Rick Perry's Pollster Tony Fabrizio Outed By Gay Conservatives After Homophobic Ad

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Rick Perry's ridiculous anti-gay ad has started a political whirlwind that has resulted in the outing of Tony Fabrizio, a top Republican pollster who's currently working for Perry, and in the past has worked for Gov. Rick Scott and, interestingly, gay rights groups.

The revelation, or at least accusations, that Fabrizio is gay came as a leader of gay Republican Group GOProud who tweeted, "I've just about had it with faggots who line their pockets with checks from anti-gay homophobes while throwing the rest of us under the bus."

First thing's first, here's the Perry ad in question in which the presidential candidate says, "You don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school."



Fabrizio, who lives in Miami Beach, is Perry's campaigns top pollster. According to the Huffington Post, he objected to the ad while it was being made, but that didn't stop the rest of Perry's campaign staff from going forward with it. He wrote an e-mail to Nelson Warfield, the GOP operative behind the ad and called it "nuts."

"Tony was against it from the get-go," Warfield wrote to HuffPo. "It was the source of some extended conversation in the campaign. To be very clear: That spot was mine from writing the poll question to test[ing] it to drafting the script to overseeing production."

Despite the fact that Fabrizo was internally and privately against the ad, that wasn't enough to quell the anger of members of GOProud.

According to Towleroad, Jimmy LaSalvia, the executive director of GOProud, who tweeted the line about gay men who "line their pockets" with homophobic cash then added, "I was talking about Rick Perry's pollster/strategist." Oh, gurl, some bitch just got read.

LaSalvia tempered down the personal accusations while talking to HuffPo.

"It is the height of hypocrisy for Tony Fabrizio to have been a part of that," he said. "He has lined his pockets for years with money from the gay community to conduct polls to ostensibly help gay people in this country, and for him to be a part of this is the height of Washington hypocrisy. It is absolutely what is wrong with Washington. It is all about the payday for these people."

LaSalvia argued that Fabrizio should have quit in protest.

It's unknown how "out" Fabrizio already was. He had done professional work for gay rights group and GOProud's competing gay Republican group, the Log Cabin Republicans, before, but it appears he's never made a public statement on his sexuality.

Fabrizio had previously worked for Rick Scott's gubernatorial campaign, but also worked for an organization opposing Florida's 2008 anti-gay marriage amendment.

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9 comments
claudia
claudia

these people are full of shit, when i was in high school(2002-2006) they had a bible club and they probably still do...gtfoh with war on religion!  

Heyjack
Heyjack

He plays both sides against the middle?? Lol !

Chris Harmon
Chris Harmon

they openly celebrate christmas at my daughters' school.. school fundraiser of decorating a christmas tree for auction to raise money for a trip to the state capitol to see how gov't works.. ironic huh?...

Randall E. Winn
Randall E. Winn

Haters gotta hate. Perry's a hater. Lucky for America, that doesn't work anymore.

AJ
AJ

Amusing that a gay person would use the word fag. Lots of glass houses over there huh?

Robert
Robert

And black people use the N word. So what?

Pensween
Pensween

@6116b3ed30628d46c4d71362f08be303:disqus 3rd grade argument.  Mixing apples with oranges.  Inability to think critically.  Can't get from A to B.  

Guido
Guido

How about this, words are meaningless without intent and powerless without overly delicate sensibilities. When we were kids, we used to call each other all those derogatory terms all the time. And without meaning anything by it. Not even towards each other. That's why South Park can pull it off.

bobunf
bobunf

No, Pensween.  It's fourth grade logic.  Black people can use the N word when talking with other Blacks and in some other circumstances.  Jews can use the K word, ditto. Italians can use the D word, ditto.   Gays can use the F word, ditto.  

The inductive pattern is that one can use derogatory terms for and within one's own group without appearing to be a racist, anti-Semitic, homophobe, etc.

As Robert put it in relation to AJ's remark, which was left handedly intended to support Perry's pandering to homophobia: So what?

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