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Texas College Republicans Chairman Charlie McCaslin Resigns After ‘Fags’ Video Leaks

Up until this week Charlie McCaslin, a junior at Southern Methodist University, was the chairman of the Texas College Republicans. But he just stepped down on Thursday because, oopsy, a video of him toasting national College Republican National chairman candidate Alex Schriver leaked, and it shows him denouncing Schriver’s opponents as “nerds and … fags.” In the same speech he says that Schriver is the “right man for the job,” and also he once got wasted at a party before banging some chick.

“I cannot continue my work for the party in this capacity,” says McCaslin in his resignation letter. “The mistakes I have made have put my colleagues, my friends and school in harm’s way and they do not deserve to be part of such a bitter cycle.”

Schriver, who is the current College Republicans vice chairman, and who was there with McCaslin at the Texas College Republicans convention after party where the speech was taped, has distanced himself from his endorser: The video is “inappropriate and highly offensive,” Shriver says, and insists that by laughing along the remarks “it is possible that some could incorrectly interpret my actions to be supportive” of McCaslin’s views. “I regret putting myself in that situation. I hope that any who were offended will accept my sincere apology.”

Jonathan Snyder, a student at Ohio State University and Shriver’s opponent for the chairmanship, isn’t missing an opportunity to lump Shriver in with McCaslin: “No apology or explanation can make this reprehensible behavior acceptable. Having a Chairman who is willing to accept and then toast degrading remarks about women, homophobic slurs and juvenile behavior against anyone is unacceptable. . . . Were Alex Schriver sitting in the Chairmanship of the CRNC currently, this would permanently damage the organization’s integrity and trust with both donors and the Republican community at-large.”

McCaslin, it’s worth noting, is both a member of the National Honor Society and a Hunt Leadership Scholar. And the Texas College Republicans, which he’s no longer a part of, have denounced his remarks: “We wish to reassure our supporters that this organization does not support any of his statements made in the video, and this issue will be handled accordingly and with the utmost care. TCR has always prided itself on being an organization of principle, strong leadership, and integrity; and it is unfortunate that Chairman McCaslin’s behavior has affected TCR. He spoke while inebriated and in a way that does not reflect the values or beliefs of TCR, or Chairman McCaslin’s years of involvement with TCR.”

This statement, frankly, is hilarious given how openly homophobic TCR already is. They’re practically calling our community a bunch of fags already. From their website, a republishing of the Texas Republican Party Platform:

Family Values – We affirm that this section is a response to the attacks on traditional family values. These include well- funded, vigorous political and judicial attempts by powerful organizations and branches of the government to force acceptance, affirmation and normalization of homosexual behavior upon school children, parents, educational institutions, businesses, employees, government bodies and religious institutions and charities. These aggressive, intolerant efforts marginalize as bigots anyone who dissents.

Marriage and Divorce – We believe in the sanctity of marriage and that the integrity of this institution should be protected at all levels of government. We urge the Legislature to rescind no–fault divorce laws. We support Covenant Marriage.

Marriage Licenses – We support legislation that would make it a felony to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for such.

Homosexuality – We believe that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, refuse to recognize, or grant special privileges including, but not limited to: marriage between persons of the same sex (regardless of state of origin), custody of children by homosexuals, homosexual partner insurance or retirement benefits. We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.

Texas Sodomy Statutes – We oppose the legalization of sodomy. We demand that Congress exercise its authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy.

Tellingly, one person on the video warned: “It’s gonna go viral.” Yup.

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  • Otis Criblecoblis

    Why is it that all the weird closeted Republicans look a little Frankenstein-ish?

    No doubt part of young Charlie’s political journey will include clandestine encounters in airport restrooms – or perhaps smokin’ a few poles in conservative backrooms?

  • just sayin

    My guess is that his next step will be as a well paid intern at Fox ‘news’. Sounds like he could have a bright future there.

  • Mack Robertson

    Charlie, I’m a Methodist from West Texas. If you get rid of all of your “fags”, you’ll have to start with the SMU members of the swim team. I’m gay, a ‘nerd’, and one of my bf’s was a swimmer on your swim team. He’s ten times the man you are or ever will be. On several occasions we have double dated with two other guys on the team.

  • Jonathan Swift

    Is this them?

    They are already very anti-gay, they are simply continuing in that way. They are against any non-heterosexual families, against gay partnerships, ENDA, etc.

    “Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. ”


    “We believe that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases.”

    gives you a clue about their level of homophobia.

  • james_from_cambridge

    @Otis Criblecoblis: I was gonna say that my gayface gaydar wouldn’t stop wailing. *sigh* Another closeted, self-hating Republican homo….

  • chris

    What is up with this dudes head? He does have a monster head or something WEIRD going on. Freaaaaky.

    SMU kids are a bunch of spoiled brats attending a VERY mediocre University.

  • Hyhybt

    Historically, at least, Methodists are opposed to drink. If so, the part about “getting wasted” may cause more trouble than using “fag” as an insult. :)

  • abtuba

    “Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God”

    . . .

    Wait a second. What happened to the separation of Church and State? Run this country with the constitution, not the Bible. We aren’t a theocracy.

  • Hellarious

    Remind me not to send my kids to SMU,,,,and to never go to Texas again.

  • Shannon1981

    @abtuba: Exactly. These people need to keep that shit in church. Once and for all. Nobody else needs to follow the rules of their book.

  • Ru Mor

    Real apple pie face

  • Brian Miller

    A homophobic Republican?!? Well knock me over with a feather (boa).

  • Liam

    @Hellarious — I’m an SMU alum (from many, many years ago) and am sure that Howdy Doody’s thinking is shared by a good portion of the student body. But, McCaslin is from Portland, OR. It’s the mindset more than the geography. College Republicans tend to be the worst nationwide — they’re the ones who have most recently drunk the Kool-Aid.

    Dallas has elected a lesbian sheriff, Houston a lesbian mayor. Those metropolitan areas (and Austin) are among the most progressive in the South, and far more progressive than I ever could have dreamed when I was there 20ish years ago. Don’t blame it on Texas, don’t blame it on Portland. The attitudes that need to be changed or defeated are nationwide. If we just write off entire institutions or states, we lose.

    @ Mack — good for you. There was a large, though then mostly closeted gay population during my time at SMU in the 80s, including the student body VP, professors, cheerleaders, frat boys (me included) and, back then too, a number of swimmers and divers. Nice to know that it sounds like more have had the courage to come out.

  • justiceontherocks

    In ten years this lug nut will be married with three kids and spend his afternoons sucking off guys in the steam room.

  • tjr101

    Hmm, a future Ken Mehlman?

  • Mack Robertson

    Charlie, my boy! Do an in depth search of quarterbacks on SMU teams and Cowboy’s teams. Surprise, surprise. I would like for you to run your mouth off at them.

  • McMike

    You just gotta love Karma sometimes.

  • Otis Criblecoblis

    @james_from_cambridge: @james_from_cambridge: You nailed it – this guy isn’t fooling anyone.

    It’s worth repeating here: Straight guys who are secure in their own sexuality don’t have a need to obsess over all things gay – whether under cover of ‘Gawd’s laws’ … or what ‘The Bahble’ says … or just parroting back what bigoted, hateful parents & ignorant, inbred peers have taught them. Healthy straight guys who feel good about themselves don’t need or want to spend incessant energy fighting a phantom menace like “The Gays.”

    That’s why in almost every case like this, we’re dealing with guys who are sexually confused, or just deep in the closet. My guess is that young Charlie is both. Maybe he can get a job with the Family Research Council (a misnomer if there ever was one), home of strange closet case Tony Perkins, and former employer of George “Rentboy Lifting My Luggage” Rekers.

  • Amaturus

    Sodomy laws? They can’t be serious.

  • Idi Amin Dada

    @just sayin: Exactly. At the very least, he’s guaranteed a job at the Heritage Foundation once he graduates.

  • Jon

    HOORAY!!!!! Tho’ this guy has the significance of a mole hair, it is nice (NOT) to see how some of these “political types” demonstrate themselves when they think no one else will see. This actually doesn’t surprise me at all. We are in the land of the free as long as we fit into some sort of bigoted consortium. I am both a nerd and a fag, in every positive aspect of each label – not in the derogatory intent of this future leader.

    This guy not only manages to degrade us but also the female gender as well. He’s got no respect for anyone other than himself and I assume his frat-bros. I find myself reminded of the memoirs of George W. Bush, drinkin’ and whoopin’ it up during his “college” years.

    We’ve got a bullying country with bullying “leaders” intertwined within the decision makers. It sux sometimes but it is what it is. Thank you Charlie McCaslin for reaffirming all of us that we are not created equal.

  • Patsy Stoned

    He’s a college student? He looks like he’s in his late 30s! I guess hate has aged this doughy douche from the inside out.

    But I don’t understand why he’s stepping down for saying what Repugs (especially the ones in Texas) think of gay people.

  • Hillers

    Haley Joel Osment got into college??

  • Mack Robertson

    When we had a fraternity party in Dallas, I was always called “The person who was always where nobody else was.” All they had to do was check one of the MANY gay bars/clubs in Dallas which were packed with guys. Charlie, my first bf was in the rodeo, and took more chances in life every night than you have probably done in a life time. I always sat with a group of gay men whose bf’s were also in the rodeo. Unfortunately, because my bf had to travel around Texas and Louisiana so much, it just didn’t work out. That’s when I met my SMU swim team bf. We not only double dated with other swim teams members, but numerous other members of other various athletic teams. We never lowered ourselves to ever date a much more Nelly, inferior young republican.

  • Otis Criblecoblis

    Hey Charlie, nice to see you back here! Come out, come out, see ya in the bars, we know you love being spanked by the big, bad homos.

  • Guillermo3

    Once again,whether in the Log Cabin,or not,It’s clear that
    G.O.P.= N.A.Z.I.

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