People for the American Way’s Rogues’ Gallery of right-wing candidate and their extremist agenda

These midterm elections feature some really extreme, as in batsh*t, Republicans running. It’s kind of extraordinary, since the GOP, under Michael Steele, was initially all about extending that big tent. Apparently the base didn’t like that message, and so the Tea Party has given birth to candidates who are know-nothings, bigots, womb-controllers and empathy-free. Here’s a good example of a few of them.

People For the American Way has produced four new videos showing the extreme far-right views of four Republican candidates for US Senate: Ken Buck of Colorado; Ron Johnson of Wisconsin; Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

These candidates promise to bring their dangerous agenda into the US Senate, and our videos show the candidates in their own words revealing their radical views on topics such as civil rights, LGBT and gender equality, climate change, the economy, and Social Security. You can find more information about all of the GOP’s extreme candidates for US Senate in People For the American Way’s The Rogues’ Gallery.

Here they are:

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Watch: NY Gubernatorial Candidate and Manhattan Madam Kristin Davis Says ‘Vote Homo, Not Cuomo’


Kristin Davis, the Manhattan madam running for New York governor on a Libertarian platform, presents a twist on the campaign slogan once celebrated by supporters of Andrew Cuomo's father ('Vote for Cuomo, not the homo' — when he was running for mayor against Ed Koch).

Says Davis: "Vote homo, not Cuomo."


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Doing Our Part in Colorado for Pro-Equality Candidate Betsy Markey

The following post comes from  HRC’s Email Communications Coordinator David Salisbury. David is just one of 30 HRC staff that will be on the ground in 16 states by Election Day, working with HRC-endorsed candidates and engaging our membership about the upcoming elections:

I just returned from a week in beautiful Colorado helping to elect Betsy Markey for Congress.  As HRC’s Email Communications Coordinator, I get to read about the many fair-minded candidates that HRC supports. Helping a local campaign was great way to step out of my online advocacy role and hit the streets for equality directly. During my time in Colorado, I’ve spoken to hundreds of potential voters. From all the calls I made, one thing is clear across the board; HRC members and supporters are getting out to the polls, voting early and making a real difference in Colorado’s future.

The race for Colorado’s 4th District is tight this year. Recent polls have Markey tied with her opponent Cory Gardner.  However, there’s been an impressive outpouring of early voters and volunteer support thanks to the efforts of folks that have been out making calls and knocking on doors.  Colorado’s values are certainly in line with Markey’s voting record. She supports the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and  voted for the passage of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Voters know that the best way to pass laws that protect all citizens is to elect officials who support equal rights for all. Betsy Markey is one of those officials.

One of my favorite conversations last week was with an elderly woman in Fort Collins who’s been an HRC member for years.  She told me that though she hasn’t been able to get out much, she’s making arrangements to get to the voting polls because HRC told her how important this year’s elections are. This is how HRC is making a difference for LGBT Americans across the country; one conversation at a time. When I met Betsy Markey and thanked her for her action on issues that matter to the LGBT community, her response was “It’s easy!” And it can be; each one of us can do something to make life better in the workplace, in schools and for our families. Betsy is doing her part to make America better, will you?

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Alaska Senate Candidate Joe Miller: Gays Must Decide If Homosexuality Is A Choice

Alaskan Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller — who was just outed for lying about using government computers for political activity, and whose one-time advisor Terry Moffitt runs the "gay cure" website Hope For Homosexuals — finally granted Rachel Maddow the interview she's been looking for. Granted, it was a Law & Order-style on-the-move chat in his home state, but Maddow did get Miller to discuss The Gays. It was a nightmare.


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TX: GOP congressional candidate: violent overthrow of government is ‘on the table’

Holy mother of dog, this is the Texas GOP in 2010. This guy is referred to as “Constitutionalist Pastor” Stephen Broden. (Dallas Morning News):

Republican congressional candidate Stephen Broden stunned his party Thursday, saying he would not rule out violent overthrow of the government if elections did not produce a change in leadership.

In a rambling exchange during a TV interview, Broden, a South Dallas pastor, said a violent uprising “is not the first option,” but it is “on the table.” That drew a quick denunciation from the head of the Dallas County GOP, who called the remarks “inappropriate.”

Broden, a first-time candidate, is challenging veteran incumbent Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson in Dallas’ heavily Democratic 30th Congressional District. Johnson’s campaign declined to comment on Broden.

In the interview, Brad Watson, political reporter for WFAA-TV (Channel 8), asked Broden about a tea party event last year in Fort Worth in which he described the nation’s government as tyrannical.

“We have a constitutional remedy,” Broden said then. “And the Framers say if that don’t work, revolution.”

I love the soft sell response by the county chair — “inappropriate” LOLOLOL. WTF!?  Bring on the crazeee…

Also in June 2009, Broden compared those governing the United States to Nazi Germany.

“Let me tell you that is something that happened in Germany when the Jews were walking into the furnaces and they didn’t even try to stop or fight their way. They walked in because they did not believe that this was happening. They didn’t believe that humanity could be so evil. I am submitting to you tonight that is where America is right now. They are our enemies and we must resist them.”

News 8 wanted to know if Broden was trying to say that Barack Obama is like Adolph Hitler. “No I am not,” he said Thursday.

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Sharron Angle, the Extreme Candidate for Senate

Extreme. The best word to describe Sharron Angle, Senator Reid’s opponent in the race for Senate here in Nevada. She was voted the worst legislator as a state assemblywoman and changed her voter registration three times in the 90’s. In the state assembly, most of her bills and votes were hers alone.

Last week, Senator Reid and his opponent, Sharron Angle, held their only debate in the race for the Senate. Additionally, Representative Titus and her opponent had their fourth debate the same evening. Ahead of the debates, the campaigns held a rally to make sure that the Reid and Titus know we’re there to support them. One of our amazing volunteers, Teresa, decided to dress up as Sharron Angle (well before Halloween) and posed with ‘Harry Reid for Senate’ signs. Our supporters well outnumbered our opponents and in the debate, both Senator Reid and Rep. Titus outdid their opponents. Senator Reid reaffirmed his commitment to repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” despite steadfast Republican opposition on last month’s cloture vote and Rep. Titus defended her co-sponsorship of the bill to repeal, saying DADT has cost the military greatly.

Both Reid and Titus have been committed to our community and we need to make sure we send them back to Washington to continue the fight. On the campaign, we’re fighting everyday to help make sure we don’t wake up on November 3rd, wishing we could have done more.

To find out how you can get involved in two important races, contact me at

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Teabagger Senate Candidate Ken Buck: Gayness Is A Choice, Like Alcoholism

Today on Meet The Press, teabagger Senate candidate Ken Buck declared that being gay is a choice. Except when it’s not, like for alcoholics. Or something. Via Talking Points Memo:

Colorado Senate candidates Ken Buck (R) and incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet (D) met for a debate on Meet The Press this morning and sparred on the budget, the Tea Party and flip-flops. But the most controversial moment came when host David Gregory asked Buck if he believes that being gay is a choice. Buck responded that he thought it was a choice, but allowed that “birth has an influence over it, like alcoholism and some other things.” The comments came at the end of the debate, when Gregory asked Buck to expand on some recent comments he’d made about “lifestyle choices” when expressing his support for the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Buck said he believed being gay is a choice, and Gregory asked him: “based on what?” “Based on what?” Buck said. “I guess you could choose who your partner is.” “I think that birth has an influence over it, like alcoholism and some other things,” Buck continued. “But I think that, basically, you have a choice.”

Buck currently leads incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet by four to seven points in the polls.

UPDATE: The Human Rights Campaign responds via press release.

“Mr. Buck’s ill-informed views are not only factually inaccurate, but they are extremely dangerous,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “In the past six weeks a number of teenagers have taken their own lives after being the victims of anti-gay bullying and harassment. When public figures like Mr. Buck make statements like he did today, kids struggling with their identities question their self-worth and other kids justify bullying. Ken Buck must correct his remarks now.” “This is yet another in a long line of examples showing that Ken Buck is out of touch with the majority of Coloradans,” said One Colorado Executive Director Brad Clark. “Instead of focusing on common values of respect for all people, Buck is spewing divisive, extreme rhetoric. His claim that homosexuality is a choice is yet another example of his extreme views falling out of step with everyday Coloradans.”

Joe. My. God.

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HRC Condemns NY Gov. Candidate Carl Paladino’s Hateful Remarks

Yesterday New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino made anti-gay remarks in a speech in which he said he didn’t want children “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option.”  Paladino’s divisive remarks come amidst news of suicides by young people who faced anti-gay harassment as well as a horrific hate crime in the Bronx that targeted three gay men.

“By his own words, Carl Paladino has made himself the poster boy for the kind of divisive leadership that makes young LGBT people question their self-worth and gives license to those who use violence to advance their hate,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese.  “Carl Paladino is either homophobic or stunningly tone deaf to the needs of the community – two qualities New Yorkers don’t want in a Governor.”

The anti-gay tirade came directly after he warned that “we must stop pandering to the pornographers and the perverts who seek to target our children and destroy their lives.”  He blasted his opponent Andrew Cuomo for participating in a gay pride parade, and according to news reports his prepared remarks included the sentence: “There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual.”

“It’s disgusting to think that Carl Paladino’s idea of celebrating the eve of National Coming Out Day is to tell young LGBT people that they’re not equally valid,” added Solmonese.  “There is nothing to be proud of in giving voice to the kind of divisiveness that so often leads to violence.”

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Adulterous GOP NY gov. candidate Paladino attacks gays for ‘targeting children’, says gays are ‘dysfunctional’ – oh, and he has a love-child

UPDATE: He has a love-child?  What a freaking hypocritical ass.

Great thing to say when we’re in the middle of a gay youth suicide epidemic, you bigoted ass.

“We must stop pandering to the pornographers and the perverts [he pronounces the word “per-VERTS”] who seek to target our children and destroy their lives. I didn’t march in the gay parade this year -the gay pride parade this year. My opponent did. And that’s not the example we should be showing our children…

“And don’t misquote me as wanting to hurt homosexual people in any way. That would be a dastardly lie. My approach is ‘live and let live.’ I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option – it isn’t.”

And his prepared remarks also said the following, per the NYT:

“There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual.” But Mr. Paladino omitted that statement when he gave the speech.


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NOM Charitable Organization Violates Tax-Exempt Status by Campaigning for Senate Candidate


Today Human Rights Campaign and the Courage Campaign called on the National Organization for Marriage, or NOM, to explain why its tax-exempt charitable organization, the Ruth Institute – a project of NOM’s Marriage Education Fund – is violating federal laws by intervening on behalf of a candidate for elected office.

This past Monday, Ruth Institute President Jennifer Roback Morse spoke on behalf of her organization at a campaign stop of the “Vota Tus Valores” bus tour, a NOM-backed independent expenditure in support of California Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina in San Diego.  At the campaign event Morse talked about the role of the Ruth Institute, held up the organization’s signage and closed her remarks by saying, “We’re very glad to be part of this electoral effort.” (Watch video of Morse speaking at event.)

Morse’s campaign appearance followed a NOM-issued press release titled “National Organization for Marriage and Ruth Institute Join Bus Tour Supporting Carly Fiorina in California.” The release states that “Brian Brown, president of NOM, and Jennifer Roback Morse, president of The Ruth Institute, a project of NOM’s Marriage Education Fund, will both be supporting the bus tour as it makes its way around California.” In addition to supporting Fiorina, the NOM charitable group has also illegally participated in a campaign to elect California judges.

Pursuant to the federal tax code, a charitable organization – which is permitted to receive tax deductible contributions – may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.  Violation of this prohibition can result in stiff penalties against the organization and its officials as well as potential revocation of its tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service.  Federal and state election laws also require organizations to disclose their campaign expenditures.

Read more about it at our NOM Exposed website.

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