The gay conservative political organization GOProud has endorsed anti-gay former Republican governor Tommy Thompson in the Wisconsin Senate race contest against openly lesbian Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin, reports The Advocate.
Tommy Thompson is a common-sense conservative who will focus on creating jobs and growing the economy for all Wisconsin,” said GOProud executive director Jimmy LaSalvia in a statement. “Governor Thompson’s experience and leadership uniquely qualify him to serve in the U.S. Senate.”
Thompson, a four-term former governor and Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush, won a hotly contested, four-way primary last week. His win marked a break in this year’s trend of tea party upsets over establishment Republican figures, and arguably delivered the toughest general election challenger to Baldwin. ...
The GOProud statement largely focused on economic policy, but it devoted one sentence to “issues of particular importance to gay and lesbian voters in Wisconsin,” saying that Thompson opposes a federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
During Thompson's short-lived and ill-fated run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2007, he infamously said that it should "acceptable" to discriminate against gays and lesbians in the private sector. Thompson also opposes marriage equality and supports the Defense of Marriage Act.
GOProud really should give it up. They're not even trying to fake it anymore.