This past week, in response to Rick Perry’s latest campaign ad attacking LGB soldiers, GOProud attacked Perry pollster Tony Fabrizio for the ‘hypocrisy’ of being both a Perry staffer and being gay. This has lead Andrew Breitbart to quit the advisory board for GOProud.
The reason why Breitbart is resigning has to do not with the attack, but rather the fact that Fabrizio is not publically gay, and he is hardly in the public eye. Breitbart stated taht he is resigning because of the “intentional infliction of vocational and family harm” that this entails.
Maybe LaSalvia and his cohort Chris Barron are starting to get tired of having the likes of Ann Coulter, Rick Perry, and nearly the entire Republican field of pundits and politicians defecating and urinating on them because LaSalvia stated via Twitter “I’ve just about had it with faggots who line their pockets with checks from anti-gay homophobes while throwing the rest of us under the bus.” He later stated “I was talking about Rick Perry’s pollster/strategist.” Barron also tweeted “Rick Perry’s pollster & strategist is a gay guy. Totally disgusting.”
Barron and LaSalvia then tried to undo the damage they had done by not actually apologizing, but rather acting as if they had a right to hurt someone for taking a job. They issued a statement saying “we did not believe there was any question about his sexual orientation – nor did the reporters who called us to ask about his involvement in Perry’s anti-gay campaign strategy.”
To this, Breitbart stated “zero tolerance attitude towards the intentional infliction of vocational and family harm by divulging the details of an individual’s sexual orientation.”
GOProud has sunk to a new low doing what not even the liberal organizations would do. We here at LezGetReal have a policy of not outing people unless there is an absolute reason, and only if they happen to be in the public eye. Gay Republicans have to deal with those who are hateful of gays and lesbians every day, so, LaSalvia and Barron- who deal with them all the time- really should be a lot more sympathetic.
It is with sincere regret that I announce I must step down as a GOProud advisory member. On numerous occasions I have spoken with [GOProud leaders] Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron of the significant impact the practice of “outing” had in my evolution from the political left to the right. I was under the absolute impression that both agreed. I have a zero tolerance attitude toward the intentional infliction of vocational and family harm by divulging the details of an individual’s sexual orientation as a weapon of political destruction. As an “Advisory Board member” I was not consulted on this extreme and punitive act. Clearly, there are more productive means to debate controversial ideas and settle conflicts. Therefore, I cannot in good conscience stand with GOProud. I still stand by gay conservatives who boldly and in the face of much criticism from many fronts fight for limited government, lower taxes, a strong national defense as well as the other core conservative principles.