Conservative calls for Ashburn to resign
March 9, 2010
Republican state Senator Roy Ashburn admitted in a radio interview on Monday that he is gay. Now one of the state’s most ardent conservatives is calling for him to resign. [Capitol Weekly]
Randy Thommason, president of SaveCalifornia.com, wants Ashburn to step down immediately, arguing, “His lying, cheating ways have boiled over and the public’s trust has been shattered.”
Ashburn’s admission of being gay follows his high-profile DUI arrest last week in Sacramento after being seen at a downtown gay bar.
Ashburn was divorced in 2003, but Thommason criticized the father of four for straying from his marriage and argued “that no one is truly gay.”
“Now that Ashburn has openly identified with the LGBT lifestyle, he is dramatically out of step with his constituents, has lost their trust, and is in danger of voting against their conservative family values.,” Thommason said.
Ashburn, who represents Tulare and Kern counties, is unable to run for re-election because of term limits.