'Gay' GOP candidates unlikely to gain traction with base, says activist

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A Massachusetts-based pro-family activist finds it disturbing that three open homosexuals are running for Congress this year under the GOP banner.

No Republican has ever been openly homosexual when first elected to Congress. But the three candidates – one each in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and California – are trying to make history this fall in their runs for the U.S. House.

The candidates are Dan Innis, a former New Hampshire business school dean; former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio; and former Massachusetts State Senator Richard Tisei, who is expected to run again for the northeastern Massachusetts congressional seat he narrowly lost in 2012. Both Innis and Tisei are "married" to men.

Most political pundits believe none of them has an easy path because each must defeat a Democratic incumbent and deal with the fact that the conservative base of the GOP considers homosexuality to be immoral.

Camenker, Brian (MassResistance)Brian Camenker, president of MassResistance, also predicts a tough road ahead for the three. "The problem in all these races is going to be that the Republican base simply isn't going to come out for these guys," he says. "And what they really need [in order to win] is for the Democratic incumbents to be just extremely distasteful to the voters."

Camenker also is convinced that pandering to the "gay" agenda isn't likely to bring any pro-homosexual Democrats over to the Republican side of the ballot. "The Democrats – at least what we saw in Massachusetts – are not going to cross party lines to support a homosexual Republican unless they are just hard-core homosexual activists," he explains.

So what is Camenker's advice? "What these guys ought to do is become Democrats," he suggests.

Democrats currently have eight open homosexuals serving in Congress.

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