Republican Party

Republican Virginia Rep. Urging GOP Not To Back Some Gay Congressional Candidates

Richard Tisei and Carl DeMaio are two openly gay Republican congressional candidates who have received support form senior Republican


Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes, a senior House Republican eyeing a powerful committee chairmanship, is causing friction with some of his colleagues by pushing the House GOP campaign arm to deny support for some of the party's gay congressional candidates.

Forbes has waged a lengthy crusade to convince his colleagues and the National Republican Congressional Committee brass they shouldn't back some gay candidates. His efforts on Capitol Hill were described to POLITICO by more than a half-dozen sources with direct knowledge of the talks.