The New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus today criticized Passaic County Republican Chairman John Traier’s choice of an openly gay Republican congressional candidate as a guest here in New Jersey.
Traier, a gay Republican county chairman who wants to improve his party’s image with diverse populations, is hosting Carl DeMaio of California today.
That sparked the following response from NJDSC LBGT Caucus Chris Hillmann.
“A bad representative is a bad representative, no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Hillmann. “Only one major political party truly supports the LGBT community: the Democratic Party. The Republican Party, by contrast, has consistently blocked our path as we march en masse toward equality. In this respect, Mr. DeMaio — who has noted in past campaigns that LGBT concerns are not his concern — represents the same sad, antiquated, and closed-minded GOP priorities. We look forward to sending him back to San Diego to lose another campaign.”
Hillman said across the board, Republican Party leaders have fought efforts to extend basic legal protections to members of the LGBT community. In particular, House Speaker John Boehner has consistently refused to let Republicans and Democrats vote on a basic LGBT non-discrimination bill.
Barbra Casbar Siperstein, the first transgender member of the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Committee also reacted to Mr. DeMaio’s visit.
“Chairman Traier may have good intentions, but even if Mr. DeMaio was in fact a Teddy Roosevelt Progressive, which he is not, anyone who would empower Republican Speaker John Boehner is blowing smoke rings — a nice looking way of just blowing smoke,” Siperstein said.