A First: Gay group runs ad against Democratic candidates

Chris Moody Contributor
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GOProud, a group that represents gay conservatives, is going where no gay organization has gone before: It’s running a campaign ad against a Democratic candidate.

The Washington-based group is going after Democratic incumbents Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Barbara Boxer and Nancy Pelosi of California, calling them “catty” and “arrogant.” The spot plays off of the television show “Real Housewives of D.C.” with a new take, “The Real Democrats of Washington, D.C.”

“If you thought the housewives were dysfunctional, wait until you meet the Real Democrats of Washington, D.C.,” a voice declares while pictures of the three candidates pop up in front of a pink background.

The ad lets the politicians do most of the talking, pulling audio recordings from their less than amiable moments. The list includes the time Frank (justifiably) told a woman at a town hall meeting that talking to her was like “trying to argue with a dining room table” and when Boxer scolded an officer in the U.S. Army for not referring to her as “Senator Boxer” during a hearing.

The group became known for shaking things up within the gay community in September when they invited conservative pundit Ann Coulter to headline an event in New York City.

“For the first time ever a national gay organization is airing a television advertising campaign going after Democrats,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud’s executive director. Christopher Barron, the group’s chairman, added that he sees Frank as an “embarrassment to the gay community.”

The 30-second spot will air in California, Massachusetts, Hawaii and New York starting on Monday.


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