The head of the gay Republican group GOProud had a question for the socially-conservative National Organization for Marriage Friday: "Who's the pansy?"
As luck (or a conference organizer with a sense of humor) would have it, GOProud's booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference is located two booths down from the National Organization for Marriage -- opposite-sex marriage, that is. When CNN started shooting a story on the gay Republican group's experience at CPAC on Thursday, the NOM delegation sent someone over to shake hands, suggest a beer summit, and smile for the cameras.
After the CNN segment ran Friday, however, NOM, under pressure, felt compelled to blast out a statement that fell well short of an invitation to guzzle some suds. "We welcome everyone's right to participate in the democratic process, but we have a message for GOProud on marriage: If you try to elect pro-gay-marriage Republicans, we will Dede Scozzafava them. The majority of Americans, and the vast majority of Republicans, support marriage as the union of husband and wife, and NOM is here to make sure these voters and their voices are heard loud and clear," the statement reads.
Say it to our faces, GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia said. We're standing right next to you.
"When the cameras are rolling, they can fake a smile. But when they have a message for us, they're not even man enough to walk 20 feet. They have to issue a press release," LaSalvia told HuffPost. "So I've been saying, who's the pansy at CPAC?"