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After anti-gay political ad, Perry's gay adviser outed

After anti-gay political ad, Perry's gay adviser outed

Perry campaignThe campaign ad that the Rick Perry campaign released last week that targeted openly gay service members as a sign that something is wrong with the country irked the gay and lesbian community, as well as some gay Republicans who inadvertently outed one of Perry's gay campaign advisers.  In his ad, Perry claimed "there's something wrong in this country when gays can openly serve in the military but our kids cannot openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school."

Tony Fabrizio, the Perry campaign's lead pollster, had kept his sexual orientation quiet but was outed in Tweets by leaders of GOProud, a Republican gay activist group, about Perry's ad.

Jimmy Salvia with GOProud Tweeted, "I've just about had it with the *** who line their pockets with checks from anti-gay homophobes while throwing the rest of us under the bus."

Journalist Andrew Breitbart resigned from the GOProud board on Saturday, saying "On numerous occasions I have spoken with [GOProud leaders] Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron of the significant impact the practice of “outing” had in my evolution from the political left to the right. I was under the absolute impression that both agreed. I have a zero tolerance attitude toward the intentional infliction of vocational and family harm by divulging the details of an individual’s sexual orientation as a weapon of political destruction."

GOProud leaders say that they had no idea that Fabrizio was not already out, but added:

Let us be crystal clear, however, Tony Fabrizio is not the victim here. Tony Fabrizio has lined his pockets for years with money from gay groups and is now one of the chief architects of a campaign strategy – not just an isolated television ad – intended to demonize gay people in order to score political points. Fabrizio claims he opposed the latest anti-gay Perry television ad. If Fabrizio really does oppose the ad and the broader strategy then the honorable and decent thing to do would be to resign from the campaign. Tony Fabrizio is no junior staffer he is one of the top campaign pollsters and strategists in the country.

Neither Fabrizio nor the Perry campaign have commented on the controversy. Fabrizio, however, had earlier commented that the ad was "nuts."

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Here's Perry's "man of faith" ad, in which he claims:

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but 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.

As President, I'll end Obama's war on religion. And I'll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage.  Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again.

I'm Rick Perry and I approve this message.


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  • Frank

    Since there is nothing wrong with or shameful about being gay, there is no problem in being out about one's own or any one else's gayness. Respecting someone's right to stay in the closet is buying into the horribly damaging myth that gay is inferior. I never have outed anyone. Of course, I don't hang out with people who are in the closet and self-hating, but…..I'm just sayin'.

  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    I think Perry has dug himself into a hole that he won't be able to climb out of, by attacking Secularists and the gay community, as well as inadvertently attacking others, such as Jews, Muslims, Hindus, with his remarks. I seriously doubt we will see him get past the primaries, if he even gets that far. I'm thinking the GOP will pit someone else up against Obama, but I'm not certain who at this point.

  • Corey Jensen

    I think that it is hilarious that someone on the board of GOProud (Proud!) would be in the closet! I mean, come on! Are you proud, or are you playing some silly game trying to have your cake and eating it too.

    My advice to Tony Fabrizio would be, just be yourself. Don't pander to the very people who seek to imprison you (metaphorically) and deny you YOUR rights.

  • Nancy

    My school has a Christmas tree and gay and Christian students. The problem is so much deeper and to compare military service, homosexuality, and the fact that this country is a melting pot is ridiculous. Seriously blaming gays for people not having christmas trees in schools. Like christmas trees will help our educational system.

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