BUH-BYE: Anti-LGBT GOP House Rep Hits The Exit

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Republican Rep. Ed Royce of Fullerton was among the House lawmakers considered vulnerable in the midterms, and winning his seat is key to the Democrats’ attempts to win back control of the U.S. House. Here’s the 13-term congressman’s statement:

“It’s truly an honor to represent the people of California’s 39th Congressional District. Every day, it’s my mission to fight for freedom, opportunity and a limited government. In recent years, we’ve made a real difference. From Sacramento to Washington, we’ve enacted critical reforms to combat the modern day slavery of human trafficking.

“We’ve achieved commonsense tax and regulatory reforms to help small businesses and middle class families realize their American dream. And with great persistence, we’ve helped shut down the global ivory trade to save the world’s most majestic animals and deny vital funding to terrorist groups and criminal networks.

“In this final year of my Foreign Affairs Committee chairmanship, I want to focus fully on the urgent threats facing our nation, including: the brutal, corrupt and dangerous regimes in Pyongyang and Tehran, Vladimir Putin’s continued efforts to weaponize information to fracture western democracies, and growing terrorist threats in Africa and Central Asia. With this in mind, and with the support of my wife Marie, I have decided not to seek reelection in November.

With a completely anti-LGBT voting record, Royce has a 0% rating from the HRC. His support for (Christian) school vouchers earned him a measly 8% rating from the NEA.

  • kcken

    Bye Felicia, take a few christian friends with you.

  • Unless the Dems fuck things up, between CA, NY, and NJ alone they might win enough seats to take the House back.

    Shit… Of course they’ll go fucking things up.

    • kcken

      Defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. WOULD we expect less??

    • Ander

      Yea, probably.

    • kcken

      The only thing that will probably save us, is that the republicans will probably stay home. Even most of them are sick of this shit.

      • Circ09

        I hope that is true in your area. I’m not finding that true at all in my part of Tejas.

        • Joseph Miceli

          As I recall…isn’t that Louie Gohmert territory…the place where researchers are busy studying the genetic effects of inbreeding? No…seriously, someone on here posted that about Gohmert’s district. I was unsurprised to say the least.

          • killreligion

            I’m convinced a big issue with how dumb Americans have become in the last 30 years is inbreeding and fetal alcohol syndrome. Trump is the result.

            As I travel around each area has its own look. As the lower middle class and the poor have congregated into pools inbreeding, even if not closely related like the jokes, intensifies. Look at all the reports about plenty of jobs but no skilled workers. This is an immobile class, refusing to move-they cluster and share bad genes.

            . Then go to any park or inner city liquor stores and you see those little bottles as litter. NPR reported on a study that poor women drink while not yet knowing they are pregnant. Causes poor decision making and anger management, something we see along with the rise of social clicking and it’s isolating effects

          • Circ09

            I can believe it about Gohmert’s district! But, no, I’m in North Texas. The cities are blue, but the wealthy suburbs sure ain’t.

      • jonfromcalifornia

        Not the Evangelicals. They believe Trump is the key (via Supreme Court justices) to overturning abortion and same-sex marriage. They will come out in droves again.

    • Mike C

      The best thing the Dems could do in 2018, in these districts, is run on restoring the SALT deduction. It’ll give the Dem candidate a chance to run on a reducing a tax increase (even the R didn’t vote for it). That tax bill is a big, big reason you’re seeing these “retirements” coming from blue-state Republicans. And they don’t have a lot of wiggle room if they get decimated in NY and CA on the tax increase – there are 22 GOP seats in those two states.

      • Ninja0980

        Here in NY, we have nine Republican reps and only two of them (Collins and Reed) are truly safe.
        Everyone else is likely to be toast.

        • scream4ever

          I’d say Reed could be vulnerable.

        • gothambear

          I think the odious Peter King might be safe too – wasn’t he smart (wily) enough to save his own ass by voting against the tax fraud scheme?

          • Ninja0980

            It won’t save him IMO.
            Voters here in NY have to take their anger out on someone and their Republican Congressman will be the best bet, no vote or not.

    • Ninja0980

      My district (NY24) will be key.
      If Katko goes down early, it will be a long night for Republicans.
      Thankfully, unlike other parts of NY, the Berniebrats aren’t strong enough here to muck things up.

      • Joe in PA

        PA06–Costello. He is on the skids, this tax “reform” vote was just too much to bear. I saw today where the ACLU-PA is seeking those folks that didn’t get in to a town hall (EventBrite-by invitation only) this past weekend (the pics of the actual event only showed about 50 people…the venue held 300. But, but, they didn’t have room.

      • tesseraction

        Please make this happen. I still wish for Dan Maffei, however unimpressive he was, now that I live in VA’s 5th district, which is where Charlottesville is held hostage by that total Trump stooge Tom Garrett.

        • Ninja0980

          Maffei has no one but himself to blame for his loss the second time around.
          He didn’t learn a darn thing from before and blew off parts of his district.
          Katko was no Buerkle and by the time Maffei realized that, it was too late.

      • tesseraction

        It’s all about Syracuse and its suburbs. Also the rich people in the Finger Lakes. The state property tax exemption repeal will bite, and they VOTED for this.

      • Boreal

        We have 7 challengers against Stefanik NY 21.

    • another_steve


      Why is no one saying the “Mueller” word these days?

      Mueller has the potential of returning the Senate to us as well.

    • TampaDink

      There are rumored to be more than 100,000 Puerto Ricans who have resettled in Florida since hurricane Maria devastated their island. I hope that every single one of them will register & vote for the party that didn’t ignore their plight.

      • William

        Every time you meet someone from Puerto Rico, be sure to ask if they re registered to vote.

      • clay

        And most of them are heading to higher ground, which also happens to be more swing and GOP districts, where their weight can change things.

      • Steverino

        Which also means they will vote against the party which did ignore their plight.

      • JWC

        yes fry that fat blond paper towel pitcher

      • HappyDance904

        My in-laws are PR, and they are REP!! WHY I ask? Because of them we have a chance! YEA RIGHT!!!

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          Can I ask if your in-laws are Pentecostals or another type of Evangelical?

          • HappyDance904


    • ranchdad

      Number of new democrats looking to challenge incumbent republicans.. by election year (I hope this is all true..) https://youtu.be/qNDJg67oKTg

      • if i weren’t so sick, i would be running right now. oh, yeah. i’d move to where my sister (the younger one) lives and just fuck them up. i know all about how they live, where they go, where they spend their copious free time… oh yeah. i really would. my dad was a politician and my mother was a mainstream media personality. i know how it works.

        young queers: now is your time. you have no idea the power you would have, about 20+ years from now, if you run and win right now. this is literally the best opportunity for a firm progressive to win starting from the ground up. pick a little district, with not too many people. move there. register yourself in all the ways that matter. it’s only what? early january? plenty of time for a local campaign to fundraise and organize. and you guys know more about the proper use of effective social media than i do. Go For It. i’ve got ten bucks to help your efforts.

        • Todd Allis

          I have little energy lately, but I would throw money at your campaign. Instead, I’ll throw some at other campaigns.

        • SelectFromWhere

          Yes, this is the key–go into RED districts. I get so sick of progressives whose district/state has taken a turn for the Red and the immediate response from everyone else is “Move away from there (and to somewhere solid Blue) now!!” Well, if all the progressives move to places that are already Blue, it just makes the Red areas redder! Chicagodyke has the right idea–move to the Red (or Purple) areas where your vote or candidacy actually makes a difference!
          I live in the suburbs of a Blue city (aren’t cities pretty much always Blue?) but have Republican reps at both state and national level, and I’m GLAD. I get to vote against them while all of my “I won’t live anywhere that isn’t sold Blue” friends just get to vote for a shoo-in in a gerrymandered Dem district, carved out to make all the ones around it Redder.

    • bkmn

      Legwork, time talking to constituents and paying attention to the people that make a difference (people of color, especially women) can and will make the difference.

      Dear DNC, ALWAYS run with the 50 state approach.

      • marshlc

        Help people get the ID they need.

    • ian

      Yup. The saying “Dems will grasp defeat from the jaws of victory.” is usually true. If there is a “Blue Wave” this November it will be in spite of the party not because of it. Although Pelosi et al. in the DNC will take credit where none will be deserved.

  • Sam_Handwich

    Bye, bitch!

    • Joe in PA

      in the future: kthxbai, bitch!

  • justme

    SHouldn’t his opening line read..
    It’s truly an honor to misrepresent the people of California’s 39th Congressional District.

    • Tread

      Nah, parts of Orange and San Bernadino counties fall within this district. I’m sure he was representing those poor oppressed white people in the majority.

      • m_lp_ql_m

        Ugh, OMFSM, I used to live there. He was.

    • Christine

      California has large swaths of conservatives. That’s where those Republican governors come from.

      • justme

        yes.. And now that the truth is known…

      • stevenj

        The last one, Arnold S had a mansion in Brentwood (LA County) – quite blue. Before Gray Davis (D) it was George Deukmejian who lived in Long Beach. I think Long Beach has gone blue also but when Deukmejian was in state government it was more than likely red. Reagan (governor) lived in LA – red then also.

      • justme

        and the rest of Ca saw just how “real” the GOPT governor was the last time..Arnold and the conservatives bankrupted the state..

      • SelectFromWhere

        Yup, this is the part of the state that once gave us the TRULY deranged Dannemeyer and Dornan (look them up if you’re too young to know who they are). Most raging anti-gay Congressmen EVER–and both from California!

  • HZ81

    Buh-bye, fuckface

  • Dana Chilton

    I’ve never met anyone in his district that likes him

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Bye Ed!

    I used to live in his district. Now I live in Dana Rohrabacher’s.

    We need to get rid of that fat load as well.

    • Tread

      I want to see that fucking traitor hanged. He helped sell weapons to the Taliban under Bush 2.

      • Uncle Mark

        And he’s totally owned by Putin

      • but, but, darnit. i thought you would be into beheading, or maybe shooting. i can shoot! and partner is really good at sharpening knives.

    • SelectFromWhere

      Someone I knew who worked in congress years ago told me Rohrabacher was a closet ‘Mo. Wish one of his Rentboys would come forward.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    We moved to this district about a year ago. One notable thing about the district is that they added a retirement community that looks like an appendage to what would normally be a district.

  • Tread

    Just in case there’s any haziness about what we’re up against in the elections later this year: https://twitter.com/DrMann4Congress/status/949383671789780992

    • matrem

      We always were

    • it’s Texass! what do you expect? no one sane or with enough money to leave lives there anymore.

      • William

        This is in Williamson County, a particularly awful right wing hellhole. My parents live there.

        • to both of you: i understand. i was lucky. i got out. i hope you and all yalls can very soon as well.

          • SelectFromWhere

            But yet you just insulted anybody who lives there by calling them poor/insane. Come on, people should not be judged by where they live. Would it be better if all the progressives moved away and left Texas 100% irretrievably Republican? The tide is shifting there and we should support that, not tell the Blue folks to get out while they can.

          • William

            We hope to get out of here one day….

      • Paula

        Not all of us have the ability or luxury of immediately pulling up roots and leaving.

    • JCF
  • JoeMyGod
  • another_steve

    Zeus has blessed us in that he has made our enemies truly disgusting looking.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Seriously, what is it with Repubs and bad facial skin conditions? I thought they could actually afford dermatologists.

      • another_steve

        Disbelief in science.

        In the ability of science to cure medical maladies.

      • Christine

        Bad food, lack of exercise, and rolling around in toxic waste.

        • Cattleya1

          And 2+ packs per day for many years.

  • JoeMyGod

    FYI: For those that have seen ads for white supremacist Gavin McInnes or Phil Robertson’s new show, we’ve blocked those campaigns but it takes a while for the blocks to propagate. Whatever that means. Anyway.

    • Thank goodness.

    • Ninja0980

      Good.. I was getting sick of seeing McInnes on here.

    • JoeMyGod

      When you blog about far-right extremists, the algorithms think you want to see their ads. We swat them down as quickly as we can, but often the ads are served regionally and I don’t always see them myself.

      • Reality.Bites

        And when you blog about Melania you get served ads for Russian girls who want to meet.

        • Prost Seattle

          Well that explains things. I thought for a moment I got drunk and thought I was fücking a belami boy and it was just Melania rifling through the couch looking for Donald’s Rolex

    • whollyfool

      I love seeing them wasting their money, the jackasses.

  • Ninja0980

    Translation, I have a cushy lobbying job lined up in exchange for fucking over the people in my state and my numbers look bad so I’ll retire instead of lose.

  • Joe in PA

    With this in mind, and with the support of my wife Marie, I have decided not to seek reelection in November.

    Wut? He lists all the horrors affecting the country and then says he won’t run. Either he is being brutally honest (he ain’t helping) or he doesn’t know how to write an exit statement.

  • justme

    If Dems take the congress..WHO will listen to the ex’s in their lobbying positions…

  • Blake J Butler

    Off with their heads this November, all of the republicans on the ballot, they all need to lose not win.



    • pj

      thats cookie

  • justme

    Think about it..

    For 8 years we have watched the GOPT sink itself in its lies and deceitful behavior..
    Now with no one to blame.. they have caused their current situation..

  • Lazycrockett
  • greenmanTN

    “It’s an honor…. so I’ve decided to run like a bunny!”

  • GanymedeRenard
  • 13 terms.

    this, folks, is the problem. no viable and fair system should have an asshole like this “winning” 13 terms in a row. hey, i’ll be balanced and say where i live, where poor dark people do, we also have our 13-termer. and what have they done for us in that time? i look around every day and see the answer. that would be nothingburgers.

    the system needs to have lots and lots of fresh faces at every level. it should have early, early retirement for every sort of profession. it should have well furnished facilities that people over 60 can go to, paradises of comfort and luxury, as a reward for service to society. or just being old.

    but what we don’t need right now is more (hate me for this but i’m one of you) old, white, establishment pols determining the future via laws that suit their immediate political and fundraising goals. their grandchildren, and ours, will suffer from the decisions these old people make “for” us today. i don’t know what the solution could be other than one, and very few older blog readers at the places i go want to hear about that. yet i still believe it’s coming to that, like Winter.

  • safari

    …and a judge just dismissed charges against the Bundy clan for prosecutor misconduct.

    • Tread

      Something is incredibly fucked about how that case was handled.

      • Christine

        The judge was bribed with snacks?

  • greenmanTN

    He looks like the love-child of Joe McCarthy and Evil Willow on BTVS.


  • jimbo65

    spitters are for quitters. Um, or is that the other way around?

  • bkmn

    And he will be a lobbyist in 3..2..1..

    • Christine

      That and/or he’ll be given some cushy, lucrative board positions that require him to attend a nice dinner once in a while.

  • Lazycrockett
    • safari

      Just don’t say her name three times.

      • Mikey

        It’s the Byebye Woman.. don’t even think her name, don’t picture her, block her completely from your mind.

      • paganguy


    • OdieDenCO

      has anybody checked the bushes around the white house? I hear donny’s press people hang out there.

    • Cattleya1

      She should only disappear into a sewer and never come out!

    • kareemachan

      I just thought she was lying on the floor of a room filled with opioids, making opioid angels.

  • Cuberly Deux

    “…and regulatory reforms to help small businesses…”

    Once just fucking ONCE I’d love to hear a specific regulation that they’ve overturned that now benefits small biz. PUH-LEEZE! Just ONCE!

    But then we’ve seen what the GOP regards as small biz. Quite out of scale with what they actually are.

    • William

      Any time a politician mentions family farms, he’s talking about the Archer Daniels Midland and ConAgra families.

      • Cuberly Deux


    • killreligion

      My broker in my quarterly update said that a lot of the market rise is not from tax cuts but refs being cut. He said it’s not environmental only, they have cut red tape, time and accountant consuming requirements, removed barriers to growing your business like licensing and strict often conflicting rules

      I’m not saying these are all good i.e. The environment or consumer protection just saying the people who track business activity say it’s real

      My sisters small to medium business has felt it according to mom her business manager

      I do think we have to be objective. If we attack everything one side does we just look shrill and partisan and lose credibility. Specific grievances abound so no need to.

      • Cuberly Deux

        “My sisters small to medium business has felt it according to mom her business manager”

        …and the regulation that was cut was??????

        • killreligion

          I would like to answer your question but I don’t have specifics. They operate an 18 wheeler for transporting horses between NY and FL with multiple drivers (horses cannot stop once they start a trip) and I’ve heard of many troubles with multi state regs and permits. Also bringing horses in from Europe is a challenge. Also many issues with short term help, salary, housing etc are all major challenges

          Sorry I just don’t know specifics but have heard comments it’s easier

          • Cuberly Deux

            “I would like to answer your question but I don’t have specifics.”

            So your concern trolling is for nothing then.

          • killreligion

            Wrong. I’ve given too examples where people knowledgeable have felt it. Sorry no specifics, truly. Not concern trolling just giving balance which is very lacking around here, while misplaced attitude / delusions of grandeur are not!

          • Cuberly Deux

            You didn’t answer my original question and your anecdotal assertions have no proof. Balance? Nope, your just concern trolling.

  • William

    Is there a video in a Kremlin vault of Rep. Royce being fisted?

  • Henry Auvil

    When asked why Royce decided to quit now, a spokesman said, “That’s just how he Rolls.”

  • anne marie in philly

    don’t let the door hit your fat white ass when you leave! now, CA, turn this seat BLUE!

  • He was in my top 5 or 10 of most vulnerable Republicans. Probably saw the writing on the wall and didn’t want the hassle of a campaign he was likely to lose. Clinton won this district by a 7 point margin IIRC. Likely pickup.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I just felt the need to edit his statement a bit, to better reflect the reality of the situation:

    “It’s truly an honor to represent the people of California’s 39th Congressional District. Every day, it’s my mission to fight for freedom for Billionaires, opportunity for lobbyists and a limited government regulation, because the rich need profits and who cares if it costs the lives of a few workers. In recent years, we’ve made a real difference by turning America into AmeriKKKa. From Sacramento to Washington, we’ve enacted critical reforms to combat the modern day slavery of human trafficking while creating our own version here at home, because we owe our corporate masters.

    “We’ve achieved commonsense tax and regulatory reforms to fuck over small businesses and rape/pillage middle class families thus crushing their American dream. And with great persistence and a few discreet gifts from our “donors”, we’ve helped shut down the global ivory trade to save the world’s most majestic animals all while turning a blind eye to rich white hunters who will continue to kill them and other endangered species for sport; the Trump boys thank you card was rather generous, I mean nice and deny vital funding to terrorist groups and criminal networks because the only groups that should be funded are those who fight for the straight white Christian man and his place as ruler among all others.

    “In this final year of my Foreign Affairs Committee chairmanship, I want to focus fully on the urgent threats facing our nation, including: the brutal, corrupt and dangerous regimes in Pyongyang and Tehran, Vladimir Putin’s continued efforts to weaponize information to fracture western democracies, and growing terrorist threats in Africa and Central Asia because that’s the job of Republicans, not dirty ass foreigners. With this in mind, and with the support of my wife Marie, I have decided not to seek reelection in November because let’s face it, given who’s in the White House and the fact that I’ve been figuratively sucking his micro peen, I’d have no chance of winning.

    That looks about right.

  • JT

    “I have decided to quit before they kick my stinking ass out.”

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    You know he touches himself while watching MMA….I mean who doesn’t but at least I admit to it.

  • JCF
    • Hue-Man

      What does THE well have to do with Feliica?

      • JCF

        Heh, I’ve seen that typo long ago too!

  • JWC

    fuck off Royce

  • stevenj

    Fullerton. Also produced another Republican homophobe – John Briggs who championed 1978’s Prop 6 – (from Wikipedia) – “The failed initiative would have banned gays and lesbians, and possibly anyone who supported gay rights, from working in California’s public schools. The Briggs Initiative was the first failure in a movement that started with the successful campaign headed by Anita Bryant and her organization Save Our Children in Dade County, Florida, to repeal a local gay rights ordinance.”


  • Hank

    Let us follow HIS Money!!!

  • BeaverTales

    26 years =13 terms. 1992-2018

    This fucker was my parent’s congresscritter, elected the year I moved out of Cali for grad school….the same year that I came out as queer. At the time it was “normal” for people to be homophobes. Fullerton isn’t all that homophobic these days as far as I can tell. He was probably reelected because he’s the incumbent, which is the same reason why Alaska will never be rid of Don Young.

    I’m pretty certain that Fullerton is a lot more LGBT friendly these days. Back in the day, closeted queer teens like me had to drive to WeHo 90 minutes or so to find our own kind. Now Fullerton has a queer resource center…it’s obviously not the gay mecca of So Cal, but it’s so much better than it used to be. Even the local church ladies seem to have chilled out since the early 90s..

    This dinosaur is part of a dying breed, thank goodness. Despite all the shit that went down in 2016-17, the world really is, slowly but surely, becoming a better place.

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      Never mind. It’s time for me to get off my laptop for the night.

  • BobSF_94117

    A GOPer against Russian influence? Sure, right, whatever you say…

  • kareemachan

    Run away, little moran.

  • Kevin Andrews

    Twenty six years of this rabid, howling, latent homosexual and his holy ghost directing murder and mayhem as AmeriKKKa is the largest terrorist nation on the face of the Earth. This bastard doesn’t deserve “retirement” but rather a firing squad in the capital basin broadcast nationally. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/378c83facfcb763e1449577d40360e8ce476b845fce74e0799e731c42b45d072.png

  • Y’know, this was screaming for a headline of: