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GOP leader opposes gay Republican candidates

A powerful Republican House leader is pushing his party against supporting two promising gay Congressional candidates.

Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes who’s pursuing a powerful committee chairmanship, is pushing the House GOP campaign arm to deny support for Mass. Republican Richard Tisei, who narrowly lost to Democratic Rep. John Tierney in 2012, and to Carl DeMaio, a former San Diego city councilman, who’s trying to knock off Democratic Rep. Scott Peters.

His efforts on Capitol Hill against the two gay Republicans were described to POLITICO by more than a half-dozen sources with direct knowledge of the talks.

Many senior House Republicans haven’t shied away from giving money to Tisei or DeMaio. The NRCC supported Tisei in 2012, with many top Republicans contributing to his campaign. The political arm of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) gave DeMaio $10,000 in June. And Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) chipped in $5,000 the same month.

In an emailed statement to POLITICO in response to the story, NRCC Chairman Greg Walden of Oregon said, “Our decisions on the Republican nominees we support will not be based on race, gender or sexual orientation but will be based on the strength of their candidacy and their ability to defeat Democrats.”

The politics of marriage equality has shifted within the GOP. Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who has a gay son, has come out in favor of same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, other Republicans have tried distancing themselves from the party’s anti-gay base.

Focus has increased on Forbes’ homophobia as he lobbies for the position of Armed Services Committee chairman. The current chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., is said to be considering whether to forgo another bid for election.

In an interview with POLITICO, McKeon’s chief of staff said his boss expects Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry to be the next chairman. Republican leadership sources, granted anonymity to discuss future party strategy, told POLITICO they consider Thornberry a shoo-in for the top spot on the panel, which oversees the nation’s military.

Jindahl, Mack, Ayotte to speak at Republican convention

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Aug. 16 announced six additional speakers for the Republican National Convention, which takes place Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

The speakers are:

• U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, United States senator from New Hampshire and former New Hampshire attorney general.

• Former Democratic National Convention speaker Artur Davis, former Alabama congressman from the 7th District who was the first member of Congress not from Illinois to endorse President Barack Obama in 2008. Davis, then a Democrat, seconded the official nomination of Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He recently announced he is joining the Republican Party and supporting Mitt Romney.

• Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, 55th Governor of Louisiana, winning election in 2007 and winning reelection in all of the state’s 64 parishes in 2011; former U.S. congressman; led the state’s response to the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf in 2010.

• Congressman Connie Mack, who won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Florida on Aug. 14 and was first elected to the House of Representatives in November 2004.

• Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association and chairman of the Republican National Convention Committee on Resolutions, commonly known as the Platform Committee.

• U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, U.S. senator from Ohio who won election in 2010 by 18 points, winning 82 of Ohio’s 88 counties, and former congressman from Ohio’s 2nd district. He is also a former U.S. Trade representative and former director of the office of management and budget.

More on the convention: 

http://www.wisconsingazette.com/breaking-news/nj-gov-chris-christie-delivering-republican-convention-keynote.html

Jindal, Ayotte, Portman added to Republican’s convention lineup

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Aug. 16 announced six additional speakers for the Republican National Convention, which takes place Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

The speakers are:

• U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, United States senator from New Hampshire and former New Hampshire attorney general.

• Former Democratic National Convention speaker Artur Davis, former Alabama congressman from the 7th District who was the first member of Congress not from Illinois to endorse President Barack Obama in 2008. Davis, then a Democrat, seconded the official nomination of Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He recently announced he is joining the Republican Party and supporting Mitt Romney.

• Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, 55th Governor of Louisiana, winning election in 2007 and winning reelection in all of the state’s 64 parishes in 2011; former U.S. congressman; led the state’s response to the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf in 2010.

• Congressman Connie Mack, who won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Florida on Aug. 14 and was first elected to the House of Representatives in November 2004.

• Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association and chairman of the Republican National Convention Committee on Resolutions, commonly known as the Platform Committee.

• U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, U.S. senator from Ohio who won election in 2010 by 18 points, winning 82 of Ohio’s 88 counties, and former congressman from Ohio’s 2nd district. He is also a former U.S. Trade representative and former director of the office of management and budget.

More on the convention: 

http://www.wisconsingazette.com/breaking-news/nj-gov-chris-christie-delivering-republican-convention-keynote.html