Friday, December 9, 2011

The GOP's Willing Accomplices

Mr. Baron and Mr. LaSalvia of GOProud took time out from looking at themselves in flattering mirrors to issue a press release. Below (after the jump) is GOProud's statement regarding the complicity of a top Perry campaign staffer, Tony Fabrizio     who is gay, in Perry's clearly anti-gay campaign. While it sorely needs a drivel-ectomy, I have provided it in full.

What on earth makes the folks at GOProud think that they are any better than Fabrizio?

GOProud fancies themselves as part of the Tea Party. Apparently, they still don't realize that the Tea Party is just an extension of the conservative Christians who have hijacked the Republican Party. As if to prove that they were Republicans first and "homosexuals" second, GOProud spent money to try to unseat Barney Frank last year.

This year, GOProud was a co-sponsor of CPAC. Well, the GOP put them "in their place." For 2012, they have not only been purged but replaced by Robert George's American Principles Project.

There are three    three    sane GOP members of Congress; the two Senators from Maine and Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen. The Republicans have not earned gay support. The very fact that Mr. Perry thinks that it is acceptable to GOP voters to voice extremist anti-gay views should tell GOProud something.

Where is the GOP's opprobrium for Perry's explicit homophobia?

If any Republican has spoken out? The libertarian posing as the ideological successor to Barry Goldwater    Ron Paul    has Mike Heath working for his campaign. Actually, Mr. Goldwater, "Mr. Conservative," could never get nominated by today's GOP. He supported numerous gay rights, was fiercely pro-choice and warned about the growing influence of the Christian Conservatives in the party.

To get their names in the paper and to feel like they are sitting at the cool-kids' table, Baron and LaSalvia have sold out the gay community. Fortunately, they lack the influence and political savvy to be full enablers but they are enablers of bigotry.

(Washington, D.C.) – “From the time this organization was founded we have been clear in our opposition to outing. We would never intentionally out anyone. However, in the case of Tony Fabrizio, top pollster and chief strategist for the Presidential campaign of Texas Governor Rick Perry, we did not believe there was any question about his sexual orientation – nor did the reporters who called us to ask about his involvement in Perry’s anti-gay campaign strategy. Questions about an individual’s sexual orientation should obviously be answered by that individual.

“Let us be crystal clear, however, Tony Fabrizio is not the victim here. Tony Fabrizio has lined his pockets for years with money from gay groups and is now one of the chief architects of a campaign strategy – not just an isolated television ad – intended to demonize gay people in order to score political points. Fabrizio claims he opposed the latest anti-gay Perry television ad. If Fabrizio really does oppose the ad and the broader strategy then the honorable and decent thing to do would be to resign from the campaign. Tony Fabrizio is no junior staffer he is one of the top campaign pollsters and strategists in the country.

“It is obvious that the campaign of Rick Perry is desperate, and in a desperate last ditch effort to become relevant in the GOP Presidential race he and his campaign have decided to employ a strategy that plays to the cheap seats and appeals to the worst in people. Rick Perry should be embarrassed and the people around him who are the architects of this strategy, particularly people like Tony Fabrizio, should be ashamed.”
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