabin Republicans say they are here to stay. The group ran 11 legislative candidates in 2004--both Denney and Green lost Senate GOP primaries. They won six nominations, though only one was a contested race. These wins, possibly because so many California districts are safe Democratic seats, have allowed the group to put together a growing roster of seats on state and county Republican Central Committees.

It is no coincidence that the relatively gay-friendly Schwarzenegger is the most successful Republican in recent California history, Bissiri said, even as he goes against the divisive politics that have served the GOP well elsewhere in the country.

"The Republican Party in California will be a permanent minority party if we adopt that model," Bissiri said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: assembly; brendacarolgreen; caglbt; california; candidates; fr; gay; glbt; gop; homosexualagenda; ick; jackiegoldberg; logcabin; markleno; markpatrosso; newmajority; ralphdenney; republicans; rinos; stevenmarksion; williamchan
It is no coincidence that the relatively gay-friendly Schwarzenegger is the most successful Republican in recent California history, Bissiri said, even as he goes against the divisive politics that have served the GOP well elsewhere in the country.

"The Republican Party in California will be a permanent minority party if we adopt that model," ..


and that seems to be OK with some folks here at FR. Go figure.

1 posted on 06/22/2006 9:17:03 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

It's all in the capital "R": that means everything to many.


2 posted on 06/22/2006 9:19:00 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Well, at least they're Republicans... < /S >


3 posted on 06/22/2006 9:20:05 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: NormsRevenge

A gay Republican is far less likely to push their "lifestyle" on you than a straight Democrat.


4 posted on 06/22/2006 9:20:44 AM PDT by oldleft
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To: NormsRevenge
I miss the days where the term "openly gay" was unknown... And while the "tolerant" version of republicanism in California might meet some limited success, the same strategy nationwide will removed Republicans from any serious contention for any office.
5 posted on 06/22/2006 9:20:56 AM PDT by TheBattman (Islam (and liberalism)- the cult of a Cancer on Society)
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To: Jim Robinson
The writers of the hyper-conservative Free Republic Web

Hear that, Jim? I need muh straightjacket man! And my padded cell before I go into convulsions here!

6 posted on 06/22/2006 9:21:42 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: oldleft
A gay Republican is far less likely to push their "lifestyle" on you than a straight Democrat.

Yes, they will tell you first before screwing you.

7 posted on 06/22/2006 9:23:42 AM PDT by Windsong (Jesus Saves, but Buddha makes incremental backups)
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To: NormsRevenge

Whatever happened to privacy? Why do people insist on defining themselves by their sexual proclivities?


8 posted on 06/22/2006 9:25:13 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (That's taxes, not Texas. I have no beef with TX. NJ has the highest property taxes in the nation.)
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To: NormsRevenge
and that seems to be OK with some folks here at FR. Go figure.

I don't understand what point you are making. It seems you are saying the Republicans should adopt Democrat platform planks to not be a minority party, but it's hard to tell if that is what you are saying.

9 posted on 06/22/2006 9:26:54 AM PDT by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: NormsRevenge

This is why I'm voting for the Real Deal, Angelides. Rinold is toast !


10 posted on 06/22/2006 9:27:11 AM PDT by John Lenin (The RAT party is still Stuck on Stupid)
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To: NormsRevenge; E-Mat
Hee-hee. Somebody's been paying attention to us. :-)
11 posted on 06/22/2006 9:31:52 AM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (The super-hyyyyyi-yi-yi-yi-yi-peractive Conservative!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: oldleft
A gay Republican is far less likely to push their "lifestyle" on you than a straight Democrat.

That's absolutely right. They tend to be equally put-off by their own extremists.

LBT
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12 posted on 06/22/2006 9:33:39 AM PDT by LiberalBassTurds (There's nothing more pitiful than a retarded philosopher.)
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To: NormsRevenge
and that seems to be OK with some folks here at FR. Go figure.

What do you call a republican who hires mostly democrats and adopts their agenda ? I call him a democrat.
13 posted on 06/22/2006 9:37:53 AM PDT by John Lenin (The RAT party is still Stuck on Stupid)
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To: NormsRevenge

Way to go FR. Anything else is a lesson in how to lose even if you win.


14 posted on 06/22/2006 9:42:07 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Tired of Taxes
Whatever happened to privacy? Why do people insist on defining themselves by their sexual proclivities?

That is a question which is never answered and a complete and utter mystery other than the fact that they wish to compel others to accept their behavior. Beyond that there is no reason to disclose one's sexual activity.

What about a Republican K9 party? You know, Republican's who have sexual relations with their dog. Do they have special announcements for these people to run for office? Sheesh.

15 posted on 06/22/2006 9:43:06 AM PDT by Obadiah (The beatings will continue until morale improves.)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
(The super-hyyyyyi-yi-yi-yi-yi-peractive Conservative!!!!!}

Hilarious ;D!
16 posted on 06/22/2006 9:48:04 AM PDT by poobear (The most critical job that Americans will not do (just illegals): Vote for Democrats!)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Whatever happened to privacy? Why do people insist on defining themselves by their sexual proclivities?



They want to be considered
"Normal".


17 posted on 06/22/2006 10:00:56 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Wanna help kick some liberal arse? It's not just a job here at FR, IT's an obsession.)
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To: tallhappy

I am simply saying there are supporters for the GLBT agenda here at FR and in the Ca GOP leadership and in the
New Majority who are pushing things down other folks throats in a quest for power, pure and simple.


18 posted on 06/22/2006 10:04:22 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Wanna help kick some liberal arse? It's not just a job here at FR, IT's an obsession.)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Well, at least the author didn't call us hyper-constipated. :-o

FR, a wholesome nutritional fiber for the sane masses.

Am I banned yet? lolol


19 posted on 06/22/2006 10:20:14 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Wanna help kick some liberal arse? It's not just a job here at FR, IT's an obsession.)
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To: NormsRevenge; All
"John Laird, D-Santa Cruz"

That's the Gay (BLEEP-BLEEPER) that authored that abomination that Schwartzenrenegger signed, called the "Sierra-Nevada CONservancy!"

What a horrific insult to all the conservatives in the huge Sierra-Nevada mountain range to be saddled with another layer of nonsensical government by a queer Commonist and a queer Commonist loving RINO Governor!!!

And you FReepers that keep thrusting your undying support of this on the rest of us are no better than they are!!!

20 posted on 06/22/2006 10:25:32 AM PDT by SierraWasp (California is MEXIFORNIA , MANANA!!! The European settlers suffer from GANG-GREEN, TODAY!!!)
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To: SierraWasp

I will never vote for a man that puts his hee-hee in another mans ha-ha.


21 posted on 06/22/2006 10:27:26 AM PDT by samadams2000 (Somebody important make The Call.....pitchforks and lanterns.!)
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To: NormsRevenge
I am simply saying there are supporters for the GLBT agenda here at FR and in the Ca GOP leadership and in the New Majority who are pushing things down other folks throats in a quest for power, pure and simple.

They can't stay hidden forever. They'll come out(no pun intended) and when they do....see my tagline.

22 posted on 06/22/2006 10:32:36 AM PDT by darkangel82 (Higher visibility leads to greater zottability.)
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To: NormsRevenge

This is an object lesson in why liberal Republicans should never be supported by conservatives.


23 posted on 06/22/2006 10:35:09 AM PDT by Antoninus (I don't vote for liberals -- regardless of party.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"The attempt to pass gay marriage was a cynical attempt to embarrass a governor who, up until that point, had been recognized by Equality California and the Human Rights Campaign as the most gay-friendly governor in history," Denney said.

Exactly right. As well as to offer cover for the hordes of pro-GLBT legislation that was passed quietly at the same time, avoiding headlines.

24 posted on 06/22/2006 10:45:32 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: NormsRevenge
"I haven't met a social liberal who was a fiscal conservative yet," Spence said.

So true.

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25 posted on 06/22/2006 10:46:42 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: CounterCounterCulture; NormsRevenge; shephrd; poobear; calcowgirl
Free Republic Web site characterize the Log Cabin Republicans as "an [organization] shoving homosexual agendas on the GOP."

Wow. I got quoted. I knew if I stuck with you guys I'd go places. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1641600/posts?page=1#1

26 posted on 06/22/2006 11:50:35 AM PDT by E-Mat
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To: samadams2000
No matter what'cha call it... It's an exit, NOT an entry point!!!

Any idiot can deduce this through the process of ELIMINATION!!!

Any plumber, with, or without a crack, can tell you that, right along with any electrician or physician that passed his/her Gray's Anatomy class!!!

What in the he!! is wrong with these idiots??? They haven't got a lick of sense!!!

27 posted on 06/22/2006 11:50:44 AM PDT by SierraWasp (California is MEXIFORNIA , MANANA!!! The European settlers suffer from GANG-GREEN, TODAY!!!)
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To: E-Mat
Wow. I got quoted. I knew if I stuck with you guys I'd go places.

ROFL! Congratulations (I think)!

28 posted on 06/22/2006 12:18:13 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: NormsRevenge; All
We need to get RAT-perv Mark Leno out of the Assembly. He's been a grand obstructionist on the "public safety committee" and defender of child predators.
29 posted on 06/22/2006 2:12:43 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Support Arnold-McClintock or embrace higher taxes with Angelides.)
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To: Obadiah; Tired of Taxes
They're running for public office. Some constituents want to know if a candidate is married, divorced, has children, cheats on a spouse... For them, it's part of gauging the candidate.

If you folks are married or have kids, do you making any attempts to hide it? Do your coworkers know?

Should these folks simply present themselves as "single," dodge any questions about it?

If they weren't upfront, you'd say they were trying to put one over on you and if they are upfront you claim they're trying to shove it down your throat. Not particularly reasonable treatment, imho.

30 posted on 06/22/2006 2:19:09 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Support Arnold-McClintock or embrace higher taxes with Angelides.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Well, at least they're Republicans...

LOL

31 posted on 06/22/2006 2:21:00 PM PDT by DBeers ()
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To: samadams2000
What makes you sure they engage in that behavior? What if they practice celibacy as called for by the Catholic Church, for example?
32 posted on 06/22/2006 2:22:51 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Support Arnold-McClintock or embrace higher taxes with Angelides.)
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To: Windsong
Yes, they will tell you first before screwing you.

No, no, they will tell you fist before firsting you.
Umm, I mean...........
Oh, you know what I mean.

33 posted on 06/22/2006 2:26:45 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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CA: Lots of gay Assembly candidates--on the GOP side

Does this refer to happy Assembly candidates or to Assembly candidates who choose to identify themselves in general by the homosexual activity they feel drawn toward and or choose to engage in? What will be seeing next -specific position identity claims; e.g. CA: Lots of ____________ (fill in blank) sexual position Assembly candidates--on the GOP side?

34 posted on 06/22/2006 2:28:37 PM PDT by DBeers ()
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To: newzjunkey
If they weren't upfront, you'd say they were trying to put one over on you

No, I wouldn't. I'd say it's a private matter that is no one's business.

35 posted on 06/22/2006 9:31:48 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes (That's taxes, not Texas. I have no beef with TX. NJ has the highest property taxes in the nation.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

If only they'd keep it private and no one's business.


36 posted on 06/22/2006 9:56:24 PM PDT by little jeremiah
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To: NormsRevenge

And I thought we had problems in Idaho. How would you like to be a part of all that?


37 posted on 06/23/2006 9:32:25 AM PDT by Delphinium
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To: E-Mat
He didn't respond to CAProLife's questions (never does).

Sounds like some so-called republicans here in Idaho. They disregard the Republican platform. I'd rather have democrats.
38 posted on 06/23/2006 9:36:42 AM PDT by Delphinium
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