Now that Republican senator Rob Portman's son has come out to him, he supports gay marriage. This makes him the first Republican senator to hold that position. That's great, right?
In a column in today's issue of Yale Daily News, Will Portman writes about his coming out process, the one that led to his father, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, to supporting same-sex marriage. The younger Portman's column is clear and concise, though it raises more questions about how his father sought to publicly portray this ideological shift.
If it takes personal association with a minority group for members of Congress to act on their behalf, perhaps an overview of the demographics of Congress can provide some insight into our political debate. Here's how it breaks down, by gender, ethnicity, net worth, and sexual orientation — in charts.
Portman says the reversal stems from his 21-year-old gay son coming out to him two years ago, as he now becomes the first Republican Senator on that side of the controversial issue as it heads for landmark arguements in the Supreme Court.
As Republican senators suddenly break out the effusive praise for Democratic Senator John Kerry as the right choice over Susan Rice for Secretary of State, well, there's a whole lot of flip-flopping on the not-so-fast track to Foggy Bottom.
Campaign aides had their final chance to attack their opponents and argue who was really ahead in what battleground state on the Sunday talk shows. Everyone fought over Pennsylvania, and the Democrats think they've got Virginia and Florida in the bag.
Campaign flacks pump up expectations ahead of Tuesday's debate while other are still talking about Libya fallout. Also, Stephen Colbert explains Rachel Maddow's heavy influence on his show.
Rob Portman, one of the most talked about candidates in the race to be Mitt's Vice President, appeared at a Mitt Romney fundraiser Wednesday night and said he doesn't think he's going to get the call.
We still don't know who Mitt Romney is going to choose to be his running mate yet, but the one thing we can be pretty sure of is his choice won't inspire the same kind of fundraising spike that Sarah Palin brought the McCain campaign. Bobby Jindal could be the exception, though.
Every time the Mitt Romney Veepstakes Finals gets quasi-officially narrowed down to the couple "boring white guys" the Romney campaign has been reportedly looking at for months, the campaign quickly moves to make the list looks more expansive.
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman not only had six meetings with Mitt Romney's top aides, he met with Beth Myers, the woman vetting Romney's vice president possibilities.
There's a persuasive case to be made that Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, widely touted as a potential vice presidential pick for Mitt Romney, isn't as boring as everyone says, but he's never going to shake the label and he probably shouldn't want to, either.
Presidential campaigns are no longer just about the "boring white guys" running for office -- they're also an American Idol-style tryout for the aspiring media stars of the candidate's families.
We humbly beg to differ with Newsweek's Paul Begala whose column in this week's issue begins, "You heard it here first: Mitt Romney is going to select Rob Portman, the junior senator from Ohio, to be his running mate." Maybe so, but we've heard it before.
Mitt Romney's campaign has made it pretty clear he won't have a running mate like Sarah Palin, one plucked from obscurity with only a couple years in office and little experience with foreign policy. Unfortunately, that describes pretty much all their non-Palin options.
The financial backers of the newly-appointed committee members
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