Speaker of the House John Boehner, when asked if he supports "the Republican Party apparatus" bolstering openly gay candidates, said "I do," unleashing a storm of debate in the GOP. One conservative strategist denounced the episode as a diversion to the real story in politics, the fallout of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."
"Some of our members just aren't as sensitive as they ought to be," Boehner added, speaking at a press conference this week. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, denounced the move as an unnecessary distraction from the failings of ObamaCare. "What's the purpose of the Republican platform if the party isn't looking for candidates who uphold it?" Perkins asked.
In an email statement to The Christian Post, Perkins wrote that "the GOP's latest sideshow comes at the expense of the party's greatest opportunity: capitalizing on America's disgust for Obamacare." He criticized the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) for allegedly spending money to support "two activist homosexual candidates." more >>
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is training Republican candidates to avoid gaffes such as Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" comment, which contributed to the Democratic accusation that Republicans are waging a "War on Women." Female conservative strategists agree that this is a step in the right direction, but insisted it would not be enough.
"You need to be very careful in how you approach any group and what you say," NRCC Chairman Greg Walden, a representative from Ohio, said in a statement Thursday. Walden called the art of designing messages to specific audiences "Politics 101." Politico reported "multiple sessions" where congressional aides were trained in "messaging against women opponents." The report mentioned at least 10 male Republican incumbents facing female Democratic challengers next year.
While this Republican group may be training male incumbents to defeat women, it may also be encouraging women to run as GOP candidates. "Recruiting women candidates is a top priority of the NRCC this cycle," Liesl Hickey, executive director of the NRCC, said in an email statement. "We've had tremendous support from our women members of Congress through our Project Grow initiative," Hickey added. more >>
Chilean presidential candidate, Evelyn Matthei, recently met with evangelicals to discuss her biblically conservative agenda, which she vows to maintain if elected president during the nation's Dec. 15 election.
"I pledge to continue with the future of our government and God willing if I get there, nothing will be done that goes against what the Bible says," said Matthei, during her speech, according to her campaign website. "Marriage is between a man and a woman, and life is cared for from the moment of conception until natural death. No to abortion, no to euthanasia. That is a commitment I make before you."
Following her meeting with the group of 3,000 people that gathered to celebrate 100 years of the Evangelical church establishing its presence in Chile, Matthei reportedly met with pastors to make a confession of faith as shown in a YouTube video going viral of her repeating the Sinner's Prayer. more >>
The husband of former Florida Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, whose role in determining the outcome of the 2000 presidential election drew national attention, was found dead on Tuesday.
Anders Ebbeson, a 68-year-old Swedish businessman, is believed to have committed suicide. Harris and Ebbeson married in 1999.
Those close to the couple said that they believed that recent health issues may have influenced Ebbeson's decision. more >>
A political candidate endorsed by a member of the "Duck Dynasty" family has upset his establishment opponent in a special election held in Louisiana.
Vance McAllister, a businessman who received an endorsement from Willie Robertson not long before the vote, was victorious against La. State Senator Neil Riser this past weekend.
In the special runoff election held for the vacated Fifth Congressional District seat of Louisiana, McAllister defeated Riser with 59.7 percent of the vote versus Riser's 40.3 percent, reported Politico. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" cast member, Willie Robertson, has endorsed an underdog in a Louisiana special congressional election on Saturday.
In a 15-second ad released on Wednesday, Willie Robertson cast his support for businessman Vance McAllister (R) who faces frontrunner and party supported Sen. Neil Riser (R) in a race to claim the vacancy, a seat that was formerly held by representative Rodney Alexander.
McAllister, who owns a pipeline construction company and owns several fast-food franchises, made the decision to jump into the race in a last minute decision. To qualify for the run-off, he beat out 12 other candidates and ultimately finished with 18 percent of the vote, compared with Riser's 32 percent. more >>