Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) Won’t Pay Dues to GOP Unless They Stop Supporting Gay Candidates July 24, 2015

Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) Won’t Pay Dues to GOP Unless They Stop Supporting Gay Candidates

You know you’re a bigot when even other Republicans say you’re too anti-gay.

That’s the case with Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), who decided he will no longer pay dues to the National Republican Congressional Committee unless they stop promoting gay candidates. (Because, yes, they exist, even in the GOP.)

Garrett… confirmed his objection to the party’s support of gay candidates in a conversation with Bob Yudin, the Republican chairman in Bergen County, which includes the bulk of Garrett’s district.

“He said that is one reason (he would not donate), but there are many others,” Yudin said, as if that softens the blow.

Where does Yudin himself stand? He says gays are welcome in the party, but he had no objection to Garrett’s view that they should not run for Congress.

What a welcome: We’ll take your votes, but we won’t lift a finger when the bigots come after you!

At least some Republicans had the decency to stand up to Garrett’s bigotry:

“There is no room in our party for that kind of discrimination,” said Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Union), the minority leader. “I will not stand for it.”

Actually, there’s plenty of room in your party for that sort of discrimination. Everyone just has to keep it below the surface. But even people like Mike Huckabee will say he has no problem with gay people existing or running for office; he just doesn’t think they should have equal rights.

So for Garrett to withhold his dues because the party supports some gay people is casting aside the whole “love the sinner” idea. He doesn’t like gay people, period, and he doesn’t want them to infiltrate his party. (Too late.) What are the other disqualifications to running for office as a Republican? Are conservative black people allowed to run? What about women?

The New Jersey Star-Ledger Editorial Board held little back in their denunciation of Garrett:

Make no mistake: Garrett’s position is the moral equivalent of excluding African-American candidates, or women, or Latinos. It does violence to Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream that all Americans will someday be judged by the content of their characters. It is grounds to remove him from office, and our fervent hope is that he is eventually knocked off by a more sensible Republican or Democrat.

The only way that will happen is to broadcast his faith-based hatred to the point where it’s the only thing people ever know about him. Treat him like Rick Santorum. Get Republicans to publicly distance themselves from him.

You expect this sort of hateful rhetoric from someone like Donald Trump, not a guy who actually holds public office.

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