Gay Republican in race for vacated Harman Congressional seat

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    May 15, 2011 3:53 PM GMT
    There is a special election this week to fill Jane Harman's seat. Harman resigned earlier this year. One of the candidates is Mike Gin, a Republican and very popular and effective mayor of Redondo Beach, California. Mike is openly gay, married, and definitely supports the free enterprise system. I've known Mike for years. He's a very nice guy and has many supporters from both parties.

    http://www.mikegin.com/article_3-23-11.html

    Although political insiders speculate that the 36th District will again go to the Democrats, Mayor Mike Gin, who announced his candidacy earlier this month, considers himself a unique enough candidate to appeal to both parties.

    Neither a prototypical Republican nor politician, Gin — who is pro-choice, gay, leans sometimes “green” and always asks God’s blessing on the community during each City Council meeting — believes voters in the 36th district are more interested in problem-solving than partisan politics.

    “It’s one of the reasons this race is important to me. We need to bring more of a problem-solving approach to the Congress and not be so focused on those labels of ‘conservative,’ ‘progressive’ and so forth,” said Gin.


    Unfortunately for Mike, under California's new open primary rules, several Democrats and Republicans are all vying together. Craig Huey, another Republican, probably has the only chance of a Republican winning, given his spending and exposure.

    It is a very long shot for any Republican in this district. Democrats outnumber Republicans 157,473 voters to 95,504 in the district, which has a total of 347,812 registered voters, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's Office. There is talk of the district being divided north-south, which would give us in the South Bay, which leans Republican, representation consistent with our economic positions.

    Gay Calif. mayor seeks US House seat
    Gin would also be the first openly gay Republican to serve in Congress since former Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe retired in 2007.
    “I look at it just simply as part of who I am,” Gin said. “I’ve been very fortunate to be very open in my community and people have always treated me with tremendous respect and, even though they might agree with me on what they might consider to be a lifestyle, or the particular political positions that I have, I have always been very fortunate in being treated with a great amount of respect.

    http://todaysdefense.com/?p=1350

    Gin, Webb face off in race for Congress
    http://www.easyreadernews.com/25864/webb-gin-district-36/

    Democrats fight it out in race for Harman seat
    http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_18064100
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    May 15, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidVery good news. I hope he wins.

    I'm sure the liberals on here hope he doesn't despite the fact that he is gay. It's always "party first" with the RJ liberal hens! icon_rolleyes.gif


    And despite the fact that he's open about it as well and not fitting into the supposed self-hating closeted narrative crap.
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    May 15, 2011 11:02 PM GMT
    Wow, nice to see so much *gasp* support for a gay candidate icon_eek.gif
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    May 15, 2011 11:47 PM GMT
    That is amazing isn't. They're knocking down the doors with support, but you know how it goes - if he dares to be a republican he must hate himself. And yeah I've met him a few times over the years at LCR events. He seems to be an ok guy and would be a good jane Harmon replacement.

    And of course he's treated with respect, he's mayor in a pretty republican city. He's a little on the liberal side for me but it would be a step forward from harmon. I hope he makes it.
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    May 16, 2011 12:48 AM GMT
    Bump ( to try and displace the alternative nasty crap that SB Anne Coulter posted) This topic is a good one.

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    May 16, 2011 3:39 AM GMT
    I think it's pretty much inevitable that we'll see more candidates like this. Younger conservatives and younger voters broadly are considerably more socially liberal but economically conservative - but this is good news.
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    May 16, 2011 4:08 AM GMT
    riddler78 saidI think it's pretty much inevitable that we'll see more candidates like this. Younger conservatives and younger voters broadly are considerably more socially liberal but economically conservative - but this is good news.



    rofl, BUT this is good news?

    Did you mean, "I think it's pretty much inevitable that we'll see more candidates like this. Younger conservatives and younger voters broadly are considerably more socially liberal but economically conservative - this is good news."
    ...?

    SB, read and pay attention: "It’s one of the reasons this race is important to me. We need to bring more of a problem-solving approach to the Congress and not be so focused on those labels of ‘conservative,’ ‘progressive’ and so forth,” said Gin."




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    May 16, 2011 4:29 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidVery good news. I hope he wins.

    I'm sure the liberals on here hope he doesn't despite the fact that he is gay. It's always "party first" with the RJ liberal hens! icon_rolleyes.gif




    No, crackpot, you've got it backwards.
    Almost all Republicans would vote for anything with an "R" after it.
    Remember, Bush almost beat Gore for the sole reason that voters thought that Bush would be more fun to have a beer with.

    Mr. Gin's success depends on how the voters perceive him, knowing that he's a gay man.
    If he comes across as everything that represents their worst fears, he won't win.
    But, if he comes across as somebody they see as being, pretty much, just like them, he could win.
    But, he'd still have to beat out the Democratic candidate.

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    May 16, 2011 4:53 AM GMT
    Webster, stop drinking SB's Kool-aid. It's toxic.

    "I'm sure the liberals on here hope he doesn't despite the fact that he is gay. It's always "party first" with the RJ liberal hens! " says SB. Oh really.

    If you remember the cry used to be that gay liberals would only vote for someone who furthered their rights and nothing else. Now suddenly it's gay liberals put party first ahead of their rights. It's a bunch of crap designed to cause enemy-think.
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    May 16, 2011 5:14 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidMr. Gin's success depends on how the voters perceive him, knowing that he's a gay man.
    If he comes across as everything that represents their worst fears, he won't win.
    But, if he comes across as somebody they see as being, pretty much, just like them, he could win.
    But, he'd still have to beat out the Democratic candidate.

    The interesting thing is in this area, Gin being gay really does not come up in discussion, and from what I can tell based on past votes in his city, Redondo Beach. His focus is on the issues most relevant to his city, and now in this race, to our district.

    Given this district, his winning is really a very long shot. But what is interesting is he is judged as a candidate based on his party and his positions. His sexual orientation just doesn't come up.
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    May 16, 2011 10:29 PM GMT
    Who is the Democrat in this race? Is he or she disqualified for any other reason other than not being gay nor a Republican?
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    May 17, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    PresentMind saidWho is the Democrat in this race? Is he or she disqualified for any other reason other than not being gay nor a Republican?

    There are several Democrats per the link I previously posted.
    http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_18064100
    Sexual orientation has not come up as a factor for any of the candidates. The major Democratic candidates are probably Hahn and Bowen. I have not heard anyone say they were not qualified.