Peter LaBarbera Running For GOP Seat

Jim Burroway

March 3rd, 2010

LaBarbara's no ReaganPeter “Porno Pete” LaBarbera has announced via his “Republicans for Family Values” web site that he is running for the Republican State Central Committeeman for the 13 Congressional District of Illinois. And get this, he styles himself as a “fiscal and social conservative in the model of Illinois’ own Ronald Reagan.”

You know, the very same Ronald Reagan who opposed California’s Brigg’s Amendment. That’s the proposed amendment to California’s constitution that would have banned gay people from teaching in public schools. According to the Wikipedia entry, “Reagan issued an informal letter of opposition to the initiative, answered reporters’ questions about the initiative by saying he was against, and, a week before the election, wrote an editorial in the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner opposing it.

Whatever gripes many may have against Ronald Reagan — and there are many to be had — one thing is clear: Labarbara’s no Ronald Reagan.

Lynn David

March 3rd, 2010

No, not Reagan, unless Reagan in 2001. And every time I see that particular pic of LaBarbera I get the impression he is Mr PotatoHead.

David C.

March 3rd, 2010

Note that this is not an elected state or national government office, but a political position within the Illinois state GOP committee. The position will be decided internally by the state GOP leadership.

Donnchadh

March 4th, 2010

Reagan was much more left-wing when governor of California than when president. One article in the Economist summed it up: the right’s recollection of him is whitewash, the left’s is hogwash.

Ephilei

March 4th, 2010

Does that mean LaBarbera wants to raise taxes like Reagan did? Oops, I’m confusing the actual, historical Ronald Reagan with the Reagan Republicans fabricated in hindsight.

Jaft

March 6th, 2010

WHAT? Today is not my day. First the Illinois Family Institute still gripping about my old high school, how “dangerously” progressive and pro-gay it is, and how the tax-payers of Illinois should shut down the high school’s just blooming GSA – and now Porno Pete running for representative?

I wish Illinois was as blue as I grew up thinking it was…

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