Reader MV passed along a McClatchy article on a “quiet transformation is taking place in the Republican Party, which has begun to embrace openly gay candidates – and among gay Republicans, who now feel more comfortable speaking out in a party that may have accepted them but didn’t always show it.”
The article reports how the party is rallying behind one openly gay candidate,
Richard Tisei, a former Massachusetts state senator, who’s campaigning on what he describes as the number one issue for gay voters and everyone else in the state’s 6th Congressional District, north of Boston.
“In general, the campaign I’m running on is based on the economy,” he said.
Tisei does support same-sex marriage, and he said party leaders knew that from the beginning of his campaign for Congress.
“I don’t agree with the party platform, but that doesn’t mean I’m not a good Republican,” Tisei said.
Hmmm. . . where did I hear that recently?
Tisei’s sexuality notwithstanding,
The National Republican Congressional Committee has designated Tisei as a “Young Gun,” meaning he’s on the national party’s radar and can expect to get more resources for his campaign. Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas said Tisei “has met organizational and fundraising benchmarks and has established himself as a strong contender.”
Does seem like some folks might need to change their narratives.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Chris H offers:
I’ve been saying this for years.. but once the “gay” thing goes away, the Democrats are going to have a really hard time maintaining their grasp on to the LGBT alphabet community.
My gay friends sure hate those Republicans … but when I discuss Liberterian/Republican concepts with out identifying them as “Republican” I generally get agreement.
Read the whole thing.