WASHINGTON - GOProud- a national organization of gay and straight Americans seeking to promote freedom by supporting free markets, limited government and respect for individual rights- endorsed four Republicans in November: Governors Brian Sandoval (NV) and Susana Martinez (NM), and gubernatorial candidates, Charlie Baker (MA) and Bruce Rauner (IL).
"These candidates for Governor represent a modern conservative approach to the tough issues Americans face today, and we know they will continue to make us proud throughout their careers in public service,” said Matthew Bechstein, Executive Director of GOProud.
The founder of GOProud - Christopher Barron - stirred controversy among Republican ranks in the 2004 election, when as leader of the Log Cabin Republicans, he raised $1M to run ads criticizing GOP incumbent President George W. Bush. Barron and the Log Cabin Republicans opposed a plank in the GOP platform supporting President Bush's call for a constitutional amendment that would bar same-sex unions.
Frustrated with Log Cabin Republicans, Barron started GOProud to build a coalition to "end closet conservatism." As part of the group's "Big, Gay Agenda for a Smaller, Simpler Government," they support tax reform, limited government, freedom-focused foreign policy and education choice.