By Chris Ingram
The Tampa Tribune
Published Wednesday, August 30, 2012
With the second night of the RNC now behind us, the party awaits Mitt Romney’s acceptance of his nomination tonight. So far, the GOP’s efforts to stay on script have been flawlessly executed.
But on the floor, at the protest zone and beyond, problems swirl for the Republican brand.
On Tuesday night in Ybor City, the Republican group GOProud — a national organization of gay and straight Americans seeking to promote freedom by supporting free markets, limited government and a respect for individual rights — held a well-attended party at a nightclub.
Conservative anti-tax leader Grover Norquist was among the political celebrities in attendance.
The GOProud event was not endorsed by the RNC, and there were not any official Romney representatives present at the event — held on the same day the Republican Party platform called for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman.
The party’s problems with gays, combined with its call for a constitutional ban on abortion, could make the GOP’s attempts to be inclusive and its outreach to women fall flat.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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