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Three Gay Republicans Trying To Make Election History [GOP In Cultural Collapse]
CBSNews ^ | January 19, 2013

Posted on 01/19/2014 8:41:02 PM PST by Steelfish

January 19, 2014 Three Gay Republicans Trying To Make Election History

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Dan Innis' husband persuaded him to run for the U.S. House.

It didn't matter that Innis, a former business school dean, faced an aggressive Democratic incumbent, GOP colleagues who oppose his right to marry, and history — no Republican ever has been openly gay when first elected to Congress.

"He said, 'You've got to do this,'" recalls Innis, running in the 1st Congressional District, which covers most of eastern New Hampshire. "He said, 'You need to take this opportunity and see if you can make a difference.'"

Innis plays down his sexuality as a campaign issue, but acknowledges the historic undertones. He is among three openly gay Republicans nationwide expected to run in this year's midterm elections. None has an easy path to Washington.

Each ultimately must unseat a Democratic incumbent, overcome brushes with hate and confront passionate divisions within the GOP about the way they live their lives. The Republican Party is trying to soften its tone on divisive social issues, but many religious conservatives see homosexuality as immoral.

Innis is married to a man, as is former state Sen. Richard Tisei, R-Mass., who is expected to run again for the northeastern Massachusetts congressional seat he narrowly lost in 2012 to Democratic Rep. John Tierney.

In San Diego, former Republican city councilman Carl DeMaio is challenging first-term Democratic Rep. Scott Peters.

"You can't focus on any of the nasty comments or attacks — not just from far right, also from far left," DeMaio says.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: homonazirepublican

1 posted on 01/19/2014 8:41:02 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish
N. H. is Lost!

"Live Free or Die" no longer rulz.

2 posted on 01/19/2014 8:43:31 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Steelfish

They won’t ever get as bad as Kalifornia.


3 posted on 01/19/2014 8:44:36 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Steelfish

The GOP isn’t in cultural collapse. What is it with the endless douchebag parade around here trying to broadbrush the GOP with every piece of slander crap they can come up with?

Sounds like DU or the Paulbots have infiltrated FR.


4 posted on 01/19/2014 8:46:06 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: Steelfish

Sounds like a disaster.


5 posted on 01/19/2014 8:46:57 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: Steelfish
I've always shuddered at the term "Gay Republican" (Log Cabin Republican) as that of being the worsst sort of oxymoron.

Did you know that humans and rats share 99% of the same DNA? Does that make humans, rodents as well? Of course not. Gay Republicans share the same political view on all issues except for one.

The left of center Republicans accepted Gay Republicans as part of the party because it helped increase membership and the power and influence that comes with it. But the cop-out was a "Faustian Bargain" where in essence it was having made a pact with the Devil.

At the end of the day, it is this one issue that maintains the difference between Gay Republicans and normal heterosexual Republicans as that of humans and rats.

There's nothing more to be said. Case closed.

6 posted on 01/19/2014 8:55:21 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: Steelfish
Dan Innis' husband persuaded him to run for the U.S. House

No, he did not - in order for Dan Innis to have a husband, he would have to be a wife - by very definition. Since he's a man, that's not possible.

7 posted on 01/19/2014 8:57:38 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Paladin2

Innis will be handily defeated in the primary ... He is inconsequential.

Only the left would think he is a big deal.


8 posted on 01/19/2014 9:03:01 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

I hope he is “happy”.


9 posted on 01/19/2014 9:06:14 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: campaignPete R-CT

This articles only talks about the “openly gay Republicans” facing a tough contest against their “Democrat opponents in the fall”. I guess the writer forgot we have a thing called GOP primaries that they have to get through first. Hopefully none of these guys will be nominated.


10 posted on 01/19/2014 9:08:24 PM PST by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: Steelfish

Oh, they’ve tried. When I first got back to Iowa after leaving the service in the 80’s they were trying to get a gay man nominated for congress.


11 posted on 01/19/2014 9:08:32 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: Steelfish

Just see my tag line.


12 posted on 01/19/2014 9:12:38 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Free Vulcan; BillyBoy

NH GOPers ... all the more reason to support former Congressman Frank Guinta in the primary.

http://teamguinta.com/together/

Tisei may end up facing DEM Seth Moulton USMC Veteran

http://www.sethmoulton.com/

Carl DeMaio has a primary against
Kirk Jorgensen (R) - Retired USMC Officer & Iraq War Veteran
http://kirkjorgensenforcongress.com/
red Simon Jr. (R) - Physician
http://fredsimonforcongress.com/


13 posted on 01/19/2014 9:25:21 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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To: Steelfish

see #13
Your reports of our demise have been greatly exaggerated.


14 posted on 01/19/2014 9:26:26 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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Contrast DeMaio with one of his primary opponents ...

“Fred lives in Coronado and is currently practicing general surgery and serving as Acting Medical Director of the Surgical Hospitalist program at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. His wife, Maria Simon, is a Member of the Coronado School Board with over ten years’ experience volunteering at different levels within the local school district. Fred and Maria are the proud parents of three children, Nicole (15), Joey (13), and Jack (11). The Simons are members of Sacred Heart Catholic parish in Coronado and enjoy water sports, snow skiing, traveling and participating in youth sports.”

Choose to focus on the positive and bear the nuisance of the negatives.


15 posted on 01/19/2014 9:36:17 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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To: Free Vulcan

>> The GOP isn’t in cultural collapse.

Yeah, promoting Romney wasn’t any indication of that possibility.


16 posted on 01/19/2014 9:41:24 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Steelfish

It’s not just the GOP. The Dems have been headed this direction for sometime.


17 posted on 01/19/2014 9:45:31 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Steelfish

Dan Innis doesn’t have a husband in spite of what CBS, New Hampshire or any other human being says. Dan Innis will one day stand before God and then he can try to explain how he says he has a “husband.”


18 posted on 01/19/2014 9:55:38 PM PST by armydawg505
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To: Steelfish
"That led House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to pledge public support for gay Republicans."

Boehner needs to go.

19 posted on 01/19/2014 10:20:22 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: campaignPete R-CT; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican

NH-1: I heard Frank Guinta was fairly low-key and establishment, but he probably looks like Jesse Helms next to his RINO primary opponent. At least Guinta is solidly pro-life and pro-traditional marriage. No doubt the media will be touting the RINO, but we should win this primary fairly easily given Guinta’s name ID.

MA-6: It looks like Richard Tisei is unopposed in the primary, so we’re probably stuck with him. Of course, even if 2014 turns out to be a great year for the GOP,
I expect the RATs will sweep Mass. like they did last time, and this “electable” RINO will lose to the RAT again. If I was in Mass., I’d run a write-in campaign
against Tisei just so actual Republicans can cast a token protest vote.

CA-52: This might be a tricky one. Both Kirk Jorgensen and Fred Simon sound like pretty decent conservatives, hopefully primary voters will agree on one of them and they won’t split the vote so DeMaio squeaks by.

Overall, despite the fact the media would love having an openly gay Republican” in Congress just to rub it in our faces (didn’t we already have that with Jim Kolbe? Must not have been “groundbreaking” because he was “outed’ after being elected or something), I’d say the odds of it happening in 2014 are pretty slim. Even slimmer is the chance that ANY of these three “openly gay” candidates actually turn out to be good solid conservatives who only disagree with the GOP base on “one issue”.

But hey, all the “consevatives” who scream that EVERYONE over the age of 30 who is unmarried MUST be “secretly gay” and needs to come out and publicly showcase it (just as the left ALSO demands) can be proud that these three guys have taken their advice. Puke.


20 posted on 01/20/2014 1:54:13 AM PST by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: Steelfish

Now what is wrong? If they are against Obamacare, for gun rights and for cutting taxes, I wouldn’t care if he was a polygamist.


21 posted on 01/20/2014 3:11:39 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014theyearofdeadRINOs)
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To: armydawg505

Red Hampshire is the least religious state in America, although it trades off with Vermont from year to year.


22 posted on 01/20/2014 3:18:48 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Steelfish

Abortionist Carol Shea-Porter vs. a ‘Republican’ sodomite...well, Christians...vote for the lesser of two evils, right?


23 posted on 01/20/2014 3:28:45 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

“Gay” republican.......He won’t get MY vote. I don’t want HIM representing ME.


24 posted on 01/20/2014 5:26:57 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Gene Eric

Ah yes, the typical douchebag comment.

WHO promoted Romney? WHO? The GOPe? Tell me something I don’t know. There will also a ton of others who didn’t support him, didn’t endorse him, didn’t donate to him, and didn’t promote him.

As if Romney being the nominee is indicative of the state of the entire GOP. I will grant that the GOPe has significant power, power enough at least to control our Presidential nominee, but in typical douchebag fashion, your circle jerk brigade naturally focuses on that thing to the exclusion to all else.

Funny, just like the commie fascist libs do. Good old Alinsky tactics. If it quacks like a duck it is a duck. We have a constitution and a divided govt, and multiple avenues to achieve progress even if for the moment we can’t elect the President we want. Anyone sincere should work to exploit those avenues, not sit around and declared the war lost. It’s so funny how all these supposed constitutionalists always focus on the Presidency just like the media and all the other libs, as if he is dictator.

Bottom line is the GOP is a large multifaceted organization in where some good things are happening and some bad things are happening. It’s not all just that single one thing that the Douchebag Brigade always holds up, like good little commies.

None of the GOP slamming garbage is sincere here, it’s all provocateurs with agendas and handlers working the forum to keep real conservatives from achieving any political gains by making them think they have no home and nowhere to go, and thereby keeping them defeated and discouraged.

If it’s so frickin’ hopeless, put a gun in your mouth and blow your head off already, and be done with it.


25 posted on 01/20/2014 7:05:47 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: BillyBoy; campaignPete R-CT; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued

There is no “Republican primary” in CA-52; CA now has a “jungle primary,” so Republicans, Democrats, etc. all run on the same ballot, and the top-two finishers, irrespective of party (and even if one of them gets 50%+1 in the “primary”), will face each other one-on-one in November. Having two conservatives run for the seat with a jungle-primary format makes it even more difficult for one of them to get elected than it would if there was a GOP primary, since not only will the two split the conservative vote, but the gay RINO DeMaio (BTW, his name is pronounced in such way that his Chris Berman-style nickname would be “Cinco,” not “Hold”) will get votes from Democrats and “independents” and easily finish in the top-two along with the RAT Peters. We need to run a single conservative in the jungle primary, hope that he gets at least 34% to ensure that he makes the run-off, hope that Peters holds enough of the RAT vote to beat out DeMaio so that it’s a conservative Republican versus a liberal Democrat in the general, and then have the conservative Republican get a bog turnout and attract the lion’s share of moderate Republicans and independents to defeat Peters; I fear that, if DeMaio makes the runoff against a conservative Republican (either because Peters’ reelection implodes or because one or two other Democrats jump in), the general would see DeMaio will get the Democrat votes and enough independent and RINO votes to beat the conservative.

As for Frank Guinta, I heard that he voted for Boehner for Speaker, so he must be a GOPe RINO, and true Tea Partiers will support the pro-abortion, pro-same-sex-marriage homosexual because he’ll “shake things up in Washington.” /s//


26 posted on 01/20/2014 7:46:36 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what ma kes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: campaignPete R-CT; Free Vulcan; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj
Tisei may end up facing DEM Seth Moulton USMC Veteran

You dare to post a rat's campaign site on FR apparently without even reading it? Moulton is LIBERAL, just as pro-gay as Sissei despite not indulging in the perversion himself, pro-bamacare, pro-"War on poverty", easily to Sissei's left. He also has no chance of beating Tierney in the primary.

Wanna do something in that seat? Find a halfway decent Republican to run against Sissei in the most Republican seat in MA. Or a third party, anything.

I understand Sissi is so liberal himself and gayer than Liberace's toy poodle's bedazzled water bowl so maybe it would be best if he lost the GE rather have him infect the GOP conference like HIV, but you can't go backing a rat to his left, that's insane.

I have to echo Free Vulcan in advising some chillaxation, the GOP is not "in cultural collapse" because a few perverts are running.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39YUXIKrOFk

Anyway, Innis looks like a joke, nothing to worry about from him. "Gay" is more of a dealbreaker than liberal for some people, I bet if he wasn't gay plenty of people here would support him over "establishment Guinta" just because he's an "outsider" as Auh2o jokes. We saw a RINO "outsider" beat an "establishment" conservative recently in that Louisiana special election. Absolutely shameful.

We gotta one of those 2 conservative out in Cali.

27 posted on 01/20/2014 1:22:15 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Free Vulcan

You’re an idiot.


28 posted on 01/20/2014 1:46:03 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Steelfish

Couldn’t get past “his husband.”


29 posted on 01/20/2014 1:48:16 PM PST by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: Free Vulcan

Good for you! The Democrats and Libertarians are out to confuse and slander in order to keep GOP voters from turning out. It’s Obama’s only shot at control in ‘14.


30 posted on 01/20/2014 1:50:21 PM PST by Deb (If you wanna laugh everyday, follow Deepak Chopra on Twitter)
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To: Gene Eric

And you’re a fool, sitting in his armchair spouting ignorant crap while trying to sow dissension and negativity for whatever pinhead agenda you’re trying to push. Reality is so far from your little world that you and all the other little imbeciles around here are completely without credibility.


31 posted on 01/22/2014 6:02:20 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: Free Vulcan

When referencing the GOP, I believe most are referring to the “establishment”, not the entire Republican Party and every rep on the hill.


32 posted on 01/22/2014 6:17:05 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Gene Eric

Which is a load of horsecrap. Most of it here is language wanting the complete destruction of the GOP.


33 posted on 01/23/2014 6:14:27 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: Free Vulcan

GOP now stands for “Gay Old Party.”


34 posted on 01/23/2014 6:14:57 AM PST by dfwgator
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