There has been a bit of a brouhaha within conservative circles over the inadvertent outing of one of Rick Perry’s presidential campaign strategists by none other than GOProud, the gay conservative political organization. The Perry campaign released a political ad several days ago knocking the repeal of DADT, and in responding to the content of the ad, GOProud apparently mentioned to the media that a particular Perry strategist was gay. Since this strategist was closeted with regard to his sexual orientation, GOProud had effectively outed him. Many conservatives were upset at what they saw as a despicable act by GOProud and that included the influential alternative media maven, Andrew Breitbart.
Mr. Breitbart, who was serving as an Advisory Board Member for GOProud, has resigned his post believing the outing to have been deliberate.
It is with sincere regret that I announce I must step down as a GOProud advisory member. On numerous occasions I have spoken with 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. As an “Advisory Board member” I was not consulted on this extreme and punitive act. Clearly, there are more productive means to debate controversial ideas and settle conflicts. Therefore, I cannot in good conscience stand with GOProud. I still stand by gay conservatives who boldly and in the face of much criticism from many fronts fight for limited government, lower taxes, a strong national defense as well as the other core conservative principles. Andrew Breitbart, Big Government
In responding to the controversy, Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director and Christopher Barron, Chairman of GOProud’s board, declared in a joint official statement that they oppose forcible outing and had assumed that the Perry strategist was open and out about his sexuality. So on the face of the issue, it would appear as if this whole muddle was simply a sad mistake. But GOProud does not apologize for the unintentional outing. To the contrary. After their initial opening remarks pleading ignorance, GOProud holds forth with a forceful condemnation of the strategist, coupled with a blast at Rick Perry himself.
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 ******, 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. Questions about an individual’s sexual orientation should obviously be answered by that individual.
Let us be crystal clear, however, ****** is not the victim here. (He) 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. (He) claims he opposed the latest anti-gay Perry television ad. If (he) really does oppose the ad and the broader strategy then the honorable and decent thing to do would be to resign from the campaign. (He) is no junior staffer he is one of the top campaign pollsters and strategists in the country.
It is obvious that the campaign of Rick Perry is desperate, and in a desperate last ditch effort to become relevant in the GOP Presidential race he and his campaign have decided to employ a strategy that plays to the cheap seats and appeals to the worst in people. Rick Perry should be embarrassed and the people around him who are the architects of this strategy, particularly people like ****** should be ashamed. GOProud
I think if GOProud wanted to be believed concerning this episode then it would have been best to simply proffer an apology and forgo the damning analysis of the character of the strategist and the political motives of Rick Perry. Even in their official statement, GOProud continued to out the guy, mentioning his name no less than seven times. So in essence, GOProud has said, oops, we made a mistake in outing this man, but what the heck, he deserved it. And isn’t that the same rationale used by the homo hoods on the Left?
Here is the Perry ad that takes a cheap shot at gays and lesbians openly serving our country in the military. Rick, baby, I really wanted to like you, but you’ve made it so so hard.