The Republican running against the incumbent Max Sandlin (D-Texas, District 1) worries me greatly. Here's a quote from his website (bolding mine):
The candidate we nominate must be persuasive, compelling, and effective in communicating the Republican Party’s objectives, and he must win votes. My conservative views are deeply-rooted, reasonable and based on sound logic. I will not be one of those candidates who tries to show liberals how conciliatory he can be. I am eager to show, by using the Democrats own words, their own programs, and their own rhetoric, how they are trying to change and subvert our culture.
Am I wrong in interpreting this as guy as a right-wing looney? I've written John Lawrence asking whether he would vote for or against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, H.R. 2692, but he has not responded.
Max Sandlin is not one of the co-sponsors of the ENDA. I find that troubling. But in speaking with others, they think he is being pragmatic. He may vote for ENDA, but not being a co-sponsor means his opponent can't use that as a weapon in the race for the District Seat.
Now to the Pit material (irritated hyperbole included).
How the fuck can people be against the ENDA? Even if you think we queers are all going to burn in Hell for eternity, why should be be fired from our freakin' jobs here on earth. Dammit. If we're working, we pay taxes and keep contributing to this nation that you claim to love so dearly, morons. If you manage to get us fired, what's next? Making sure we can't receive unemplyment benefits or welfare? Making sure we can't work and can't get assistance? Should we starve or move to Sweden?