Family Research Council Falsely Claims Only Two Re-Elected House Republicans Voted To Repeal DADT

December 17, 2010 4:43 pm ET

The Family Research Council emailed an outraged press release to supporters yesterday denouncing the House vote to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." In the message, FRC voices its "huge disappointment" with Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), saying he was joined by "only one other Republican that was reelected, Rep. Ron Paul (Texas)," in supporting repeal. In fact, ten returning House Republicans voted to end the military's ban on openly gay troops.

FRC: Only Two Re-Elected House Republicans Voted To Repeal DADT

FRC: Reps. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Ron Paul (R-TX) Were Sole Re-Elected GOP Members To Vote For Repeal. According to the Family Research Council:

Yesterday, Rep. Flake broke away from the GOP and voted "aye" on the stand-alone repeal. For FRC, who celebrated Jeff's 100% record on our last scorecard, it's a huge disappointment. Only one other Republican that was reelected, Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), joined him. Fortunately, their weakness wasn't the deciding factor in yesterday's 250-175 vote. The House bill was helped along by 63 lame-duckers (emphasis on the lame), who took the easy way out--on their way out.

[Family Research Council, 11/16/10]

15 House Republicans Voted For Repeal, 10 Were Re-Elected

15 Republicans Voted To Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The following Republicans voted for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell":

Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL)
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA)
Rep. John Campbell (R-CA)
Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao (R-LA)
Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE)
Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
Rep. Charles Djou (R-HI)
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Rep. David Dreier (R-CA)
Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI)
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA)
Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

[H.R. 2965, Vote #638, 12/15/10]

10 Republicans Who Voted For Repeal Were Re-Elected in 2010

Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL) Was Re-Elected. According to "With large leads in all three counties in the 13th District, U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert was declared the winner Tuesday night for a seventh term." [, 11/4/10]

Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) Was Re-Elected.
According to KPSP Local 2: "Rep. Mary Bono Mack declared victory in the 45th district congressional race, as a majority of Riverside County precincts had reported results." [, 11/3/10]

Rep. John Campbell (R-CA) Was Re-Elected. According to the Orange County Register: "Rep. John Campbell won his third full term Tuesday." [Orange County Register, 11/2/10]

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) Was Re-Elected. According to "Republican Rep. Charlie Dent was easily re-elected to his fourth term today, besting Democrat John Callahan and Independent Jake Towne." [, 11/2/10]

Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) Was Re-Elected. According to "Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas won with about 54.5 percent of the vote to Democratic challenger Russ Warner's 37 percent." [, 11/3/10]

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) Was Re-Elected. According to AZ "Republican Rep. Jeff Flake has won re-election to a sixth term in the U.S. House representing Arizona's 6th Congressional District. Flake turned back a challenge from Democrat Rebecca Schneider by a wide margin. Early returns show Flake had 65 percent of the votes and Schneider had 31 percent." [, 11/2/10]

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) Was Re-Elected. According to "Rand Paul isn't the only member of the Raul family celebrating a victory tonight. His father, Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, was re-elected by a wide margin. The elder Paul, a two-time Presidential candidate, has captured 79% of the vote according to early results. Democrat Robert Pruett trailed well behind with 21%." [, 11/2/10]

Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA) Was Re-Elected. According to "Platts easily defeated his two challengers and will return to Washington D.C. for his second decade." [, 11/2/10]

Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) Was Re-Elected. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Bucking a Democratic trend, Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert has won re-election in Washington's 8th Congressional Destrict, defeating two-time challenger Darcy Burner." [, 11/7/10]

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) Was Re-Elected. According to "With more than 122,000 votes counted, the veteran Republican legislator had almost 71 percent of the vote -- easily besting Democratic candidate Rolando A. Banciella. Ros-Lehtinen is the ranking Republican woman in the House -- and with Republicans winning control of the U.S. House, she takes over the Committee on Foreign Affairs." [, 11/2/10]