Californian Carl DeMaio has an excellent shot at being among the first openly gay Republicans to be elected to Congress. But as I’ve said before (and to the annoyance of the partisan lock-step brigade, will keep saying), successful openly gay Republican officeholders are LGBT progressives worst nightmare.
As noted in this report by Foxnews.com:
DeMaio has been the target of homophobic attacks. But where are those attacks coming from? It’s not always from the far right social conservatives you’d expect; rather, it’s been from DeMaio’s left—the liberal and Democrat-affiliated groups that you’d think would be proud that an openly gay successful businessman has decided to run for office.
One false attack drew the attention of the San Diego Ethics Commission. An anonymous left-wing group funded a SuperPac and sent mailers of DeMaio Photoshopped next to a drag queen to neighborhoods with a majority of elderly and African-American voters, knowing that such a photo would depress support for DeMaio. That was so egregious and false that the group was fined by the city’s Ethics Commission, but even after that, and with his 100 percent voting record with the LGBT community, the Left still didn’t speak up to defend him. …
As the race heats up and DeMaio gains in the polls ahead of the Republican primary on June 3rd, the LGBT groups have gone from silence about his candidacy to actively working against him.
What would be the impact if one, two or even three openly gay Republicans were elected to Congress in November (counting Richard Tisei in Massachusetts and Dan Innis in New Hampshire), as now seems possible? It could hasten the inevitable sea change within the national GOP on gay issues.