Tammy Bruce Resigns From GOProud Board

Bruce posted about her resignation on her website, though she did not provide a reason for quitting the board of the conservative group.

Tammy Hi everyone,

I want to let you know that after being a supporter and serving as Chair of the Advisory Board since May of 2010, I gave Chris Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia my resignation Saturday night. If you search GOProud here at the blog you’ll see the affection with which I’ve held both Chris and Jimmy, and I wish them well.

As Independent Conservatives and Tea Party patriots, we have a lot of work to do in the next two years taking our great nation back, and I do look forward to continuing to work with conservatives across the spectrum on the issues with which we all have in common.

This on the lasy day of CPAC, which GOProud has been a part of but not without quite a bit of controversy.


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GOProud Member Doesn’t Like Gay People

GOPROUD MATT HISSEY X390A 22-year-old college student attending the CPAC conference with the gay
conservative group GOProud took time out from the event to tell Metro
Weekly he doesn’t much care for gay people and that only “straight
acting” gay people are normal.
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At Last Night’s GOProud Party

Over at Slate, Dave Weigel has recapped last night’s GOProud party at CPAC, which sported an open bar sponsored by the Poker Players Alliance, a group that lobbies lawmakers for the legalization of internet gambling. I don’t recall having seen online poker on GOProud’s 2011 agenda, but whatevs, because this is the best part of Weigel’s review:

A word about Sophie B. Hawkins. Michael Steele, who was chairman of the RNC until last month, showed up at the party and stayed a while. Right before I showed up, in an exchange witnessed by several people who described it to me, Steele met Hawkins. She explained her political philosophy to him. “I’m not a conservative,” said Hawkins, “but I’d like to fuck Sarah Palin.” Steele reacted quickly. “Well, she’s very attractive,” he said.

How about it, ladies? Could you?

Joe. My. God.

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More CPAC Trouble for GOProud

Christopher R. Barron X390 (GOPROUD) | ADVOCATE.COMThe chairman of the group organizing the right-wing CPAC gathering says “it’s going to be difficult to continue the relationship” with gay conservative group GOProud and chair Christopher Barron (pictured).
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GOProud undeniably won one. But what about ‘one-two?

GOProud-11GOProud has given CPAC more press than it’s ever had. And our gay conservative friends might want to enjoy it while they can:

The new chair of the American Conservative Union, Al Cardenas, today distanced his organization from GOProud, telling FrumForum in an exclusive interview that “it’s going to be difficult to continue the relationship” with the gay conservative organization.



Cardenas, who was selected yesterday to replace outgoing chairman David Keene, told FrumForum that he disapproved of GOProud’s response to the furor.

“I have been disappointed with their website and their quotes in the media, taunting organizations that are respected in our movement and part of our movement, and that’s not acceptable. And that puts them in a difficult light in terms of how I view things,” said Cardenas.



Asked if someone who supported gay marriage could be a conservative, Cardenas replied, “Not a Ronald Reagan conservative… I will say this: we adopted a resolution unanimously at ACU advocating traditional marriage between a man and a woman, so that answers how we feel on the issue.”


New CPAC Head Distances Group from GOProud [FrumForum]

It’s like when my parents decided to come home early from vacation before I’d had the chance to clean the beer cans that I may or may not have underaged-ly consumed at a house party I may or may not have had their blessing to throw. My defense went all like, “But people had fun and some even expanded their minds.” But ma and pa were all like, “No, doesn’t matter — these aren’t our values.” So then I was all kinds of, “But I was fiscally responsible, was really good on defending our homeland security, and told that uninsured kid down the street that healthcare isn’t a right.” But they were still like, “We run this Grand Old house and you will follow the morals, values, and rules as prescribed by our platform, or we’ll ship you off to the other side of the isle!

So I guess what I’m saying is that GOProud is basically teen me. Except, of course: I supported the independent judiciary’s role in civil rights, even then.

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(Pic: Amanda Terkel)

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*SEE ALSO: Chris Geidner’s Metro Weekly cover story with the media quotes in question.




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New CPAC Leader Already Turning Back On GOProud

Cpaclogo The gay conservatives of GOProud shouldn't get too comfortable at CPAC, because the newly selected chair of the American Conservative Union, which organizes the right wing gathering, has already started distancing himself from the group.

Al Cardenas, who replaced David Keene as Chair of the ACU this week, sat down for an interview with FrumForum today and lamented GOProud's public quarrels with anti-gay conservative groups, such as Family Research Council and the Heritage Foundation.

 

I have been disappointed with their website and their quotes in the media, taunting organizations that are respected in our movement and part of our movement, and that’s not acceptable. And that puts them in a difficult light in terms of how I view things.

 Cardenas went on to say that it would be "difficult" for his organization to keep working with GOProud "because of their behavior and attitude."

Cardenas' comments were in direct response to an interview Christopher Barron, the Chairman of GOProud's board, and Jimmy LaSalvia, the group's executive director, did with LGBT publication Metro Weekly, in which Barron blamed ACU Foundation chairman Cleta Mitchell for divisive arguments among the conservative camp.

Read more about GOProud's tenuous relationship with CPAC, AFTER THE JUMP

"I think there's a couple people in Heritage who, at the behest of Cleta Mitchell – who is just a nasty bigot … she got some of the people at Heritage early on fired up about this," Barron said in the interview, which was published this week.

Barron has since apologized, telling FrumForum, "For the past six months, we have watched as unfair and untrue attacks have been leveled against our organization, our allies, our friends and sometimes even their families."

He continued, "Everyone has their breaking point and clearly in my interview with Metro Weekly I had reached mine. I shouldn’t have used the language that I did to describe Cleta Mitchell and for that I apologize."

An apology may not be good enough to sooth over tensions, though, because Cardenas doesn't seem that into the idea of gay inclusion, anyway.

"[Keene] invited these folks in an effort to be inclusive," Cardenas explained."Having friends of ours leaving… presents difficulties to me. There’s always going to be some tension, [but] there should never be any tension between time-tested values.”

Cardenas also insisted true blue conservatives can't support marriage equality: "Not a Ronald Reagan conservative… I will say this: we adopted a resolution unanimously at ACU advocating traditional marriage between a man and a woman, so that answers how we feel on the issue."

If Cardenas has already come out against GOProud, their future relationship with CPAC looks pretty grim.


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For Blenders’ consideration: GOProud Unveils 2011 Legislative Agenda

This just landed in my inbox. Submitted without comment, save I don't see anything that will help prevent discrimination against LGBTs in states where there are no state-level ENDAs or general anti-discrimination laws. You think the free market will fix the problems in those states? That seems more than a tad out of touch for those of us in “fly-over country.” Anyway, I'm sure you will have plenty to say about it.

Today GOProud, the only national organization representing gay conservatives and their allies, unveiled their 2011 Legislative Agenda. “Historic wins by conservatives last November mean new opportunities to move forward on critical legislative priorities,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director. “The stale failed big government agenda of the gay left is dead. Now is the time for the gay community and those who care about gay people to embrace conservative solutions to the challenges facing gay and lesbian families.”

In these past mid-terms, according to exit polls, 31% of self-identified gays and lesbians voted Republican. “The gay left would have you believe that gay conservatives don’t exist. The truth is that almost a third of self-identified gay voters cast ballots for Republican candidates for Congress in the mid-terms,” continued LaSalvia. “This should be a wake-up call for the out-of-touch so-called leadership of Gay, Inc. in Washington, D.C., which has become little more than a subsidiary of the Democratic Party. Your agenda has not only been rejected by the American people, it has been rejected by a substantial and growing portion of the gay community.”

…“It is time for a new approach for the gay community, which is why GOProud is unveiling our 2011 legislative agenda,” said Christopher R. Barron, Chairman of the Board. “We believe that this agenda offers common-sense conservative solutions that will improve the lives of all Americans, but especially gay and lesbian Americans.”

…“Our agenda is simple. We reject the big government approach of every other national gay organization,” said Barron. “We aren’t looking for special treatment or special carve outs for gay people – we support conservative legislative solutions that will help all American families – and that includes gay and lesbian families.”

“Our agenda is unlike that of any other national gay organization. We are unabashedly conservative and committed to the conservative movement. We look forward to convincing more Americans – gay and straight – of the need for real conservative policy solutions in the months and years ahead,” concluded Barron.

GOProud’s Conservative Agenda

The so-called “gay agenda” is defined by the left through a narrow prism of legislative goals.  In contrast to the approach of the left, GOProud’s agenda emphasizes conservative and libertarian principles that will improve the daily lives of all Americans, but especially gay and lesbian Americans. 

 

1 – TAX REFORM

 – We support replacing the current tax code with the Fair Tax.  Until then, we support death tax repeal; domestic partner tax equity; cuts in the capital gains and corporate tax rates to jump start our economy and create jobs; and a fairer, flatter and substantially simpler tax code. 

 

2 – HEALTHCARE REFORM

 – Free market healthcare reform.  Allow for the purchase of insurance across state lines – expanding access to domestic partner benefits; emphasizing individual ownership of healthcare insurance – such a shift would prevent discriminatory practices by an employer or the government.

 

3 – SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM

 – The only way to permanent solvency in the Social Security system is through the creation of inheritable personal savings accounts.  Personal savings accounts would give gay and lesbian couples the same opportunity to leave their accounts to their spouse as their straight counterparts. 

 

4 – RESPECTING THE PROPER ROLE OF THE JUDICIARY 

 

5 – HOLDING THE LINE ON SPENDING

 – Standing up for all tax payers against wasteful and unnecessary spending to protect future generations from the mounting federal debt.

 

6 – FIGHTING GLOBAL EXTREMISTS

 – Standing strong against radical regimes that refuse to recognize the basic human rights of gays and lesbians, women and religious minorities.

 

7 – DEFENDING OUR CONSTITUTION

 – Opposing any anti-gay federal marriage amendment.  Marriage should be a question for the states.  A federal constitutional amendment on marriage would be an unprecedented federal power grab from the states.

 

8 – ENCOURAGING COMMUNITY ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 – Package of free market reforms to encourage and support small businesses and entrepreneurship.  Such reforms would create jobs for all Americans – including gay Americans.

 

9 – REVITALIZING OUR COMMUNITIES

 – A package of urban related reforms; expanding historic tax preservation credits; support for school choice.

 

10 – DEFENDING OUR COMMUNITY

 – Protecting 2nd amendment rights.

  

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Not Every Conservative Group Is Ditching CPAC Over The GOProud Homosexuals

While groups like the Family Research Council and Concerned Women For America might be ditching next month's CPAC because they're squeamish about the conservative gays at GOProud being welcomed back for a second year in a row. But when it comes to fellow anti-gay group the Heritage Foundation, the dispute appears less about letting GOProud take part and more about financials. Dave Wiegel says it's inaccurate to include Heritage in with the rest of the groups because they've been plotting a possible exit from CPAC since before GOProud announced it would re-up with the conference. That hasn't stopped rabid conservative media outlets from lumping them all in together as one big bigoted consortium reacting en masse to Jimmy LaSalvia and Christopher Barron. As it stands, Focus On The Family is still willing to deal with homosexuals this year. Also (very) worth noting: The absence of FRC this year isn't exactly news; Tony Perkins & Co. didn't attend in 2010, either.


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Watch: FOX News’ ‘Red Eye’ on GOProud and the CPAC Boycott

Gutfeld

Yesterday, Greg Gutfeld and his Red Eye panel discussed CPAC and the conservative groups boycotting it over the attendance of GOProud.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP



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GOProud: Conservatives LOVE Gays! Cenk Uygur: On WHAT Planet?

Joe. My. God.

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