Washington, DC – Today LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ people to public office, urged Democratic members of Congress to elect U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney to serve as the next chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). It cited Rep. Maloney’s strong fundraising network, extensive knowledge of the DCCC, and repeated reelection victories in a Republican-leaning district as reasons to support his candidacy. It also noted Rep. Maloney would make history as the first out LGBTQ DCCC chair at a time when more LGBTQ people are running for Congress than ever before.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, released the following statement:
“Democrats need a chair who believes diverse candidates are competitive in swing districts and who knows how to win tough races – and that is the story of Sean Patrick Maloney. He is a proud out gay man with three adopted kids and his authenticity and message resonate in his conservative-leaning district. More LGBTQ people and people of color are running for Congress than ever before and Rep. Maloney has the foresight to see it as an opportunity to diversify representation and increase the Democratic majority in 2022.”
In 2020, out LGBTQ Congressional candidates including Gina Ortiz Jones (TX-23) and Jon Hoadley (MI-6) faced millions of dollars in homophobic and transphobic attacks by the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee (NRCC). Both lost on Election Night.
“Rep. Maloney is best-informed and best-positioned to recognize homophobic and transphobic attacks and call them out for what they are, which is bigotry,” continued Mayor Parker. “He will be a chair who forcefully stands behind these candidates when under attack and refuses to let the NRCC’s anti-LGBTQ strategies succeed.”
LGBTQ Victory Fund
LGBTQ Victory Fund works to change the face and voice of America’s politics and achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials at all levels of government.