(Trenton) — Today, the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus responded to a news report that Passaic County Republican Chairman, John Traier, is importing openly gay Republican congressional candidate, Carl DeMaio, from California to educate state Republicans about “economic and quality of life issues.” The group also unveiled a robust schedule of statewide campaign outreach activities and events for the days approaching this November’s elections.
“A bad representative is a bad representative, no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said NJDSC LGBT Caucus Chair, Chris 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.”
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 — legislation that, according to the Human Rights Campaign, enjoys broad congressional support and is backed by the American public in all 50 states.
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.”
Not surprisingly, the eight members of the LGBT community serving in Washington — seven serve in the United States House of Representatives and one serves in the United States Senate — are all Democrats.
Meanwhile, the NJDSC’s LGBT Caucus is working hard to send LGBT allies to Congress, and to elect Democrats across New Jersey. The caucus encourages members of the LGBT community to remain active and engaged in its phone banking and canvassing efforts for the remainder of the Fall campaign. A partial list of the LGBT Caucus activities and events across the state follows:
Oct 6 - Morristown (Morris County) - Gay Activist Alliance of Morris County Candidate's Night, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd.
Oct 7 - Ridgewood (Bergen County) - Roy Cho for Congress HQ - 297 E. Ridgewood Ave.
Oct 8 - Long Branch (Monmouth County) - Frank Pallone for Congress/Monmouth Democrats, 495 Broadway
Oct 9 - Somerville (Somerset County) - Somerset County Democrats, 94 E. Main St.
Oct 11 - Woodland Park (Passaic County), 668 McBride Ave.
Oct 13 - North Brunswick (Middlesex County) - Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress, 2207 Route 1 South
Oct 16 - Ewing (Mercer County) - Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress, 25 Scotch Road, Suite F
Oct 20 - Atlantic City (Atlantic County) - Hughes for Congress
Oct 25 - Jersey City (Hudson County) - Jersey City Pride
Oct 26 - Warren/Sussex Counties - LGBT House parties