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February 9, 2016

House GOP Leaders Donate to Gay Republican in Top Race #CA52

Cantor gave campaign cash to a GOP candidate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three top House GOP leaders donated to their party’s most prominent openly gay House candidate, former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, a top prospect in a competitive California race.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and former Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price of Georgia gave campaign cash to DeMaio in June.

“I’m grateful to receive this strong early support, which I believe reflects both my record of getting fiscal reforms done in San Diego and my more inclusive vision for the future as a new generation Republican,” DeMaio said in a Tuesday news release.

DeMaio is challenging freshman Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., in the highly competitive 52nd District. In 2012, Peters defeated incumbent Republican Rep. Brian Bilbray by about 7,000 votes in one of the closest contests of the cycle.

Cantor donated $10,000 from his leadership PAC, the maximum donation allowed under campaign finance rules. Price contributed $1,000 from his leadership PAC, and McCarthy gave $5,000 from his leadership PAC.

McCarthy also will host a July 17 fundraiser for DeMaio at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C.

None of these three Republicans support same-sex marriage. After the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, Cantor said he was “disappointed in this decision.”

Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates this a Lean Democrat contest.

  • Sam_Handwich

    i doubt we’ll hear republicans screeching hysterically that Cantor is promoting the “Sodomy Agenda” … they’ve wasted all that energy on Ernie and Bert.

  • docb

    This is good if not calculated…some may even come into the 21st century.

  • OldestandWisest

    They are not against homosexuals, they are just against making a mockery of the historic institution of marriage.
    Just like I’m not against alcoholics, I’m just against them driving drunk.

  • Richard Rider

    The GOP has a +3% plurality in the 52nd district. More important, in an “Obama effect” year, when Carl DeMaio lost the San Diego mayoral race to Democrat Bob Filner by 52.5%-47.5%, DeMaio carried the Peters’ 52nd Congressional district (the part in the city of San Diego) by 58% (to 42% for Filner).

    In 2014 — there’s no Obama effect — the legions of low information voters won’t be back until 2016. Well, perhaps there WILL be a NEGATIVE Obama effect. Carl’s gonna KILL Peters come election day.

  • Master James

    Tell me how are gays making a mockery of the so called historic institution of marriage that Kim Kardashian hasn’t already done?

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