Rick Perry’s homophobic ad generates dissension, not support

Rick Perry

Texas Governor Rick Perry wants to jump start his stalled campaign for the GOP presidential nomination and is turning to outright homophobia and religious extremism in a last-ditch effort to do so.

His latest television ad is a display of anti-gay sentiment and overt religious zealotry that Perry hoped would appeal to the core of the GOP.  Instead it’s creating a backlash even among the extreme right wing.

In the ad, Perry stands before the camera and says:

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know that there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. As president, I’ll end Obama’s war on religion, and I’ll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage. Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again.

“That’s garbage,” a longtime GOP political activist told Capitol Hill Blue. “That’s way over the top even for Perry.”

The ad is so extreme that it’s even caused a split within the Perry campaign.  Tony Fabrizo, Perry’s pollster and strategist, called the ad “nuts” in an email to Nelson Warfield, a Perry media producer who created the spot.

Warfield admits creating the controversial ad and claims the ad was tested through a poll and focus groups before it went on the air.

“That spot was mine from writing the question to test it to drafting the script to overseeing the production,” he said. “Tony was against it from the get-so.”

Perry communications director Ray Sullivan admits some internal tension over the ad but calls it a normal “tactics debate” within the volatile Perry campaign.

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4 Responses to "Rick Perry’s homophobic ad generates dissension, not support"

  1. Almandine  December 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    You’re done Rick… sayanara.

  2. woody188  December 11, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Weird how Ron Paul is the one getting called the religious zealot over here without evidence from an unnamed source but Rick Perry gets “overt religious zealotry” from this campaign commercial. Which part was overt?

    Don’t find that odd?

  3. Gregg  December 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    “Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason and the mind becomes a wreck.” —Thomas Jefferson
    .
    Thank you Mr. Jefferson.

  4. Figaro  December 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    My poor Texas! The state has started a tradition of appointing an imbecilic, pea-brained jackass to its highest office. We can only shudder at what will come after Perry.

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