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  • Breaking: GOP Senator Forces First Openly Gay Army Secretary Nominee To Temporarily Step Aside

    Republican U.S. Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas has placed a hold on the nomination of Eric Fanning.

    Eric Fanning made national headlines last September when Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee fibbed about his qualifications to become the next Secretary of the Army. Fanning, who is gay, is immensely qualified and was nominated because of his qualifications to serve as the next head of the Army.

    At the time, Huckabee waged a small war against Fanning.

    RELATED: Mike Huckabee's Supporters Want Obama 'Tried For Treason' For Nominating Gay Man To Lead US Army

    "It's clear President Obama is more interested in appeasing America's homosexuals than honoring America's heroes," Huckabee, said in a statement last fall, ignoring the fact that countless LGBT service members at every level are also America's heroes. 

    "Veterans suicide is out-of-control and military readiness is dangerously low, yet Obama is so obsessed with pandering to liberal interest groups he's nominated an openly gay civilian to run the Army. Homosexuality is not a job qualification," said Huckabee, who last year also had said he would have said he was transgender in high school if it meant he could have showered in the girls' locker room.

    "The U.S. military is designed to keep Americans safe and complete combat missions, not conduct social experiments," the ordained Southern Baptist minister accused.

    Now, it looks like Huckabee may get his wish.

    RELATED: 'Homosexuals' Over 'Heroes': Huckabee Takes Aim At Obama's Gay Nominee To Head US Army

    Acting Army Secretary Eric Fanning is stepping down, temporarily for now, because the Senate has yet to vote on his nomination, which they have had for well over three months.

    "Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., placed a hold on Fanning's nomination in protest over Obama's campaign to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility and transfer detainees to the United States," the AP reports, adding that since Army Undersecretary, Patrick Murphy was confirmed last week, there's now someone else to take charge.

    Roberts (photo, top left,) was endorsed by a cavalcade of anti-gay Republicans of note for his 2014 re-election campaign, including Huckabee, Tim Huelskamp, and Rick Santorum. That's Ted Cruz in the photo above, campaigning for Roberts.

    Roberts, a "Hard-Core Conservative," has a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign. He has voted for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage as well as other obstacles to marriage for same-sex couples, voted against adding sexual orientation to the hate crimes law, voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. 

    Back in November, Sen. Roberts placed the hold on Fanning's nomination.

    UPDATE: First Openly Gay Nominee For Army Secretary Steps Down As Acting Secretary After John McCain Tantrum

    But in October Roberts aired a campaign video which The New York Times called, "Campaign Tactic: Guantánamo Fear-Mongering."

    No detainees from Guantánamo are headed for the prisons of Leavenworth, Kan., anytime soon, if ever. But you wouldn’t know that from the campaign of Senator Pat Roberts, a Republican in a very tight race, who has made a terrorist-free state one of his most fervent campaign promises.

    “Pat Roberts promises to keep terrorists out of Kansas,” says a newscaster in a clip included in one of his recent television ads. “Senator Roberts issuing a very blunt threat to the White House about inmates at Guantánamo Bay,” says another journalist. And finally the ad turns to Mr. Roberts himself, declaiming, in a voice loud enough to echo across the plains, “Not. On. My. Watch!”

    Here's his ad:

    Roberts may not have placed a hold on Fanning's nomination because he's gay – or maybe he did – but regardless, no doubt, given his record, that was at least an added bonus.

    As for Fanning, given the current state of affairs in the GOP, don't expect Roberts to withdraw his hold on the nomination any time soon. Fanning, in fact, may never become Secretary of the Army, which would be a loss for many reasons, but especially for the U.S. Army.

     

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    • commented 2016-01-12 14:17:49 -0500
      They hate us at team GOP and never pass up an opportunity to rub it in.

    • commented 2016-01-11 21:50:43 -0500
      Honoring America’s heroes? Like all the gay and lesbian soldiers who have served, voluntarily and with honor? Or just the heroes who “have sex the right way”? Talk about dishonoring people. It’s douchebag city in the GOPee.

    • commented 2016-01-11 19:24:28 -0500
      (Charles) Pat(rick) Roberts is a man of contradictions and not at all qualified to serve in the US Senate. He has declared his home to be in Kansas, but uses a DC address as his official home address. He lies about the qualificiations of a person to be in the military service, yet the selected Secretary has qualifications that exceed the text book requirements, His military record (serving four years in the Marines) was neither stellar nor memorable, but he inflates it to get elected. He is a charlatan: He was chairman of the Senate committee on pre-war Irag intelligence, but after the 2004 election, he stated “To go through that exercise, it seems to me, in a post-election environment — we didn’t see how we could do that and achieve any possible progress. I think everybody pretty well gets it.” He is extremely lazy and has his staff read his assignments and digest them for him. He knows little about the Army.

    • commented 2016-01-11 14:17:25 -0500
      The judiciary can decide the constitutionality of ‘holds’, yet, politics as usual remains in effect. If someone with balls sued this asshole and the senate, their heads might implode. Instead, a qualified person has stupidly stepped aside to kowtow to these conservative terrorists.

      Fuck them all.

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