Ultra Right Wing Bigot, GOP Rep. Neumann Who Promised To Eradicate Homosexuality If He Were God Will Challenge Openly-Gay Tammy Baldwin

From Think Progress: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/08/29/307076/gop-rep-who-promised-to-eradicate-homosexuality-if-he-were-god-to-challenge-openly-gay-tammy-baldwin-for-senate-seat/

By Igor Volsky
Aug 29, 2011

Former Wisconsin Rep. Mark Neumann (R) has announced that he will run for the state’s open senate seatin 2012 and will likely challenge former Governor Tommy Thompson for the party’s nomination. In declaring his candidacy during a radio appearance this morning, Neumann predicted that he will face openly-gay Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) in a general election — who is also expected to announce her candidacy in the coming weeks — and promised to bring her record “to the forefront.”

But as Denis Dison notes, Neumann will first have to answer for several homophobic remarks he made in the 1990s, when as a freshman congressman, he told the New York Times that “If I was elected God for a day, homosexuality wouldn’t be permitted, but nobody’s electing me God.” A year later, speaking before the Christian Coalition, he remarked, “If somebody walks in to me and says, ‘I’m a gay person, I want a job in your office,’ I would say that’s inappropriate, and they wouldn’t be hired because that would mean they are promoting their agenda. The gay and lesbian lifestyle (is) unacceptable, lest there be any question about that.”

Neumann clarified his statements in 2010 by explaining that he regrets saying that he would want to be God:

Eventually, though, he did apologize for a portion of his quote in The Times. “The part about me being God for a day is the problem with that,” said Neumann, who is Lutheran. “I’m not God, don’t intend to be and hope I never have that much power….I regret talking about the fact that I would be God,” Neumann responded. […]

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