Virginia’s 4th district Congressman and Republican heavy-hitter Randy Forbes has said the Republican party should not spend money supporting gay republican candidates in future elections.
In an interview with Politico, Forbes said how individuals wish to spend their money is fine, but larger groups that aggregate funds in the name of the national Republican Party should not support gay republican candidates.
On Wednesday, Forbes told POLITICO he thinks “GOP leaders can do whatever they want to do,” in terms of giving money to gay candidates.
He said he is more concerned about members being asked to contribute to the campaigns. The NRCC is partially funded by collecting tens of millions of dollars from House Republicans, who pay dues to the organization.
“There would be a different situation if they tried to force other members to give money,” Forbes said.
Asked whether he would have a problem with the NRCC donating money to DeMaio, Forbes said, “That’s a little different situation.”
“I don’t think they’ve done that yet,” Forbes added.
Two openly gay Republicans are considered to be contenders in the 2014 elections – Richard Tisei in northeastern Massachusetts and San Diego’s Carl DeMaio.
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden told POLITICO in an email their group, which financially supports Republican candidates across the nation, does not discriminate based on race, gender or sexual orientation. Walden said they fund candidates “based on the strength of their candidacy and their ability to defeat Democrats.”
But Forbes is no stranger to anti-LGBT political moves – he lashed out at the Pentagon for allowing service members to wear their uniforms in Pride parades, his website continues to ask for letters of support upholding DOMA in the House, and he co-sponsored the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act which would allow businesses to use their faith to discriminate against LGBT people.
In 2007, Forbes said the passage of federal protections for LGBT employees would lead to the end of traditional marriage. (Watch below)