CPAC Chair Matt Schlapp Ducks Reporter’s Question about Gay Groping Charge

Alternet: Right-wing activist and lobbyist Matt Schlapp, the embattled chairman of the political organization that hosts the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), avoided a reporter’s questions Thursday about a male Republican campaign operative’s sexual assault allegations against him, and ultimately was pulled away by his arm rather than face the questions.

The Independent’s Eric Michael Garcia tried to get Schlapp to respond to the claims by the man who at the time was an aide to the Herschel Walker campaign. He is reportedly suing Schlapp in a $9.4 million battery, defamation, and conspiracy lawsuit after the CPAC leader refused to admit to allegations he was “aggressively fondling” the man’s “genital area in a sustained fashion” while he was driving Schlapp to his hotel.

In the video (above), Garcia can be heard saying to Schlapp, ‘What’s your response to the allegation –’ but then a woman interjects, asking, ‘How’s your wife?’

“‘She’s great,’ Schlapp responds.

[Mercedes Schlapp was Trump’s director of strategic communications.]

“…At that point another man grabs Schlapp’s arm and pulls him away.”

Huckabee: ‘I’m a Man’s Man’

Guys like to go fishing with other men. They like to go hunting with other men. Women like to go to the restroom with other women. I don’t get that. I can tell you this much: if I ever say, ‘I have to go to the restroom’ and some guy says, ‘I’ll go with you,’ he ain’t goin’ with me. That much I know.

— Mike Huckabee, quoted by TPM at a speech in Iowa.

As First Lady, Marcus Bachmann’s Number One Cause Will Be Hating Gays

If his wife Michele is elected president next year and he becomes America’s first male First Lady, Marcus “Jazzy Hands” Bachmann says he will not pursue a socialist cause like Michelle Obama’s campaign to improve childhood nutrition. Instead, perhaps not surprisingly, his cause will be preventing equal marriage rights for gays:

“I’ve decided my cause is not going to be happy meals,” he said during a stop at the Family Table Restaurant here, apparently a dig at Mrs. Obama.

“We are going to be the message-givers,” said Mr. Bachmann, who runs a Christian counseling service that has been accused of trying to “heal” gays by persuading them to become heterosexual.

“We are going to get this message across,” he said. “Marriage is between one man and one woman. We are going to promote families.”

Meanwhile, Jonathan Chait suggests that Michele’s presidential aspirations have become such a long shot that she’s now pinning her hopes on being named Mitt Romney’s running mate. “Obviously,” writes Chait, “you’d have to be delusional to think that Romney would put a massive liability like Bachmann on his ticket. Luckily for him, Bachmann is delusional.”

At the Republican presidential debate this week in Sioux City, Iowa, Bachmann earned an astounding twelfth “Pants on Fire” from Politifact for lying when she said, “PolitiFact came out and said that everything I said was true” in the prior debate. Politifact says it said no such thing.

Rick Perry: Gay, Gay, Gay

The blowback from the hate-filled ad targeting Iowa’s Christian bigot voters that Rick Perry released this week has been pretty hilarious.

photos-rick-perry-teletubby-brokebackIt has spawned all sorts of parodies, including the video above, as well as a Tumblr site and a series of Photoshop jobs in which gay icons like Tinky Winky, the late Rev. Jerry Falwell’s favorite Teletubby, are superimposed behind Perry.

And speaking of gay icons, here is a Dept. of There Are No Accidents alert: In the ad, Perry is costumed in a jacket just like the one worn by Heath Ledger in “Brokeback Mountain.”

But the blowback hasn’t been all fun and games for Rick Perry. On Wednesday, Tony Fabrizio, team Perry’s pollster and strategist, was outed on Twitter — “twouted?” — by Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron, prominent members of GOProud, a Stockholm-syndrome support group for gay Republicans:


Family Research Council Founder Admits Taking Rent Boy on European Vacay, Compares Self with Jesus Evangelizing Prostitutes

photos-repkers-luprcienGeorge Alan Rekers is a prototypical professional homophobe. He is a founding board member of the Family Research Council, a well-funded anti-gay organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled a hate group; an officer for NARTH, the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality, a pseudo-scientific group that disseminates anti-gay disinformation disguised as research; and a researcher for the American College of Pediatricians, which, despite its legitimate-sounding name, has been described as a “phony medical group attempting to peddle anti-gay propaganda to schools.”