FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 6, 2013
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)
"The GOP elite wants candidates to be silent about their views on marriage and other social issues, but election results show that is exactly the wrong thing to do." — Brian Brown, NOM president —
Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today congratulated Governor Chris Christie on his reelection and harshly criticized the Republican Party's national leadership for failing to adequately support Ken Cuccinelli, which they said is the primary reason for his narrow loss.
"NOM congratulates Chris Christie on his solid reelection win yesterday," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "While we have disagreed with some of his decisions in office, Christie has been a strong supporter of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Ken Cuccinelli also is an outspoken supporter of traditional marriage, but his race was woefully shortchanged by the national Republican leadership, and that’s the main reason he narrowly lost."
Cuccinelli nearly pulled an upset in the Virginia governor's race against Democrat Terry McAuliffe despite being outspent by at least $14 million.
"Too many leaders of the Republican Party have drunk the Kool-Aid of the consulting class that they should abandon conservatives like Ken Cuccinelli because they have taken principled stances on social issues such as preserving marriage and protecting life," said Brown. "How many elections do they need to lose before they realize they are implementing a disastrous election strategy and ruining their chances of success?"
Brown noted that when the marriage issue has been on the ballot, it has outpolled the Republican ticket by a significant margin. Support for traditional marriage polled an average of seven points higher than Mitt Romney did in the four states it was on the ballot in 2012.
"The GOP elite wants candidates to be silent about their views on marriage and other social issues, but election results show that is exactly the wrong thing to do," Brown said. "Election after election has shown that voters across America, including in deep blue states, support traditional marriage by a significantly higher margin than they support the GOP. For the second election in a row, Republican leaders and consultants have pursued a flawed strategy of urging silence on social issues that has cost their candidates. If they don’t wake up, they could face disaster next year."
To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Matille Thebolt (x143), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.
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