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Straight talk about gay Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio

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    Let's pretend you're a screenwriter assigned to develop a character to run for Congress in California in 2014. You need a compelling story, so you make him an orphan at 13 – wait, even better his dad leaves the family two weeks before his mother died – and then social services splits up his brothers and sisters leaving him alone in the world.

    Despite those challenges he perseveres, putting himself through a top-tier college and then building and selling two multimillion-dollar companies.
    Thus financially secure, he decides to dedicate himself to public service and runs for City Council.
    Isn’t his story what the people who fight for equality say they’ve been fighting for?
    In his first term he works across party lines and four years after his first election he passes major pension reform that saves the city money and protects the retirement savings of thousand of people.
    For good measure, you make him openly gay and in a committed relationship, the first to feature his partner in campaign literature. He’s the perfect candidate to send to Washington, D.C. and, of course, he’s a Democrat, right?
    Wrong. The real story proves that truth is stranger and sometimes better than fiction. Your character already exists in Carl DeMaio of San Diego – except that he’s not a Democrat, he’s a (gasp!) Republican.
    No one in Hollywood would write this screenplay -- unless it was a tragicomedy that ends with the candidate realizing the error of his ways and fleeing to the nurturing embrace of doe-eyed and loving Democrats. Exit weeping.
    Isn’t his story what everyone who fights for equality says they’ve been fighting for?
    When I talked to DeMaio, he said he doesn’t want to emphasize his sexual orientation or his challenging childhood – he prefers to talk about the fiscal condition of the country and his candidacy to defeat freshman Rep. Scott Peters, a Democrat. But because he is who he is, and because his opponents are making an issue about his sexual orientation and lying about his record, he’s willing to talk about it. And he’s disrupting all of the stereotypes.
    Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
    Robert Southwell, S.J.

  • #2
    It's interesting that gay democrats in CA would try and trash a guy like that. I hope he wins.


    • #3
      Originally posted by RobJohnson View Post
      It's interesting that gay democrats in CA would try and trash a guy like that. I hope he wins.
      Interesting, but not surprising. It's become plenty apparent that gay people aren't allowed to wander any farther off the Democrat plantation than Black people are.
      It's been ten years since that lonely day I left you
      In the morning rain, smoking gun in hand
      Ten lonely years but how my heart, it still remembers
      Pray for me, momma, I'm a gypsy now


      • #4
        I heard Dana Perino talk about this earlier in the day..pretty interesting.
        May we raise children who love the unloved things - the dandelion, the worm, the spiderlings.
        Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
        And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
        may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.


        • #5
          "Pension reform" killed his aspirations.
          "Faith is nothing but a firm assent of the mind : which, if it be regulated, as is our duty, cannot be afforded to anything but upon good reason, and so cannot be opposite to it."
          -John Locke

          "It's all been melded together into one giant, authoritarian, leftist scream."