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Fri Apr 15, 2016, 12:35 PM

Something seen today in the Corporate Supplicant group [View all]

"Two of three congressional candidates Sanders backed ystdy are running against gay Dems in primaries"

Sanders raising funds against gay congressional candidates

According to the Huffington Post, the fundraising email isnít the first time two of these three candidates have worked with the Sanders campaign. Both Flores and Jaypal introduced the presidential candidate during rallies in their respective home states of Nevada and Washington. Flores also appeared in an advertisement for Sanders that ran before the Nevada caucuses.

But two of these three candidates are seeking to defeat openly gay contenders seeking the Democratic nomination to run for Congress. As of right now, a total of seven lawmakers serving in the Congress are openly gay, lesbian or bisexual, or slightly more than 1 percent of the legislative body. Thatís short of the estimated 3.5 percent of the U.S. population as a whole who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, according to the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. (Transgender people make up an estimated one-third of one percent of the U.S. population, but no member of Congress, nor any member of a state legislature, is openly transgender.)

Teachout is running against Will Yandik, an openly gay farmer and Livingston deputy town supervisor who recently had a child with his same-sex spouse. Their primary is on June 28, weeks after the presidential contest on Tuesday.
Jayapal is competing against two openly gay candidates: Joe McDermott, a former member of the Washington legislature and now a member of the King County Council, and Brady Walkinshaw, a member of the Washington State House. Their primary is set for August 2, some time after the Washington presidential caucuses for Democrats, which took place on March 26, and the Republicans, which is set for May 24.

Both McDermott and Walkinshaw told the Washington Blade they objected to Sandersí endorsements of their opponents at a time LGBT people arenít proportionately represented in Congress.

Ok, so the fuck what? People don't deserve seats because of their orientation! If that was the case, I could cakewalk my pansexual mulatto ass up the steps of El Paso's town hall and just slip right into a seat. Maybe they should focus on running issues, and not identity politics.

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