Gay Man Runs For Congress In Colorado
Congress' single gay man, Rep. Barney Frank Barnett "Barney" Frank (born March 31, 1940) is an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives. He is a Democrat and has represented Massachusetts's At-large congressional district since 1981. , and lesbian, Rep. Tammy Baldwin Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin (born February 11, 1962), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1999, representing Wisconsin's At-large congressional district (map). , juggernaut would be broken if Jared Polis Jared Schutz Polis is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and politician from the state of Colorado. A former chairman of the Colorado State Board of Education, he is a candidate for the United States House of Representatives in Colorado's 2nd congressional district; the seat being wins today's Colorado Democratic primary. If elected, he would make history as the first elected openly gay representative, joining Frank and Baldwin in the House.
Colorado's 2nd district, which includes Boulder, is certain to vote Democratic in the general election.
“The chances of a Republican winning in this district are zero,” Bob Loevy, a professor of political science at Colorado College, told Time.
While Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank is open about his sexuality, he remained closeted clos·et·ed
Being In a state of secrecy or cautious privacy. for the first five years of service in the House. Polis would make history as the first openly gay man elected to the House.
Odds makers at ColoradoPol.com give the Victory Fund endorsed candidate a 1 in 5 chance of winning tomorrow.
Sexual orientation sexual orientation
The direction of one's sexual interest toward members of the same, opposite, or both sexes, especially a direction seen to be dictated by physiologic rather than sociologic forces. has not been an issue in the race. “There aren't many anti-gay votes to be found in this election,” Loevy said.
“Sexual orientation shouldn't be a barrier to participate in the public sphere The public sphere is a concept in continental philosophy and critical theory that contrasts with the private sphere, and is the part of life in which one is interacting with others and with society at large. ,” said Polis. “It's a difficult issue for my opponents to try to use against me overtly without a backlash, but there have been some jabs, insinuations and whisper campaigns.”
Polis, who has served for six years on the Colorado State Board of Education, is no stranger to politics, but he's better known for his philanthropic giving. He founded schools both for the homeless and for immigrants with the millions he accumulated from Internet companies ProFlowers.com and BlueMountainArts.com.
He faces tough opposition today from opponents Joan Fitz-Gerald Joan Fitz-Gerald is a Democratic member of the Colorado Senate, representing the 16th District since 2001. She currently serves as President, the first woman to hold that office.
Fitz-Gerald is a former chair of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. and Will Shafroth. All three appear to be closely tied, with Fitz-Gerald having a slight edge over Polis.
On the net: Jared Polis campaign at www.polisforcongress.com