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The Company COSEN GOP Candidate Joe O’Dea Keeps: Fundraising With Election Deniers and Anti-Abortion Extremists, Hosted by Rape Apologists

Sep 15, 2022

According to a recent report from the American Independent, today Colorado Republican U.S. Senate Nominee Joe O’Dea will attend a major Senate Republican fundraiser hosted by “a pair of wealthy tech industry donors with a history of writing rape apologia.” O’Dea will not be alone. He’ll be joined by election deniers, anti-abortion extremists, and GOP Senate nominees Blake Masters, Adam Laxalt, Ted Budd, J.D. Vance, and Mehmet Oz. 

O’Dea claims to be a moderate and an outsider to his party, but the company he keeps tells a completely different story. His decision to align himself with these rape apologist financers and election denying candidates is just proof that these claims are a farce. He is not the “independent-minded” candidate he portrays himself to be. He is just as extreme as the rest of his party. Coloradans see through this and recognize that he is not aligned with their views.

The American Independent: GOP Senators, Candidates Will Attend Fundraiser
Hosted by Donors Who Defended Rape

By: Josh Israel | September 09, 2022

Key Points

  • “A pair of wealthy tech industry donors with a history of writing rape apologia are set to host a major fundraiser for Senate Republicans and Senate candidates next week. At least nine current nominees, in addition to Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), are expected to attend the Florida event.”

  • “In addition to Scott (R-FL), Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) are expected to attend, along with GOP Senate nominees Blake Masters, Joe O’Dea, Adam Laxalt, Ted Budd, J.D. Vance, Mehmet Oz, and Tiffany Smiley as ‘special guests’ for the fundraiser. The invitation pledges that there are ‘more senators and candidates to be announced.’”

  • “As a Stanford Law School student, Rabois, reportedly got into trouble in 1992 for berating a member of the faculty and calling them ‘faggot’ and yelling, ‘Hope you die of AIDS.’”

  • “After Stuart Thomas, a senior year student at Stanford, was charged with statutory rape of another student that same year, Rabois co-authored a column in a special “Rape Issue” of Stanford Review, Thiel’s conservative school publication. According to the book ‘The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Power,’ the column ‘joked’ that the dorm building where the attack took place may become ‘the solution to asexually frustrated freshmen.’”

  • “Sacks also contributed to the ‘Rape Issue,’ writing an article defending the perpetrator and dismissing statutory rape as ‘a moral directive left on the books by pre-sexual revolution crustaceans.’”

  • “Sacks and Thiel co-authored a 1995 book together called ‘The Diversity Myth: Multiculturalism and Political Tolerance on Campus,’ throughout which they defend Rabois’ anti-LGBTQ outburst. They also dismissed date rapes in the book as ‘seductions that were later regretted.’ Both have since tried to distance themselves from their writing.”

Read the full report here.

Published: Sep 15, 2022 | Last Modified: Sep 20, 2022

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