Los Angeles mayoral candidate Kevin James, a gay Republican, recently got a boost to his campaign when Republican political consultant Fred Davis created a "super PAC" to help James win. Davis plans to raise $3.5 million through a pro-James independent committee called Better Way L.A.
Davis and other Republicans in Los Angeles, which includes L.A. County D.A. Steve Cooley, have embraced James' candidacy, but will gay and lesbian voters? A recent study by UCLA's Williams Institute, a prominent gay think tank, showed that gays heavily lean Democratic.
So far, an odd political reversal may be playing out, in which Republicans, who do not have a reputation as being gay-friendly, support a gay candidate but LGBT voters distance themselves from him... even though James could be the first openly gay mayor of the nation's second largest city.More »