Gay-bashing in governor’s race? Probably not

Over at Georgia Voice, Ryan Lee taps Matt Towery of InsiderAdvantage on whether we’re likely to see more gay-bashing in the governor’s race.

The answer? Probably not:

Even some Republicans believe that GOP candidates overestimate the effectiveness of going anti-gay.

“I think you have a lot of young, naïve campaign strategists who oftentimes pull that out of their pocket because they think that’s a big issue to the public,” Towery said.

“But most people who live in suburban Atlanta, which makes up a lot of the [Georgia] population and a lot of Republicans, they are dealing with the gay community every day, whether it be where they shop, or where they eat or who they deal with in business, and contrary to what the national perception is, most Georgians, when we poll that issue, most people just don’t care.

“It’s a live and let live state,” Towery added. “Now, do they favor gay marriage? No, but then most states don’t. It’s not a hot button. People worry about eating, people worry about jobs, people worry about how they’re going to get the kids through college, and they’re not particularly interested in who wants to go out with whom or what they want to do.”

7 comments Add your comment

common sense

August 27th, 2010
4:15 pm

Well someone should tell Nathan Deal that because he based his whole campaign on it.

LJ Burton

August 27th, 2010
4:19 pm

Nathan Deal based his whole campaign on gay bashing because he isn’t bright enough to come up with a real issue on his own.

common sense

August 27th, 2010
4:33 pm

Great minds think alike LJB


August 27th, 2010
4:40 pm

Um, Towery is clearly delusional…GA is FAR FROM a “live and let live state”


August 28th, 2010
1:55 pm

Why is this bashing stuff even an issue, here?
I mean, I have more pressing things, on my mind (like whether my paycheck will last til the next one) than to worry about the un-happiness of a crowd, who want us to believe they’re happy, with their lifestyle.


August 28th, 2010
7:19 pm

I think its an issue that that when brought up by conservative canidates doesn’t do any them any favors. It really only looses them potential voters. People who view this as a voting decision issue are going to vote for the Republican canidate reguardless. So the impact is to really turn away people who are more moderate. When canidates bring this up it says to me that they don’t have anything subsancial to offer in the form of actually governing. It is really just a distraction.

Billy in Savannah

August 31st, 2010
7:54 am

I am sure we will here more about gays, abortion and other divisive social issued from Republican candidates as the election gets closer. (Not to mention little subtleties about race). The GOP is notorious for bringing up anything that may bring them votes from the so-called Christian right. (WWJD) What would Jesus Do? The Christian right should realize Jesus Christ wold probably be considered a leftist in his society.