In the recent run up to the Iowa Caucus Texas Governor and GOP Candidate Rick Perry has put a socially conservative edge into his rhetoric that has caused a certain disquietude and alarm in some quarters of the gay, lesbian and transgendered community. GOP Proud is a GL&T group that purports to support the interests of these individuals who generally practice political Conservatism. Thus, it should not entirely shock a politically savvy readership that GOP Proud will not be strongly endorsing Governor Rick Perry for the GOP nomination next year.
Governor Perry, in a recent campaign add entitled “Strong”, stated the following.
"You don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school."
Thus, GOP Proud’s fundamental dislike of what he is saying does not provide gravamen for contempt in and of itself. What GOP Proud has done to express their dislike of Governor Perry is shameful and beneath the standards of basic decency.
Tony Fabrizio works for Governor Perry's campaign. He has a significant disagreement with the Governor's recent stances on issues as Rick Perry woos the traditionalist, conservative voters in the heartland, rural precincts of Iowa. Perhaps Mr. Fabrizio’s problems started when he strongly objected to having his boss Governor Perry air the ad at all. Huffington Post describes Fabrizio’s distaste for “Strong” below.
Perry's top pollster, Tony Fabrizio, called it "nuts," according to an email sent from Fabrizio to the ad's main creator, longtime GOP operative Nelson Warfield. In a separate email to The Huffington Post, Warfield confirmed that the ad was made over Fabrizio's objections. "Tony was against it from the get-go," Warfield wrote. "It was the source of some extended conversation in the campaign. To be very clear: That spot was mine from writing the poll question to test[ing] it to drafting the script to overseeing production."
According to GOP Proud, Tony Fabrizio is offended by “Strong” because he is a practicing homosexual. They initiated a nasty, back-channel smear campaign against Fabrizio. One GOP Proud Member Tweeted the following.
"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."
“From the time this organization was founded we have been clear in our opposition to outing. We would never intentionally out anyone. However, in the case of Tony Fabrizio, top pollster and chief strategist for the Presidential campaign of Texas Governor Rick Perry, 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.
GOP Proud may now hang their heads in shame. They have just successfully nuked the fridge and should be considered no more concerned with social justice than say, Jesse Jackson, Sr. extorting Anheiser-Busch for a bunch of beer distributorships. Two reasons exist why this move is an epic fail and will backfire in Rick Perry's favor.
1) Governor Perry is accused of being an anti-gay bigot. He's such an intolerant, pig-ignorant; hater of the LGBTG Community that he looked up this guy who GOP Proud claims is obviously and blatantly as gay as a French horn. Once he found the dude, Governor Perry forgot to tie him to the kindling, douse him with lamp oil and set him ablaze. He was too busy hiring to perform an important and influential job in his primary campaign. It looks like GOP Proud just eviscerated their very own "Rick Perry is Homo-Hater meme."
2) GOP Proud has also damaged its cause amongst other homosexual conservatives. If I were secretly dating other men and wanted no one else in the whole, wide world to know, I'd consider GOP Proud as a potential threat to my reputation and livelihood. If Tony Fabrizio wanted to be quietly homosexual, like how most decently modest heterosexuals are respectful of the dignity and privacy of their partners as well, GOP Proud has just proven about as useful as Gall-Bladder Cancer. If I were both Conservative and gay, I would trust GOP Proud about as far as I could poop them right now.
I suppose the smarmy, disingenuous operatives and hives of villainy and scum such as Politico or The Atlantic Monthly will eat this one up. Hee, hee, hee, look at the self-hating gay man! Laugh away, all you classless jerks. Nothing is funnier than ruining a man's life and career because you have a bone to pick with his boss! GOP Proud, go learn a thing or two about dignity.