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CA GOP has first openly gay board member
SFGate.com ^ | 3/21/11 | Joe Garofoli

Posted on 03/21/2011 6:43:08 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

Lost amidst all insider bickering, Haley Barbour question-dodging, press-banning and John Bolton sabre-rattling at the weekend California Republican convention was a bit of history:

The party elected its first openly gay board member. And we didn't see a hoot of protest about it.

"Well, openly gay," quipped Gregory Gandrud, who just took his seat on the 23-member board. The 50-year-old Carpinteria (Santa Barbara County) resident is a longtime party activist, and Capinteria council member from 2002-2006.

So about being "the first" -- a caveat: The California Log Cabin Republicans believe he is the first California Republican Party board member. Gandrud does, too. National Log Cabiners could only think of one other person on a national board. But the CRP itself isn't sure:

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It's a bit strange that the party didn't announce it at the convention, especially when new party chair Tom Del Beccaro and other officials made such an effort to talk about how the party was going to reach out to new audiences.

Gandrud told us he didn't make it an issue in his campaign. .. "asked if I was going to make it an issue in my campaign. I told them, 'I don't plan on it. I hope nobody else does,'" Gandrud told us.

And no one did. Perhaps that Republican "pup tent" just got a little bigger. Among Gandrud's endorsers: GOP party chair Tom Del Beccaro, Treasurer Mike Osborn and state Sen. Tony Strickland -- none known for their liberal tendencies.

Gandrud thought it was a positive that the uber-conservative California Republican Assembly -- while it didn't endorse him -- didn't actively oppose him or fund a rival candidate to run against him. He's not married to his partner of four years, but they have been registered domestic partners for three.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: boardmember; cagop; delbeccaro; gay; gregorygandrud; logcabin; mikeosborn; openly; tomdelbeccaro; tonystrickland
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CA GOP has first openly gay board member...not that there's anything wrong with that

1 posted on 03/21/2011 6:43:11 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Burning my GOP card now.


2 posted on 03/21/2011 6:46:03 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
And no one did. Perhaps that Republican "pup tent" just got a little bigger.

I won't be sharing my "pup tent" with a queer.

The "big tenters" in the republican party can take a hike.

3 posted on 03/21/2011 6:48:55 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: NormsRevenge

aren’t all gays, ‘openly gay’ these days? why the emphasis? can I be introduced as ‘openly hetero’?


4 posted on 03/21/2011 6:49:16 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: NormsRevenge

and...many State GOP parties wonder why they are having problems raising money...


5 posted on 03/21/2011 6:50:09 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: goodnesswins

PS....I could care less if someone is “gay”.....but, I do NOT want to know about it....


6 posted on 03/21/2011 6:51:15 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: NormsRevenge

What does being “openly gay” accomplish? I mean, does it balance a budget? Is it a requisite for supporting the Second Amendment? Why is it so damned important that he be gay and a Republican? Nothing, ergo, in all respects, other than rubbing it in the face of conservative Republicans, it serves NO purpose.


7 posted on 03/21/2011 6:51:30 PM PDT by swatbuznik
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To: NormsRevenge
When push comes to shove, homosexuals will always put social issues ahead of economic issues, and they will always emphasize Liberalism in their social viewpoints.

The guy may not know it himself, but he's a Democrat.

In schools, churches, and Republican gatherings, homosexuals should be identified and deprived of authority. They will always introduce moral corruption. Always. They should be ministered to, but they cannot be allowed to lead, for they will lead astray.

8 posted on 03/21/2011 6:51:53 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: blueplum

Excellent post. I should also describe myself as openly anti-homo.


9 posted on 03/21/2011 6:52:09 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO FKBRK)
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To: NormsRevenge

Who gives a rip.

As long as he supports traditional marriage, he’d get my vote.


10 posted on 03/21/2011 6:53:38 PM PDT by Fido969
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To: NormsRevenge

You can’t be proud of homosexual behavior and be conservative or Christian. It is impossible and by promoting dysfunctional behavior in the Republican party is to try to destroy everything they stand for=Rights from God (no Bible allowed because it calls the behavior an abomination—no freedom of religion and thought. Reeducation camps required to force the abnormal onto normal thinking people. Freedom?

They are condemning the Founding principles of the nation....all Founders found homosexuality an evil and outlawed the behavior. It is destructive in so many ways and does not promote a civil society built on Natural Law Theory. It is sexist and teaches hate of opposite sex and promotes lust over family.

Why not embrace pederasty like all homosexual societies embrace...after all it is the same behavior....just a little age discrimination? Stupid gutless people to tell homosexuals the truth....that their behavior is dysfunctional and sick.

Come on Republicans...get some common sense!!!!!! Don’t cowtow to Satan.


11 posted on 03/21/2011 6:56:20 PM PDT by savagesusie
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To: NormsRevenge

“Log Cabin” (gag) Republicans of course.

It used to be that if a Republican was gay, only his best friend knew for sure.


12 posted on 03/21/2011 6:59:07 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: NormsRevenge

They can keep their filth to themselves.


13 posted on 03/21/2011 7:16:01 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: NormsRevenge; TankerKC
Long ago, I said that CA GOP can’t find its a$$ with both hands.

This guy'll help them.

14 posted on 03/21/2011 7:26:41 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: blueplum

iM A CLOSETED HETERO I’ve never yet told anyone I’m straight...no one ever asked so I didn’t tell...


15 posted on 03/21/2011 8:37:41 PM PDT by merryberry
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To: merryberry
iM A CLOSETED HETERO I’ve never yet told anyone I’m straight

Really? Your profile says you have a husband and two sons.

16 posted on 03/21/2011 10:07:40 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Obama: nobel peace prize winner, warmonger, golfer.)
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To: NormsRevenge

17 posted on 03/21/2011 10:21:22 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Pay heed to your principled position and you won't have to worry about your political position.)
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To: Jim Robinson

GOP=Gay Old Party


18 posted on 03/21/2011 10:23:26 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: NormsRevenge
Tom Del Beccaro and other officials made such an effort to talk about how the party was going to reach out to new audiences

Will they start reaching out to conservatives now? I thought not.

19 posted on 03/22/2011 1:37:34 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Sapere Aude!" --Immanuel Kant)
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To: newzjunkey

My point is, it doesn’t SAY I’m straight. You are just assuming. However a gay person would probably have the fact that they are gay written in their profile!


20 posted on 03/22/2011 7:44:30 AM PDT by merryberry
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To: blueplum
aren’t all gays, ‘openly gay’ these days?

Absolutely not. And if you look at the comments on this topic you'll see why.

It's not like the "gay community" has any tolerance or acceptance of Republican or religious homosexuals. They're treated like Justice Thomas or Herman Cain at an NAACP rally.

21 posted on 03/22/2011 2:45:39 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Obama: nobel peace prize winner, warmonger, golfer.)
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