Al Baldasaro
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Male | Boston, MA   United States
Prominent Perry Endorser On Audience Booing Gay Soldier: ‘I Thought It Was Great
Bullying Type: Physical
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This article was originally created by Think Progress.

During the last Republican presidential debate, a gay soldier named Stephen Hill asked the candidates about the recent repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Before former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) could respond, the GOP audience booed the service member. None of the candidates on stage rebuked the audience, allowing the booing to settle in unchallenged.

Though the moment was roundly criticized on the left and the right, one of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) newest endorsers told ThinkProgress this weekend that the he “thought it was great.”

ThinkProgress spoke with New Hampshire state Rep. Al Baldasaro (R) on Friday evening following a Perry town hall meeting in Derry. Discussing the audience’s boos, Baldasaro said the real issue was the fact that Hill divulged his sexual orientation in the first place. “I was so disgusted over that gay marine* coming out,” Baldasaro said, because now Hill’s fellow soldiers will “start getting away from him” and “start ignoring him.” Baldasaro even speculated that because Hill came out of the closet, other soldiers might not protect him when “the shit hits the fan” in battle.

Baldasaro concluded by praising the Republican audience’s reaction to Hill:

KEYES: What did you make of that moment in the debate when they had the gay marine asking a question and there were a few in the audience who were booing him?

BALDASARO: I was so disgusted over that gay marine coming out, because when he came out of the closet. Bob won’t say it because they’re scared to get in trouble, but their brothers and sisters – brothers especially- that are there, they’ll start getting away from him. They’ll start ignoring him. He doesn’t realize it, but when the shit hits the fan, you want your brothers covering your back, not looking at your back.

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