Prizm News / June 7, 2018 / By Bob Vitale

 

Richard Madaleno is running for governor by touting all the ways ‘I piss off Donald Trump.’

 

By Prizm News

First they stayed in the closet. Then they got elected came out afterward.

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Next, LGBTQ politicians ran as openly gay, lesbian, bi and trans.

And now, behold what the Victory Fund believes is the first candidate-on-same-sex-spouse smooch in an American political ad:

Richard Madaleno is a Maryland state senator who’s seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in his state’s June 26 primary. He began airing an ad this morning—on “Fox and Friends” even—that touts his progressive bona fides on women’s health and gun control and education.

After each line, a supporter says, “Take that, Trump!” Or “Take that, NRA!” or “Take that, Betsy DeVos!”

“And what’s the No. 1 way I piss off Donald Trump and the Republicans?,” Madaleno says at the end of the ad as he sits outside with his husband and their two children.

He and his husband kiss, and Madaleno says, “Take that, Trump!”

“Not long ago, out LGBTQ people were unable to run for statewide offices such as governor, but voters now recognize there is an authenticity to LGBTQ leaders rarely found in today’s politicians,” said Victory Fund President Annise Parker, who used to be the mayor of Houston.

The Victory Fund has endorsed Madaleno.

Madaleno said: “At a time when political attacks by Trump and other Republicans are fueling so much hatred and division, we need to stand up for the people we love and to continue to confront harassment and discrimination against women, African-Americans, immigrants, LGBT couples and so many more.”

Although Maryland has a Republican governor, Hillary Clinton won the heavily Democratic state with more than 60 percent of the vote in 2016 and 60 percent of voters disapprove of President Donald Trump’s job performance.

A recent Washington Post-University of Maryland poll showed Madaleno running third in the Democratic race.

 

 

Bob Vitale
Bob Vitale is the editor of Prizm. A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, he has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield. Contact: BobVitale@prizmnews.com