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Rob Portman Gave Up His Chance To Be Vice President To Protect His Gay Son

by Jean Ann Esselink on November 6, 2013

in Coming Out,Families,Jean Ann Esselink,News

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Rob Portman and Son Will

rob portmanAccording to John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, authors of Double Down: Game Change 2012, Senator Rob Portman (left) asked Presidential candidate Mitt Romney to remove his name from consideration for vice president, because his son, Will, was not ready to come out on a national scale. From the book:

‘Father and son had been talking about going public together for a while, but they wanted to do it on their own timetable.”

Double Down reports that although Will, (below) had come out to his father a year earlier, and was out to his friends at Yale, he did not want to face the country-wide reaction that would surely follow such an announcement. For the sake of his son, Senator Portman asked the Romney campaign to release a statement saying Portman asked not to be considered for VP. But according to Double Down, the campaign refused. They said such a position might make Romney unpopular. (Apparently Will Portman’s feelings were inconsequential to the Romney people.)

will portmanSenator Portman threatened the Romney camp, telling them that if chosen for the vice presidential slot, he would immediately come out in support of same-sex marriage. Romney eventually chose Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate.

Ultimately, the senator made a public announcement about Will’s sexual orientation in March of this year, pledging his own support for marriage equality going forward.

Senator Portman was one of several Republican senators who crossed party lines to vote in favor of ENDA, the workplace non-discrimination bill that passed the Senate this week.

 

 

Photos from Will Portman’s and Rob Portman’s Facebook

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User2post November 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm

" Portman asked not to be considered for VP. But according to Double Down, the campaign refused. They said such a position might make Romney unpopular. (Apparently Will Portman’s feelings were inconsequential to the Romney people.)" More evidence Mitt Romney was a totally unfit and a narcissistic, craven, self-serving individual, not qualified to be President, he only cared what he looked like.

pugritz November 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I don't see why Sen. Portman wanted the Romney campaign to release a statement that he asked not to be considered. It just didn't need to be done. Furthermore, the only person that Romney had to announce that he was considering was the person he actually chose.

User2post November 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Are you really that inconsiderate? Is that you, Mitt?

Bronxboy47 November 10, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Let's hear it for enlightened self-interest.

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