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Montrose, Meet Your New Congressman: Ted Poe, Homophobe

It looks like Texas just might finally have a redistricting map, after several tries.

If this one goes through, Montrose will be represented by...Ted Poe.

Now, it's not like the neighborhood has been represented by a GLBT-friendly rep prior to redistricting; John Culberson is a hardcore rightwinger whose constituents are mostly from the western parts of the city and county.

The difference with Poe, though, is Poe loves to hear himself talk, whether it's those C-SPAN speeches to an empty House or interviews on Fox.

So, Montrose, meet Ted Poe!

-- He voted against enforcing anti-gay violence as a hate crime.

-- Voted against a bill that would have made it illegal to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

-- Has a big fat zero percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign for his voting record on GLBT issues. Interestingly, this ties him for second among all Texas U.S. Reps not named Ron Paul; Pete Sessions has a commanding first-place score of three percent.

-- Voted against overturning Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

-- Supports every legislative effort to declare marriage to be between one man and one woman.

To be sure, Poe isn't the most notorious anti-gay politician out there -- he doesn't constantly throw out gay references as red meat to his base, like a Rick Santorum or Michele Bachmann.

But Montrose, if you had any hopes of having someone in Congress who might be a friend on gay issues, you've been disappointed again.


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