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Opponent’s campaign attacks Clay Aiken as ‘San Francisco values’

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — LGBT North Carolinians reacted swiftly Wednesday to a statement from U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers’ campaign team, which used coded anti-LGBT language to attack Clay Aiken, who earlier announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress.

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.)

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.)

In a statement, Ellmers spokesperson Jessica Wood used traditional code words and phrases to attack Aiken, contrasting Aiken’s supposed “San Francisco” values with Ellmers’ support of families, reported QNotes.

Wood called Aiken a “performer whose political views more closely resemble those of San Francisco,” and said it was Ellmers who would be “fighting for their families.”

The statement garnered swift criticism from Dan Gurley, a former executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party.

Gurley, who like Aiken is openly gay, criticized Wood’s statement and its tone.

“I’m sure you thought you were being clever with your statement yesterday when you said the following, ‘and Aiken, a performer whose political views more closely resemble those of San Francisco than Sanford,’” Gurley wrote.

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“Well, you weren’t. You were offensive and childish, and if you worked for me or any client of mine I’d fire you. Surely you know better than this. You have offended many on both sides of the political aisle with your ill thought out comments. Not only are you uncreative, but your [sic] small minded,” he said.

Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality North Carolina, a statewide LGBT advocacy and education group, said Ellmers’ spokesperson was “out of touch” with North Carolina.

“There’s no room in today’s North Carolina for this failed, coded language trying to draw attention to Aiken’s sexual orientation,” Sgro told qnotes. “The values represented by those communities are fairness and equality, and they are going to be interested to hear what Aiken has to say in this race.”

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  1. Smh

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:18pm
  2. Douchebag

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:19pm
  3. they say that as if it were a bad thing.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:19pm
  4. As a San Franciscan, sounds like a good thing to me. We function quite well as an open, caring, neighborly city where everyone is welcomed. San Francisco is world class universally loved city. North Carolina would be blessed to have half the heart of San Francisco.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:19pm
  5. As a Canadian-Australian, I've always said, if I had to live in the US, the only cities I would want to live in are San Francisco and Seattle.

    Replied on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:31am
  6. I can’t believe that Republicans still use “San Francisco values”. God, just speak your bigotry straight up. You don’t have to use code words.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:21pm
  7. The thing is their "codes" are so weak they aren't even fooling anyone to begin with. I can't wait for these people to die off. Then maybe, JUST maybe we can be a decent country.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:18pm
  8. I agree. But, in the meantime, let's just vote their dumb butts out of office.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:18pm
  9. So typical…bottom feeders!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:21pm
  10. that did not take long…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:21pm
  11. These psychos should be committed.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:21pm
  12. Wow, they right-wing assholes already have their fangs and claws out!!! Dumb ass bitch!!! Who made you his trophy..lol, wife?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:23pm
  13. She just blew her chances of re-election! The DUMBASS! Go Clay!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:25pm
  14. You idiot. The “San Francisco values” prevail all over the country.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:26pm
  15. Ohhh… The Horror! :-D

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:26pm
  16. I WISH this state would adopt some San Francisco values.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:27pm
  17. i.e. “We hate faggots” ….just say it already.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:28pm
  18. Maybe she was talking about Rice-a-Roni and how he wants to serve that instead of grits?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:28pm
  19. Well played.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:20pm
  20. what a sad pathetic woman… she’s behaving like one of my high school students

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:29pm
  21. she has cunt bitch values!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:35pm
  22. WOW!!! As I recall the Bible says love thy neighbor. Not Hate

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:36pm
  23. Maybe—–Renee thinks no one else knows the code?—–Renee thinks no one else knows he is gay?—–Renee is watching her career self-destruct?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:37pm
  24. This woman needs duct tape pasted across her every orifice. Each time one of them opens something vile spills out.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:38pm
  25. She hasn’t got the “balls” to say it directly, so she uses GOP/TPer party CODE. HAH. What a loser.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:44pm
  26. You stupid hillbilly cunt. Shut the fuck up. San Francisco is one of hte finest cities in the world. North Carolina…no so much. Poor impoverished toothless idiot bitch that you are. GO STRAIGHT TO HELL CUNT. How is that for code? Too much for you to understand?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:46pm
  27. Another Republican that doesn’t understand that people aren’t buying this type of crap any more. Pack your bags lady, Clay is moving in !

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:46pm
  28. Ignorance.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:51pm
  29. I’d rather have big city progress sib values over backwoods hick values that keep people oppressed.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:59pm
  30. *Big city progressive values

    Replied on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:59pm
  31. Funny how fast they attack another candidate, instead of touting their own policies and plans. Cheap GOP tactic, attack and destroy.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:01pm
  32. Wouldn’t it be great if Aiken released a statement saying something like “I get it. Ms. Ellmers thinks that because I am gay I am some sort of pervert who wants to destroy families with my twisted, San Francisco values, whatever that means. Ms. Ellmers forgets that I am a parent too and want nothing but the best for my children, as she most likely wants for hers. So go ahead and bash me Ms. Ellmers. I’ll run on issues facing North Carolina families. You can run on outdated stereotypes of LGBT people as scary bogeymen.”

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:01pm
  33. Diversity, uniqueness and intelligence are values I crave for in politicians.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:02pm
  34. *dislike* ( the article)

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:11pm
  35. Look at her. She just looks special.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:12pm
  36. I’d like to shove a fist right in her fucking mouth. Maybe if she got some penis (or vag if she’s in the closest) she wouldn’t be such a cunt.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:16pm
  37. man, is she desperate. Calm down, Renee. You’re going to give yourself a heart attach. Oh….keep it up, then.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:19pm
  38. Her statement says more about her than about anyone else. I hope her constituents are paying attention and pick up on that.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:27pm
  39. Thank God! Those are true values!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:29pm
  40. She’s terrible!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:30pm
  41. Well… I would like to give this bee-ooch a good ole Michigan kick in the crotch

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:34pm
  42. wow blows me away? then did you see the link to Linda Harvey even better!!!!OMG stupid is as stupid does.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:42pm
  43. What’s her IQ ???

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:50pm
  44. I’ve lived in San Francisco. That woman has no idea of the values. Like: required recycling, quality public transport, education (San Francisco has the highest number of post grads in the US), CULTURE, etc. Nothing like the values of NC, like child marriage, racism, incest, and hillbilly accents.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:51pm
  45. I hope Clay wins in a landslide!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:53pm
  46. We don’t have to wait for these morons to die off. Just stop voting them in. Hooray for Clay. I wish him success!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:54pm
  47. Wow i live in north carolina were is the incest, child marriage and what is wrong with hillbilly accents( i was born in West Virginia before you go there) Good luck Clay! Im proud supporter of the LGBT Comm.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:58pm
  48. And the bitch fight begins!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:59pm
  49. San Francisco values include lots of fine dining and shoe shopping. I think Clay has a nobler cause in mind.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:19pm
  50. Bitch!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:29pm
  51. I hope Clay kicks their backward/hateful asses.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:31pm
  52. At least San Francisco values do not involve burning a cross!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:45pm
  53. Just because he’s gay doesn’t me he doesn’t have values.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 9:01pm
  54. Clay will be 100 steps up on that ignorant fool!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 9:13pm
  55. Ellmers is a Bigot. Values are values regardless of where they come from acting as though other Americans don’t have values worth discussing shows her hatred.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 9:19pm
  56. Coming from: Cancel unemployment benefits but I NEED MY PAYCHECK Ellmers. Hypocrite Teapublican

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 9:38pm
  57. It is so good to hear the comments of the former Executive Director of the Republican Party. He was spot on when he called her ‘offensive and childish’.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 9:59pm
  58. North Carolina. Not surprising they’d be pulling something this ignorant, considering they voted in a state religion.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:02pm
  59. What the hell is that supposed to mean!!??

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:36pm
  60. Please everyone, stop by the Renee Ellmer for Congress page and tell the soon-to-be former congresswoman what you think of her! ;)

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:44pm
  61. Nothing like like those down-home hayseed values!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 11:20pm
  62. yeah cause um we are too stupid to figure the code words out. I mean being gay and all.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:00am
  63. love it!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:09am
  64. SHE IS mean

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:25am
  65. Careful, honey… the “Clay-mates” will FUCK, YOU UP!!

    LMFAO!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:30am