Today, Steve Pearce let his moderate Republican mask slip a bit, revealing his extreme views and record, when he announced a major donation from an anti-LGBTQ+ PAC and took glamour shots with anti-LGBTQ+ politician Rick Perry, after trying to hide his contributions from the Koch Brothers.
In a finance filing yesterday, Pearce reported a contribution from SCOTT PAC, a New Jersey group affiliated with ex-rep Scott Garrett, who lost a re-election bid after he said “he would withhold his [NRCC] dues unless the party stopped
supporting gay candidates.”
Garrett might be the only public figure who likes electing LGBT people less than Rick Perry, who said he was “deeply troubled” by the election of a gay student body president at Texas A&M.
“The saying that you can judge a man by the company he keeps rings true when it comes to Steve Pearce,” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “These ties reaffirm what we already knew: Steve Pearce would be a disaster for thousands upon thousands of LGBTQ+ New Mexicans and we’re offended by his attempts to look like a moderate Republican.”
Pearce and Perry can almost complete one another’s sentences when it comes to LGBTQ+ issues.
- Perry suggested that Texans who supported same sex marriage should “move to California,” a place where Pearce says they’ll “marry everybody with AIDS.”
- Perry has compared being gay to alcoholism, and Steve Pearce took to the house floor to compare judicial support for same sex marriage to the Dred Scott decision upholding slavery.
Pearce and Scott Garrett worked together for years to undermine same sex marriage and civil rights protections.
- Both cosponsored constitutional amendments to ban same sex marriage in 2003, 2004, and 2006.
- Both cosponsored the so-called “First Amendment Defense Act” which would protect businesses if they want to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people.
And, in a strange attempt to hide cash from the Koch Brothers, Pearce reported a $5,500 contribution from “Kock Industries”: