Dallas anti-gay leader Cathie Adams: Obama ‘fried his brain on drugs’

Cathie Adams

Not that she was ever sane — not hardly! — but Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams has really gone off the deep end. Adams, the Dallas-based former chair of the Texas Republican Party, now says she believes President Obama is a Marxist who “fried his brain on drugs.” Adams also says watching Obama during the final presidential debate made her “want to go up and just smack his face!”

Adams made the comments just before the election at a “Call to Action” meeting where she spoke alongside the equally frightening Ted Cruz, Texas’ new U.S. senator. Right Wing Watch has audio and posted this transcript of Adams’ remarks:

Who is a Marxist in our White House?  Of course, it’s Barack Hussein Obama.  And I don’t know why we’re not calling him what he is as a Marxist.  It’s as if, when the wall fell that communism died; it didn’t.  Today, it is green on the outside and red on the inside. It is as red as ever and Barack Obama is implementing his green agenda, which is Marxism, and that is exactly why our economy is hurting as badly as it is and why twenty three million people are still out of work. That is exactly what is happening.

So for us to elect a US Senator or elect a President who thinks more of himself than he ought, who thinks so narcissisticly, as Barack Hussein Obama glared at Mitt Romney in that last debate, I was so offended I wanted to go up and just smack his face.

And folks we’ve got to be very careful about saying “well, that’s not for me but you can do whatever you want.” Folks, we have a rule of law, we have a Constitution and those things must be upheld.  We cannot think that, well, if what their trying to do, for example, right now on a ballot in Colorado is legalize marijuana.  And if we legalize it, will we empty out our jails and will we be safe for ever more?  No.  I’m telling you, Barack Hussein Obama has got to have a teleprompter because he fried his brain on drugs.

For those who don’t recognize her name, Adams has been one of the leading anti-gay voices in North Texas for decades. Given that she’s now confirmed as batshit fuckin’ crazy, I wonder if The Dallas Morning News will still call on Adams for comment every time a local LGBT issue comes up. Hey, let’s hope so! It’s hard to say what finally drove Adams over the edge, but we can only guess that her husband Homer’s defeat at the hands of gay Republican Rob Schlein in a race for GOP precinct chair in Far North Dallas this summer had something to do with it.

—  John Wright

If one of these nutjobs defeats Joe Straus for House speaker, we could be in deep doo-doo

Rep. Joe Straus is shown alongside Rep. Senfronia Thompson after being elected speaker in 2009.

If Rep. Joe Straus is ousted as speaker of the Texas House, it’s safe to say it will not be a good thing for the LGBT community. Dennis Coleman, executive director of Equality Texas, confirmed the obvious yesterday when he told us the statewide gay-rights group is sincerely hoping Straus can hang on to his post.

One of Straus’ challengers, Rep. Warren Chisum of Pampa, is among the biggest homophobes in the Texas Legislature. Chisum was the primary author of Texas’ 2005 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and he’s also been behind efforts to outlaw gay foster and adoptive parents.

Another candidate for speaker, Rep. Ken Paxton of McKinney, who entered the race this week, doesn’t appear to be much better than Chisum on LGBT issues. Paxton was a co-author of the marriage amendment and voted in favor of a ban on gay foster parents in 2005.

Straus, meanwhile, voted in favor of the marriage amendment — not to do so might have been political suicide  — but he did not sign on as an author. He also voted against the gay foster parent ban, which was actually killed by socially moderate Republicans like himself. Straus attends a gay-affirming synagogue that performs same-sex marriages in San Antonio. Read more about all that here.

But if you really want to know why we should be pulling for Straus to remain speaker, all you have to do is consider who’s behind the effort to oust him. It’s a who’s who of nutjobs, and they’ve all signed an open letter posted on the website of Empower Texans. Prominent signatories include people like Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of Plano-based Liberty Institute; Richard Ford, president of the Heritage Alliance; and Cathie Adams, founder of the anti-gay Texas Eagle Forum. Any of those names ring a bell? The list goes on and on, but the bottom line is that if these groups are successful in ousting Straus, we’ll be at much greater risk of anti-gay legislation in the 2011 session. And with a two-thirds Republican majority in the House, our best and only defense may be distractions like redistricting and the budget shortfall.

According to its website, Empower Texans is conducting its anti-Straus campaign under the guise of fiscal conservatism. But since Straus is pretty darn fiscally conservative, we suspect there are other motives. Surely these right-wing groups don’t like the fact that Straus was elected speaker two years ago thanks to support from Democrats, which he continues to enjoy. They also don’t like the fact that he’s socially moderate — on abortion, immigration and yes, gay rights.

The speaker of the House is arguably the most powerful position in state government, and right now, Joe Straus may be the LGBT community’s best friend in the Texas Legislature. That being said, we aren’t sure there’s much the the community can do at this point to help Straus hang on to the post, except maybe pray.

—  John Wright

With Cathie Adams gone, Rob Schlein says the Texas GOP is already showing signs of change

Former Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams, one of the leading anti-gay voices in North Texas over the last few decades, was ousted this weekend as chair of the state Republican Party. Delegates to this weekend’s Texas GOP Convention in Dallas voted to replace Adams with Houston lawyer Steve Ministeri. From The Dallas Morning News:

In her nomination speech, Adams gave a fiery account of her fight of 30 years against abortion, gay marriage and the United Nations, and for maintaining a Christian nation. More recently, she said, “I’m saying no to Barack Hussein Obama.”

Rob Schlein, president of Log Cabin Republicans of Dallas, was a delegate to the convention who opposed Adams’ bid for a full term as chair. Schlein, who lives in the same senate district and precinct as Adams and her husband, Homer, sent over a brief report:

“Cathie, instead of taking a dignified defeat, forced a delegate floor vote,” Schlein wrote. “She and Homer stood in front of our Senate District delegation to observe a standing vote … This intimidated folks who rebelled and voted against her by an even larger margin in her own backyard!”

Schlein said the final floor vote was 4,295 for Munisteri and 2,950 for Adams. “A resounding defeat, and an EXCITING day for Log Cabin and Texas Republicans,” Schlein said. “I have already seen some change with an outreach by the Rick Perry campaign.”

Really? Outreach by the Perry campaign?? To Log Cabin??? I asked Schlein to explain.

“I received an email today from an SREC [State Republican Executive Committee member] introducing us to a Field rep with Perry whose task [is] to speak to the Republican clubs. We will attempt to schedule him,” Schlein said.

—  John Wright

As gay Republicans gear up for state GOP convention in Dallas, a look back at 1998

With the state GOP convention coming to Dallas this weekend, what better time to share the above video posted recently by Dallas Log Cabin President Rob Schlein. The video, “On the Front Lines,” recounts the story of the 1998 Texas Republican convention in Fort Worth, when Log Cabin was denied a booth. After being compared to pedophiles and the KKK by a state party spokesman, Log Cabin staged a rally outside the FW convention center that was crashed by anti-gay counterprotesters. The video, which features Dallas activists such as John Loza (now a Democrat) and Lory Masters, is definitely worth a look if you haven’t seen it already.

As for this weekend’s convention, Schlein said he’ll be one of about 20 known delegates who are Log Cabin members. But he added that Log Cabin didn’t request a booth this year for a variety of reasons — not the least of which being the fact that the request would almost certainly have been denied, as it has been every year. Instead, Schlein said he and other Log Cabin members are focused on the election for state party chair, which pits incumbent (and anti-gay former Eagle Forum President) Cathie Adams against two challengers.

“I will be supporting another candidate besides Cathie Adams, but I’m not going to disclose who,” Schlein told me today. “I think both would be an improvement over what we have.”

Schlein lost by a handful of votes to Cathie Adams’ husband, Homer, in a race for chair of their Far North Dallas precinct in March. He said an incumbent state party chair has never been defeated in a bid for re-election, but he thinks Cathie Adams is vulnerable. “I suspect it’s going to be a nailbiter,” he said.

Schlein added that he isn’t expecting Log Cabin-backed resolutions to remove anti-gay language from the state party platform to go forward this year.

“I think we’ll have a better opportunity to change things once we get a new state chairman,” Schlein said.

—  John Wright

Watch Instant Tea for election coverage

Vote 2010 Logo.colorWe’ll be live-blogging tonight’s primary election results right here on Instant Tea, so don’t forget to check back when polls close at 7 p.m. Here are some of the races we’ll be watching closely:

1. Openly gay Dallas County Judge Jim Foster, who chairs the Commissioners Court, faces an uphill battle for the Democratic nomination. Foster is being challenged by Highland Park attorney Clay Jenkins and Dallas Schools President Larry Duncan. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff between the top two candidates will be held April 6. Foster is the first openly gay incumbent previously endorsed by Stonewall Democrats of Dallas to not receive the group’s backing in a bid for re-election. Stonewall, which endorsed Foster in 2006, is backing Duncan this year. Jenkins also has his share of LGBT supporters, including openly gay District Clerk Gary Fitzsimmons.

2. Foster and Fitzsimmons are two of four openly LGBT candidates on the ballot in Dallas County. Fitzsimmons should easily fend off a challenge from perennial candidate Johnny Gomez. Meanwhile, former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem John Loza is one of four Democrats in the primary for County Criminal Court No. 5, where a runoff is also likely. Loza and Tony Parker are vying to become the first openly LGBT candidates elected to the judiciary in Dallas County. Parker, who’s running for the 116th Civil District Court seat, doesn’t have an opponent in the primary.

3. Former Houston Mayor Bill White is the heavy favorite to win the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. White’s most formidable challenger is hair care products tycoon Farouk Shami. Stonewall Democrats of Dallas has endorsed White. In the GOP primary, the question is whether incumbent Gov. Rick Perry will avoid a runoff against either U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison or Tea Party activist Debra Medina.

4. Rob Schlein, the openly gay president of Log Cabin Republicans of Dallas, is running for precinct chair in his Far North Dallas neighborhood against Homer Adams, the husband of Texas Republican Party Chairwoman Cathie Adams. Cathie Adams, former president of the Texas Eagle Forum, has been one of the leading anti-gay voices in North Texas over the last few decades.

5. State Rep. Terri Hodge, a longtime LGBT ally in the House, pleaded guilty to a felony charge in February in connection with the Dallas City Hall corruption case, and is no longer eligible to hold public office. However, Hodge’s name still appears on the ballot, and if she receives more votes than the other candidate in District 100, Eric Johnson, the Democratic nominee will be decided by precinct chairs in the district. Another embattled Democrat, Precinct 5 Constable Jaime Cortes, faces three primary challengers amid an ongoing criminal investigation of his office.

—  John Wright