Tom Leppert

Hard to believe, but it’s been well over a month since Tom Leppert stepped down as Dallas mayor and sent out his infamous anti-gay Tweet, before announcing that he’s running for U.S. Senate.

Later, of course, we discovered that the Tweet wasn’t the half of it: Leppert came out on his campaign website against both same-sex marriage and civil unions. (In other words, he believes your relationship is shit.)

Leppert announced today that he’s raised $1.1 million during the first month of his Senate campaign, in addition to a personal investment of $1.6 million. When campaign finance reports come out, it’ll be interesting to see how much of Leppert’s money thus far has come from anti-gay groups. Regardless, he has a ways to go: According to The Hill, observers say candidates will have to spend upward of $20 million to be competitive in the Republican Primary.

The Hill also says Leppert’s campaign “will be built around his time in the mayor’s office.”

Except, of course, for the part where he hired an openly gay chief of staff and appeared in two gay Pride parades.