This guy looks like a total fool..
I do however believe a gay man or most likely a gay woman could win a Republican primary...if they had a strong passion for important issues and didnt spend much time talking about homosexuality. If they didnt build their campaign around their lifestyle, someone could pull it off.
the worst most vicious homophobia they would face would come from the left.
Most people never stop to think about where the old phrase Caught with a dead girl or a live boy came from. It came from Politicians being caught with dead girls and live (IE Homosexual) boys.
The incentive for a closeted or even open homosexual to give in to blackmail is myriad. Thats why Sec clearances were only given to the most stable and upstanding - once upon a time. One practically had to out-straight and narrow the Pope to get one. Today, they are seemingly given for the opposite - and so you get compromised/compromisable people in positions they ought not be in.
This guys problem is what he was hiding. And you are spot on that the most nasty dressing down and homophobia would come from the left.
And so it has...