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‘A Terrible Mistake’: Embattled NYC Gay Developers Forced To Issue Apologies For Hosting Ted Cruz

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Two real estate developers who own a string of LGBT-focused NYC properties are now apologizing for hosting a fundraiser for the very anti-gay Sen. Ted Cruz.

Amid a growing backlash of boycotts, and verbal chastising, Ian Reisner (image, holding scissors, center left) and Mati Weiderpass (image, holding scissors, center right) were forced to switch gears and issue apologies for hosting a fundraising dinner for Senator Ted Cruz last Monday (top image). The two real estate developers own gay-focused properties such as The OUT NYC gay hotel and about three-quarters of the real estate in the Fire Island Pines.

They insist the event was not a “fundraiser,” although the anti-gay Tea Party Republican Senator was in town attending several fundraising events that evening, and reports state dinner with Cruz can cost up to a half-million dollars. Days later, Sen. Cruz filed two bills to halt same-sex marriage, including one that would make banning same-sex marriage constitutional. Cruz used the news of the event to falsely claim it made him a “big tent Republican.”

On Friday Reisner and Weiderpass issued a press release supporting and defending their Ted Cruz meeting. “No topic was left off the table during their meeting with Senator Cruz, including his opinions on gay marriage, protection for the state of Israel and national security,” they stated.

But it was soon clear that tactic was not working, and the pair took to Facebook.

“I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days,” Reisner posted to Facebook Sunday night. “I made a terrible mistake. I was ignorant, naive and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights.”

Reisner, who also hosted a fundraiser for conservative Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson earlier this month, claimed, “I’ve spent the past 24 hours reviewing videos of Cruz’ statements on gay marriage and I am shocked and angry. I sincerely apologize for hurting the gay community and so many of our friends, family, allies, customers and employees. I will try my best to make up for my poor judgement. Again, I am deeply sorry.”

Sen. Johnson, who voted against the repeal of DADT and more recently against re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act, until last year was actively opposed to same-sex marriage. He now says he would not oppose it if voters support it.

Mati Weiderpass, Reisner’s business partner and fellow co-founder of Parkview Developers, also issued an apology Sunday night.

“I share in Ian’s remorse. I, too, lay humbled with what has happened in the last week,” he wrote on Facebook. “I made a terrible mistake. Unfortunately, I cannot undo this. You taught me a painful but important lesson. The people that know me know the work that I have done over the last 20 years for the advancement of gay rights. Today, I came to realize that I might have nullified my past efforts and accomplishments in just one week. On the eve of this momentous legal occasion at the Supreme Court, I dedicate myself to work even harder to advance our cause that I share with the LGBT community; our community. Again, to all that I have hurt, please accept my sincerest apologies.”

Meanwhile, several events scheduled for Weiderpass and Reisner’s properties have been canceled in a growing boycott of men’s businesses. The decades-old Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS non-profit, which annually raises million of dollars, was the first to cancel an event. Second was the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. There is also a Boycott Fire Island Pines Establishments & Out NYC Hotel group on Facebook.

 

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First Capitol Riot Hearing ‘Is Going to Be a Disastrous Day for Kevin McCarthy’: Politico Reporter

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The first Capitol riot select committee hearing is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, and Politico reporter Rachel Bade predicted it would create major headaches for GOP leader Kevin McCarthy.

Specifically, Bade pointed to the fact McCarthy pulled all of his nominees out of the committee, which means that he will have no one to challenge the narrative that gets established.

“Tomorrow is going to be a disastrous day for McCarthy on both ends of the spectrum,” she said. “You are going to have men and women in uniform testifying about the violence they witnessed on January 6th. McCarthy is still sticking with Trump. That… is going to be tough for the party and tough for him. He decided to withdraw all his members from this committee, so he is not going to have anybody to push back on anything that is being said.”

Additionally, Bade said that the four far-right lawmakers who are planning to hold a press conference highlighting the alleged mistreatment of jailed Capitol rioters are also likely to create a public relations nightmare for McCarthy.

“These people were rioters. [They’re] calling them [political] prisoners now?” she said. “It’s going to be impossible for McCarthy.”

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4 Top Trump-Supporting House Republicans ‘Demanding Answers’ on ‘Treatment’ of January 6 ‘Prisoners’

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The U.S. Dept.  of Justice arrested and charged over 500 people who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, many in a coordinated effort to overturn a free and fair election. DOJ expects to charge about 100 others as well.

“The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence,” the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. wrote in March, when the list of people to be charged was estimated at about 400, The Washington Post reported at the time.

On Tuesday, as the newly-minted U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack launches, holding its first day of events, four far right wing House Republicans – some of whom has been linked to white nationalists – will be holding a different type of event.

Instead of working to uncover and piece together all the information about what happened on Jan. 6, including what led up to the attempted coup, four GOP representatives – Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene – will hold a press conference on the “treatment” of the January 6 “prisoners,” suggesting they are “political prisoners,” which is false.

The four extremists will hold that press conference Tuesday at 1 PM, “demanding answers on the treatment of Jan. 6 prisoners” from Attorney General Merrick Garland, per a press release.

“This is taking place on the same day as the Jan. 6 select committee’s first hearing,” Forbes’ Andrew Solender reports. House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “is also holding a presser ahead of that to counterprogram.”

“The lawmakers have all pushed a baseless conspiracy theory that federal agents were behind the attack, with Gosar also casting slain rioter Ashli Babbitt – who was shot by law enforcement while trying to breach the House chamber – as a martyr,” Solender says in a Forbes article.

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‘Groveling Before White Supremacists’: GOP Senate Candidate Slammed for ‘Going Fully Anti-Semitic’

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A Republican candidate for the seat currently held by retiring U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) was both criticized for antisemitism and mocked for accidentally yet accurately linking extremism with conservatism on Monday.

Venture capitalist J.D. Vance, whose former boss, billionaire PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel has invested $10 million in a PAC supporting him, posted the strange tweet attacking the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL is a civil rights organization dedicated to “monitoring, tracking and responding to antisemitism in the United States.” Vance is the author of “Hillbilly Elegy.”

He retweeted this post from disclose.tv and called the ADL “a joke of an organization that just goes after conservatives.”

Some slammed Vance’s tweet as antisemitic:

Others just mocked him for accidentally speaking the truth about “extremist and hate movements.”

 

 

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