New York Republican Congressional Candidate Uses Gay Son To Pinkwash Her Antigay Past

will hayworthThings are getting mean in the race for U.S. Representative of New York’s 18th District.

The current incumbent, Sean Patrick Maloney, is one of the only openly gay members of Congress. He defeated Nan Hayworth, a Republican, for the seat in 2012. But now Hayworth is coming for him and using her son in a new ad.

“As a gay man, coming to terms with who I am wasn’t easy, but my parents love me for who I am and for whom I love,” says he kid Will. “So when I hear vicious negative attacks against Nan Hayworth, I have to speak out.”

Maloney’s ads have been painting Hayworth as a conservative tea-party-affiliated extremist. And as the Human Rights Campaign has pointed out, she refused to sign marriage equality bills, or a bill to end discriminatory immigration practices.

She also opposes federal constitutional protection for marriage equality, and backed anti-gay Mitt Romney for President. She wants to repeal Obamacare, opposes gun control, and called Paul Ryan a “teacher and mentor.”

So, now you know everything you need to know about what kind of politician Hayworth is, and having a gay son doesn’t really change any of that.