After defeat, gay GOP senator says he...

After defeat, gay GOP senator says he'll leave a party that 'went o...

There are 89 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Aug 11, 2010, titled After defeat, gay GOP senator says he'll leave a party that 'went o.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

After losing Tuesday's GOP primary, state Sen. Paul Koering has endorsed a successor: DFL candidate Taylor Stevenson.

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Dave

Plymouth, MN

#34 Aug 11, 2010
yet another RINO proves himself to be a FRAUD. Bye, we don't need you.
tmack

Buffalo, MN

#35 Aug 11, 2010
I heard the gay porn actor was afraid he would be "discovered" with Pauly K. at the restaurant. Looks like they both lost on that one... LOL.
Gramps

Saint Paul, MN

#36 Aug 11, 2010
What a queer attitude to take.
Archie

Minneapolis, MN

#38 Aug 11, 2010
Maybe I am wrong, But this man was a fair and decent Senator, He used common sense on gay issues and stood up for people singled out for punitive taxation, smoking bans, seat belts as a primary offense.
He never "went off " on gay issues and I thought he was independent on a lot of his votes by not following the leader. What did on his private time was no reason to kick him out because of "gossip"

Mr Koering was a very good state senator IMHO
Pete

Bettendorf, IA

#39 Aug 11, 2010
Another gay RINO out on his butt...

“ ILKS r kewl ”

Since: Apr 09

Conch republic

#40 Aug 11, 2010
P T Bull wrote:
<quoted text>
You indicate an aptitude for pleasuring donkeys--political discussion, not so much. ;)
And you indicate pure pt BULLshit.

Too bad you cant own up to your own mistakes and misreading or lack of research before opening trap.
P T Bull

Hopkins, MN

#41 Aug 11, 2010
I guess the whole victim thing here is supposed to be that dude is entitled to a lifetime GOP endorsement unless bigoted gay-bashers take that away.

Libs aren't so good about seeing the obvious, so I will state the obvious: This openly gay man was given the GOP endorsement in the past, and his liberal voting record ran afoul of changing pulblic taste for RINOS.

Personally, I would vote for any black, illegal alien, married gay who is a libertarian.

“ ILKS r kewl ”

Since: Apr 09

Conch republic

#42 Aug 11, 2010
P T Bull wrote:
Personally, I would vote for any black, illegal alien, married gay who is a libertarian.
No you wouldnt.. your own post just showed that.. ya had to single em out and play the 'card' didnt ya?

LMAO
Citizen

Minneapolis, MN

#43 Aug 11, 2010
The ideological purification continues. The GOP isn't interested in anyone like Koering who deviates from their rigid Tea Party ideology. One more moderate republican who was destroyed by an extremist party out of control.
Mike

Winona, MN

#46 Aug 11, 2010
Having a public dinner with a gay porn actor is probably what did this man in. If your a Republican and can't cavort with an exotic dancer in the tidal basin in D.C., you also are inviting problems if you expose your poor judgment in dinner partners for your voters to see. I am sure that he would have been pilloried if he had been straight and was seen at dinner with a female porn star. Anyone who is interested in entering politics must always remember the cardinal rule. Before you put on the hot pants and glitter so you can whore yourself to lobbyists full time, you must first convince your electorate that you are as pure as Caesars wife.
Mike

Saint Cloud, MN

#47 Aug 11, 2010
There were quite a few people who may not have agreed with Koering's lifestyle, but he listened to constituents and attended many meetings. Nobody is going to please you all the time. The best you can hope for is a call or an e-mail if you have a concern and somebody that gives you access. It's too bad that both parties have been taken over by the fringes.
P T Bull

Hopkins, MN

#48 Aug 11, 2010
Troth for Leogere wrote:
<quoted text>No you wouldnt.. your own post just showed that.. ya had to single em out and play the 'card' didnt ya?
LMAO

How does a straight person play the gay card? Whites don't play the race card.

Say hi to eyore.
Mike

Saint Paul, MN

#50 Aug 11, 2010
Gays, abortion rights advocates, cap and trade nuts and the people that want to only enforce the laws they like have gone off the cliff. AMERICA TAKE BACK YOUR COUNTRY!!
P T Bull

Hopkins, MN

#51 Aug 11, 2010
Citizen wrote:
The ideological purification continues. The GOP isn't interested in anyone like Koering who deviates from their rigid Tea Party ideology. One more moderate republican who was destroyed by an extremist party out of control.

I think your getting a bit carried away, but I hope you are correct and the tea party is controlling the republicans. However, the nomination of emmer demonstrates that is absolutely not the case in minnesota.

Now I realize the thought leaders have told the sheeple that the tea party is the root of all evil now that the republicans are neutered lap dogs of the left, but in general terms, the old style republican is socially conservative and fiscally liberal.

Concerns over deficit spending has lead to the formation of a third party as bush made it clear that republicans can't be trusted with the national economy any more than the democrats.

So, tea party is fiscally conservative, and socially I get the impression they are all over the board. So, to the extent that the tea party influences the republican party, it will be less socially conservative and more fiscally conservative--which of course is the exact opposite of the sour grapes of the candidate who lost the primary.

I mean just the fact that the liberal newspaper featured him advancing his evil republican theory proves that he is a liberal. They sure aren't seeking out truly conservative gays to publicize.
P T Bull

Hopkins, MN

#52 Aug 11, 2010
Mike wrote:
There were quite a few people who may not have agreed with Koering's lifestyle, but he listened to constituents and attended many meetings. Nobody is going to please you all the time. The best you can hope for is a call or an e-mail if you have a concern and somebody that gives you access. It's too bad that both parties have been taken over by the fringes.


I could care less where he gets his lovin, I was objecting to his inability to attribute his electoral loss to anything but his lifestyle. Its a cop-out, a refusal to respect other people and a refusal to take responsibility.
Mike

Saint Paul, MN

#53 Aug 11, 2010
HOPE YOU LIBERALS BURN IN HELL.
Joe

Mankato, MN

#54 Aug 11, 2010
"Voice of reason" is code for a Democrat diluting conservative ideals. Good riddence, and welcome to democracy.
HairbandskilledN SP

Minneapolis, MN

#55 Aug 11, 2010
Gay, straight. Liberal, conservative. Democrat, Republican, RINO, Tea Partier. Who gives a sh*t? What difference do any of them make? Reading the comments on this non-story would be laughable if they were not so pathetic. It is no wonder that you people, the electorate, have long ago lost all control over the direction of this country. The powers-that-be have only to throw you a red herring for you all to chew on and fight over while they collectively drive this country into the ground and secure a tidy little profit for themselves. Whores.
Shannon

Saint Paul, MN

#56 Aug 11, 2010
I hate the term "RINO". It's amazing that people can't fathom the idea that others might be fiscally conservative and socially liberal. "Republican" is not interchangeable with "conservative".

"Democrat" is not interchangeable with "liberal" either. A person can also be socially conservative and fiscally liberal (Minnesota happens to be the most charitable state, FYI).

Anyway, "RINO" is just the way conservative republicans ensure that nobody deviates from their interests, or the narrow-minded two party system we have in this country.

Frankly social issues are just a tactic politicians use to divert attention from their financial positions. We're squabbling over the individual It's not like there are more important things to be concerned with, like, I don't know... poverty? Babies dying in the streets? Our impending global water shortage?

Instead we're hyper-focused on far more obscure and less important issues like a senator's freaking sexual orientation. THAT is what is making people vote a certain way. It's no wonder our government gets anything done, if this is the number one issue in a voter's mind.
FL Guy

Cambridge, MN

#57 Aug 11, 2010
Senator Koering, with all due respect ... you're the one that went off the cliff when you went on a date with a gay porn star. That is not what Republicans consider family values and goes against so much in our party platform.

Don't fool yourself into creating this idea we went off the cliff, as you're the one that did. Face it, you're pissed off you lost the endorsement you asked for. We didn't ask you to seek it.

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