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Will a Gay Marriage Super PAC Boost GOP Support?

Will a Gay Marriage Super PAC Boost GOP Support?

 

Could a “super PAC” specifically geared toward supporting pro-marriage equality GOP candidates be about to change the equality fight?

Until now, one of the strongest weapons in the arsenal of anti-gay marriage foes like the National Organization for Marriage has been the threat to unseat any Republican who votes for marriage equality. While this isn’t always successful, New York being a qualified exception, there is little doubt that it has proved effective in keeping the more moderate voices within the GOP from daring to step off the hard-right line against marriage equality. But could this be about to change? One billionaire hedge fund manager thinks his super PAC idea could be the solution.

Reports The New York Times:

That character is Paul E. Singer, 67, a billionaire hedge fund manager who is among the most important Republican donors nationwide. In just one Manhattan fund-raiser last month, he helped to collect more than $5 million for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

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In an interview on Tuesday, he told me that he’s confident that in Congressional races, which would most likely be the super PAC’s initial focus, there are more than a few Republicans “who could be on the verge of support” or are “harboring and hiding their views.”

“And this kind of effort could be catalytic in generating some more movement,” he said.

This comes at a time when several leading Republican voices have called for the Party to change its approach to gay rights and be more inclusive.

What is interesting, however, is that Singer backs Mitt Romney for the presidency, saying that he “feels strongly” that President Obama “needs to be fired.” This is despite the fact that Mitt Romney supports the notion of a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. With regards to this, Singer says “I think it would be naïve of me to take this issue and just upend everything else I believe,” he said. “Because I think we’re making progress.”

There are of course a number of ways of looking at the super PAC idea.

On the one hand, it could be classed as a positive reinforcement: that GOP supporters of marriage equality will no longer have to fear being unseated simply because they dared to act on their convictions and voted in favor of same-sex marriage.

The other side of the coin, perhaps cynical but certainly merited, is that this super PAC is as problematic as all other super PACs. It takes a single issue, rewards the candidate on those grounds and, most concerning, helps to shield them from voter power.

While we can certainly find it unfortunate, and even unfair, that groups like NOM have been able to capitalize on voter power to unseat politicians (and judges) on gay rights issues, this as an alternative seems deeply problematic because the precedent that has been set suggests big businesses can and will wield such an overreaching power to shield and advance their favored candidates, watering down electoral strength.

There is also the question of whether GOP candidates, and any politician in fact, should require the promise of election/re-election funds before voting on matters of basic fairness and equality.

 

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4:22AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

VOTE STRAIGHT DEMOCRAT IN 2012

4:19AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

VOTE STRAIGHT DEMOCRAT IN 2012

4:19AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

VOTE STRAIGHT DEMOCRAT IN 2012

7:58AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

WHO WILL START A SUPER PAC TO PROMOTE MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION CANDIDATES?

United States Marijuana Party http://usmjp.com

Cris Ericson, is on the ballot in Vermont running for United States Senator against Bernie Sanders.

4:03PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Republicians will flip flop then flop flip to get votes, anything to win. they do not care who they hurt they just want to win!!!!!. and they DO NOT care about the people they just want to be in high places to protect their own interests not,.........OURS. we neede to vote our own interests and our own circumstances. gop/teaparty will protect themselves lying,cheating purging legal voters, they are scary. I am even afraid they would kill to get their way. these people are extremely dangerous. Diana.

1:39PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Willard Mitt Zombie will try to take credit and say it was his idea all along. you know, just like he did with the Auto Loan, Osama, etc.

8:55AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

I'm glad he's come up with this Ssuper Pac idea/ If the U/S. Government is going to have the damn things, they might as well be useful to the Dems once in awhile. However, I think this man will be disappointed if he thinks Romney's going to back him in his support of marriage equality.

8:07AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Politicians who can be bought can always be bought again by a higher bidder.

7:14AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

This sort of falls into the "strange bedfellows" heading, but ANYTHING that could nudge the so-called GOP from the corner they seem to have painted themselves into would be welcome.

That having been said, Mr Singer, can spend as much of his money as he cares to. I doubt very seriously if it's going to change much of anything.

6:05AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

I'm not going to hold my breath.

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