In response to criticism of his party on the heels of anti-gay comments made by U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) made to fellow
Republicans, U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) this evening issued a statement.
“I am not going to criticize Scott Garrett because I do not know what he said,” said Lance. “I, however, disagree with anyone who rejects Ronald Reagan’s ‘Big Tent’ philosophy of an inclusive Republican Party. We should welcome into the Tent all people who believe in Republican ideals and principles of fiscal responsibility regardless of their race, religion, creed, national origin, gender or sexual identity. That has always been my position and will continue to be so.”
In an interview with PolitickerNJ this afternoon, Somerset County Democratic Chair Peg Schaffer said she doubted Lance would comment. A supporter of legislation offering employment and hate crime protections to gays, lesbians and transgender citizens, Lance has been notably silent on both Garrett’s remarks and the attempted ousting of Potosnak.
“I’m sorry that Leonard has moved so far to the right. I’m actually disappointed, and I think he should stand up and he should demand a retraction from Garrett, should be suggesting that if Garrett can’t represent the entire electorate then he should think about stepping down,” said Schaffer.
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