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GOP expected to appoint gay man to Colorado Senate race

By Nic Garcia| Out Front Colorado
Friday, July 20, 2012

DENVER — A Colorado Republican vacancy committee is scheduled Saturday to interview — and is expected to appoint — a Denver gay man in order to fill an empty position on the November ballot.

Michael Carr

Multiple GOP sources have confirmed that Michael Carr is the only candidate being considered to fill the Senate District 31 vacancy after Brandon Kelley ended his campaign earlier this summer.

If Carr is selected he’ll go head-to-head with gay Denver Democrat state Sen. Pat Steadman.

The senate district stretches from central Denver into Glendale, the Denver Tech Center and parts of Aurora. While the map was dramatically redrawn during the redistricting process that takes place every 10 years, it is still considered a safe seat for the Democratic Party.

Democrats make up 48 percent of registered voters, compared to the 30 percent that are registered Republicans. Another 20 percent of registered voters are unaffiliated.

“This is not a district that is considered Republican friendly,” said Alexander Hornaday, an attorney consulting Carr on election law and finances. “But even if Michael doesn’t win, I’m excited to show my fellow Republicans that you can be a good Republican, a loyal Republican and a gay Republican.”

Denver GOP Chairwoman Wendy Warner said she isn’t concerned with Carr’s sexual orientation.

“Mr. Carr’s sexual orientation is not our focus,” she said. “Our focus needs to be on economic issues. Some big decisions have to be made next year and we need strong, prudent and fiscal conservatives in the state legislature.”

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18 more reader comments:

  1. Is he a real gay or an ex-gay?

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:32pm
  2. Bout fucking time…

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:33pm
  3. I just don’t understand Gay Republicans…

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:36pm
  4. Well hell, I hope he wins.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:37pm
  5. I’m a democrat but I’d def. vote for him! Let’s shake things up:)

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:39pm
  6. Log Cabin Reps. An Oxymoron.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:40pm
  7. Just because he’s gay, it doesn’t mean he’s open-minded. Besides, Colorado’s always been very close, both sides are looking for any edge they can get.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:40pm
  8. The economic right is a disaster. Don’t elect him in. Not only that, but what kind of moronic pile of shit do you have to be to call yourself a Republican? Why align yourself with that party?

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:40pm
  9. Yet they block marriage and unions in Colorado?

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:42pm
  10. Gays can be Republicans in all aspects except marriage. If anyone can fix up economy its the gays.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:42pm
  11. yes but if they are republicans there just plain stupid

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:43pm
  12. Depends on the kind of Republican and what issues they support.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:45pm
  13. I don’t trust Gay republicants. How can you side with a party that believe you are a second class citizen and your civil rights should be put to a vote?! He might be gay for pay…

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:59pm
  14. this man could possibly help our fight for equality

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:17pm
  15. What a surprise.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 2:12pm
  16. The only reason why the Colo. GOP is doing this is because Sen. Pat Steadman (D-Denver) is an openly gay man himself and is also the lead sponsor of the Colo. civil unions bill. I’m sure the GOP thinks this is the only way they can compete. The previous Republican nominee for this seat probally quit b/c he knew he did not have a prayer in defeating Sen. Steadman.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 3:08pm
  17. I smell a trap. I’d be running right now….for the hills.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 3:50pm
  18. They must be really desperate.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 4:46pm