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GOP candidate goes after 'divas' vote

Tim Craig

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It's not everyday that a Republican candidate for office surrounds himself with a group of scantily-clad drag queens to try to raise money for his campaign.

But, hey, this is the left-leaning District. And Marc Morgan say's he proud to court the city's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Morgan, a black gay Republican, will be hosting a fundraiser billed as "Latin Flava" Sunday at Cobalt nightclub in Dupont Circle. Morgan, the GOP nominee in Ward 1, has created a Facebook page advertising the event, complete with photographs of the "Divas de La Rumba" who will be performing at the event.

Morgan said the event demonstrates he's a "pro-environment, pro-equality" liberal Republican who would be a good representative for Ward 1, which includes the U Street corridor, Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan and parts of Petworth.

"You normally don't see Republicans that A, court the gay vote and B court the Latino gay vote," Morgan, 37, said. "There are three or four gay Latinos who are supportive of my efforts and wanted to host a fundraiser and we put this together to pull in a totally different young Latino crowd."

Morgan will run against incumbent Jim Graham (D), who is also gay, in the November general election if Graham survives his primary match-up against Jeff Smith and Bryan Weaver.

Although Morgan faces an uphill battle to prevail in heavily Democratic Ward 1, his untraditional fundraising strategy appears to be showing success. He reports raising about $20,000 $15,000, which he says is the most of any of the four Republicans running for council this year.

Morgan got his start in politics in the early 2000s when he served as finance chairman for the Maryland Republican Party when Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele was head of the state party. He now works for the American Council on Renewable Energy.

--Tim Craig

By Tim Craig  |  August 11, 2010; 1:36 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Tim Craig  
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I really don't understand why a black gay man would want to associate with a political party that wants nothing to do with blacks or gays.

Posted by: jckdoors | August 11, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I think this is too cool.. a progressive Republican, that what that party needs. I'm just upset that Mr. Morgan didn't host his event at Nellie's - Which is in Ward 1.

Posted by: Ben-n-ward1 | August 11, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I think this is too cool.. a progressive Republican, that what that party needs. I'm just upset that Mr. Morgan didn't host his event at Nellie's - Which is in Ward 1.

Posted by: Ben-n-ward1 | August 11, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Republican? Bleh!

Posted by: kcflood87 | August 11, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Why are Graham and Morgan identified as gay when Weaver and Smith are not identified as straight? Isn't it time for the Post to start treating people equally?

Posted by: politicsdc | August 11, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Progressive Republican? I vaguely recall such a term during the 60s.

Posted by: ajlerner1 | August 11, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

If the gay community falls into this trap, they are foolish. The GOP would sell them out the second they are no longer needed for votes and money.

Posted by: clarkesq | August 11, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Homophobia is intolerance which brings no benefit. Marc Morgan has come up with a good plan to get LGBT people and Hispanics. Since he's gay and much more moderate than Republicans from the South and West like Mitch McConnell, Marc Morgan is much better suited to run for Washington, D.C.'s city council. Sexual orientation won't matter as his opponent is also gay so it shouldn't be a surprise if Marc Morgan gets into the 40% range of the vote.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | August 11, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Has Marc Morgan stated why in the **** he is a Republican??? Karl Rove must have set up a secret bank account for him in the Cayman Islands.

Posted by: ost123 | August 12, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

f the gay community falls into this trap, they are foolish. The GOP would sell them out the second they are no longer needed for votes and money.

Posted by: clarkesq

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I am often impressed with the blind stupidity that is represented in the comments section of the Post. The notion that the liberals have not sold out the Gay community is singularly ridiculous and is another event in an ongoing demonstration of just how sadly deluded the Gay community really is.

Obama has repeatedly expressed opposition to Gay marriage. For those of you who are about to start on the old saw of "the Republicans made him do it," may I suggest that all of you grow a backbone and a brain.

Posted by: VAtrailerTrash | August 12, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

OK, great.
But nothing about this post states what time the event start and whether there is a minimum contribution

Posted by: chris@directhiredc.com | August 12, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

One wonders why, if Morgan is "pro-environment, pro-equality," he's running as an R, especially in a ward where running as an R gives him a 0% chance of winning. If he really believes what he says he believes, why not run as a D and have at least a shot of winning the primary?

Also, how sad is it that the Statehood Greens aren't running serious candidates this year, and aren't running any Council candidates in the wards? DC could use a second party, but the Rs obviously aren't going anywhere, and the SGs are a complete amateur hour.

Posted by: 20009matt | August 12, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Amen to VAtrailerTrash.

The Democrats are masters of selling out their supporters once they're in power.

Guantanamo? Still open.

Gay marriage? Still opposed by Obama.

Public option? Nope.

Carbon tax? Never going to happen.

Afghanistan? 30,000 more troops.

And all this while Obama has control of both houses of Congress.

Hope and change, baby!

See you in November...

Posted by: Hk45 | August 12, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

The anti-Democratic comments expressed here with regard to the gay community aren't aligned with reality: The GOP remains strongly tucked inside the back pocket of the Christian conversatives. By their will there would be no gays serving in the military, no gay marriages at all, and no equal rights.

In short, any gay vote for the GOP is a vote for self-hatred and oppression.

Perhaps the Democrats haven't serve up everything I would like. This is one vote the GOP will NEVER get. Period.

Posted by: williamhuxtan | August 12, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

The anti-Democratic comments expressed here with regard to the gay community aren't aligned with reality: The GOP remains strongly tucked inside the back pocket of the Christian conversatives. By their will there would be no gays serving in the military, no gay marriages at all, and no equal rights.

In short, any gay vote for the GOP is a vote for self-hatred and oppression.

Perhaps the Democrats haven't serve up everything I would like. This is one vote the GOP will NEVER get. Period.

Posted by: williamhuxtan


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Wake up. Blacks are socially conservative. Look at the opposition that black churches vocalize against gay marriage.

70% of black who went to the polls on CA's Prop 8 voted in favor of banning gay marriage.

But then again, the Democratic party has never actually cared about the opinion of black voters, so long as they do as they're told.

Posted by: Hk45 | August 12, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Hk45, blacks aren't stupid. The Rs use social issues to get votes, but then they never actually do anything to advance that agenda. There was more porn and prostitution after the Rs took over the White House and Congress, more abortions, a steady advance of gay rights. The Rs here in Washington don't actually care about the social issues. They just flog them to pick up the votes of stupid people.

What the Rs really care about are tax cuts for the wealthy and making it easier for corporations to rape and plunder. That's the agenda they get into on Day 1 and don't stop until they're voted out. There's nothing in that real R agenda that could possibly appeal to black people (or non-rich gay people).

Posted by: 20009matt | August 12, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

A whole lot of discussion here about what all gay people think, all black people think, and all Republicans think. Yet virtually nothing about what Marc Morgan thinks.

Why is Morgan running against Jim Graham? A black, gay, Republican male v. white, gay, Democrat male -- so what? How about the issues.

Posted by: washingtonpost23 | August 14, 2010 6:04 AM | Report abuse

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