Thursday, February 7, 2013

Gay Republican Kevin James Running for Mayor Of Los Angeles Raises a Lot of Questions

 Like “Can Anyone This Blind to Self Interest Be Qualified for Public Office?”

With national elections off the radar until 2014 those interested in the political aspect of government have to turn their attention to state and local offices.  And so the New York Times reports that, unknown to the rest of us, there is a Republican running for the office of Mayor of Los Angeles who is openly gay.

Kevin James appears to be a serious candidate.

Michal Czerwonka for The New York Times
Kevin L. James, a conservative talk
 show host, is making his first bid 
for office in a field of establishment
 Democrats in the Los Angeles mayor’s race.

Yet in the first major election since President Obama’s victory in November — voting that relegated the CaliforniaRepublican Party to the margins — Mr. James has become, at least for a few national Republicans, something of a lifeline. They see in his candidacy in the March 5 vote an outside chance to grab what could be a spirit-lifting victory, and perhaps even signal a way to get back in the game in California.

Fred Davis, a Republican ad producer based in the Hollywood Hills who worked for the presidential campaign of Senator John McCain, created a political action committee to finance an advertising campaign to help Mr. James compete with his better-financed competitors. Mr. Davis was looking to raise $4 million from Republicans across the nation; he has since scaled back that goal a bit (he had raised $700,000 as of Friday).

And Mr. James has retained John Weaver, a Republican political consultant who has long advised Mr. McCain, as his senior political adviser. Mr. Weaver has increasingly warned that Republicans are marginalizing themselves by moving to the right on issues like abortion, gay rights and immigration.

Now we have no idea which unnamed national Republicans see this as a plus, as at the same time the NY Times story appeared there was also this story from the Washington Post.

President Obama is aiming to grant same-sex couples such as Oliveira and his American husband, Tim Coco, equal immigration rights as their heterosexual counterparts. The proposal could allow up to 40,000 foreign nationals in same-sex relationships to apply for legal residency and, potentially, U.S. citizenship.

because  this is violently opposed by Republicans and the issue could derail comprehensive immigration reform.  And then there is this from the Republican Governor of Texas.

Mr. Perry, the country’s longest-serving governor, is an Eagle Scout, and in 2008 he wrote the book “On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For.” It detailed his deep love for the organization and explained why it should continue to embrace traditional conservative values — including excluding openly gay members and leaders.

How’s that sound to you Mr. Gay Republican Candidate?  Don’t be offended when Mr. Perry refuses to shake hands with you, he would not want to be defiled, or even worse, catch some “gay” genes.

And since Republicans hate that equality thing,

(yes they would have changed the Declaration of Independence to “all men are created equal, except blacks, Jews, women, gays, Muslims, illegal immigrants and people with funny names”)

particularly with respect to people who live lives in a way Republicans think they should not, they would scuttle immigration reform in order to pursue their bigotry and biases.

But the measure has inspired fierce pushback from congressional Republicans and some religious groups, who say it could sink hopes for a comprehensive agreement aimed at providing a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.

As for Mr. James, really sir, if you are so  ignorant as to be running as a Republican when that party regards you not just as ‘persona non grata’ but also a person who is evil, why on earth do you think you have enough intelligence to be Mayor?

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