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How would Republican primary voters feel about a prominent supporter of gay marriage holding a fundraiser for Thom Tillis in New York City?
That would be Paul Singer, a hedge-fund CEO whom the Washington Post calls “the money man behind pro-gay marriage Republicans.”
The Post reported that, “Last week, Singer and other donors threw two fundraisers for Republican candidates in New York City. The first one supported Thom Tillis, the House speaker in the North Carolina state legislature….The event raised about $280,000.”
The Post calls Singer “one of the foremost backers of LGBT rights on the right. Since 2010, Singer has spent more than $10 million trying to get states to legalize gay marriage and get Republicans to join the battle.”
Tillis is walking a fine line here. He was Speaker when gay-bashing Republicans pushed through the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. But he predicted that it would be repealed before very long. And he’s being pressed in the primary by opponents who would love to bash him on the gay-marriage issue.
Now, in fairness, Singer’s political giving also reflects his conservative views on economics and financial regulation. But we wonder whether Tillis wants Republican primary voters in North Carolina to know about Singer.
We’re glad to help. And maybe this is a sign of how fast public opinion is moving on gay marriage.


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2 comments on “Tillis Out of the Closet?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Oh boy. What a conundrum. If any republican U.S. Senate candidate goes out there and makes this an issue against Tillis, they will be facing some push back they really wouldn’t want to deal with. I mean, they’ll immediately be branded “homophobic” (even more than most radical liberal democrats already brand EVERY republican homophobic). Truth is most republicans aren’t anti-gay, but a great many are against identifying “marriage” as between anything but between a man and a woman…but, any republican that goes after Tillis on this will only be seen as anti-gay and anti-gay rights. I’ve learned by now that politics is almost totally about perception.

    I recently wrote on a thread here on TAP about how Hagan has over $6 million in her campaign war chest right now and how whoever becomes the GOP nominee will have to work damn hard to catch that and to deal with it. So, if Tillis were to become the republican nominee to run against Hagan, he’ll need a multi-millionaire like Singer in his corner. And, the other republicans vying for the nomination are almost ALL anti-gay marriage and me thinks Singer will just leave them sitting without his help if one of them were successful over Tillis (who is currently in the lead in polls but not by much).

    I’m not a Tillis fan and hope he doesn’t win the primary race. He’s democrat-lite on this issue as well as on immigration and on Obamacare and other important issues of the day in my opinion.

    This will be really interesting to watch.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’ll bet this takes you right back to 1984, Gary. This has more power of political devastation than the old New York Committee for Jim Hunt. Now we have the New York Gay Marriage fundraiser for Thom Tillis.

    But it is not surprising. Thom Tillis has never been a conservative. Look at his ratings on the Civitas Conservative Effectiveness ratings, where he got D’s and F’s. That is a progressive, not a conservative.

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