As you all may know, my friend Matthew Berry was the first candidate this blog endorsed in the 2010 elections. And this fiscal conservative provides the perfect test case to see how rank-and-file Republicans — as well as conservative leaders — react to a gay candidate who is solid on the key Reaganite issues: fiscal conservatism, strong national defense, judicial restraint.
Well, so far, the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive; Matthew has racked up an impressive list of early endorsements, with his one-time conservative rival, Chris Hubbard withdrawing from the primary race and backing Matthew Berry. Hubbard believes that “Berry will bring compassion, intelligence, and strength of character to the issues that we both care about.”
Seem that issues matter more to some conservatives than an individual’s sexuality.
While I still think Matthew’s race is a long shot, I have long been convinced that Matthew is the kind of man who should be serving in Congress. He shares the Gipper’s belief that government is not the solution to our nation’s problems, but that government, by and large, is the problem.
If you live in Virginia’s Eighth Congressional District, make plans to attend his campaign kickoff event this coming Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 1:00 PM at Marymount University Conference Center, 1000 North Glebe Road in Arlington.
And join me in contributing to his campaign.