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Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 08/11/2010

GOP candidate goes after 'divas' vote

It's not everyday that a Republican candidate for office surrounds himself with a group of scantily-clad drag queens to try to raise money for his campaign.

But, hey, this is the left-leaning District. And Marc Morgan say's he proud to court the city's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Morgan, a black gay Republican, will be hosting a fundraiser billed as "Latin Flava" Sunday at Cobalt nightclub in Dupont Circle. Morgan, the GOP nominee in Ward 1, has created a Facebook page advertising the event, complete with photographs of the "Divas de La Rumba" who will be performing at the event.

Morgan said the event demonstrates he's a "pro-environment, pro-equality" liberal Republican who would be a good representative for Ward 1, which includes the U Street corridor, Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan and parts of Petworth.

"You normally don't see Republicans that A, court the gay vote and B court the Latino gay vote," Morgan, 37, said. "There are three or four gay Latinos who are supportive of my efforts and wanted to host a fundraiser and we put this together to pull in a totally different young Latino crowd."

Morgan will run against incumbent Jim Graham (D), who is also gay, in the November general election if Graham survives his primary match-up against Jeff Smith and Bryan Weaver.

Although Morgan faces an uphill battle to prevail in heavily Democratic Ward 1, his untraditional fundraising strategy appears to be showing success. He reports raising about $20,000 $15,000, which he says is the most of any of the four Republicans running for council this year.

Morgan got his start in politics in the early 2000s when he served as finance chairman for the Maryland Republican Party when Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele was head of the state party. He now works for the American Council on Renewable Energy.

--Tim Craig

By  |  01:36 PM ET, 08/11/2010

Categories:  2010 District Election, 2010 District Election

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