The Victory Fund bills itself as, "the only national organization committed to increasing the number of openly LGBT public officials at federal, state and local levels of government." In CA-26, the latest poll shows incumbent Congressman David Dreier with a 35% approval rating and Dreir's standing took a major hit when he was publically rebuffed by the GOP caucus because of reports he is a closeted homosexual.
Democrat Cynthia Matthews on the other hand is open about being a lesbian, so one would assume that the Victory Fund would be all over California's 26th Congressional District campaign, but they aren't. The Washington Blade reports:
This year, one openly gay House candidate lost in a primary and two dropped out for lack of support or sufficient funds to wage a competitive political campaign.That surprising showing was despite Dreier outspending Matthews 52:1. Maybe it could be a different story this year if Cynthia Matthews had some more resources -- say maybe from support from the Victory Fund.
Another three -- all from California -- won their primaries and will be on the ballot in November. But none has been endorsed or received financial support from the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, the primary organization in the gay rights movement focused on electing openly gay candidates to public office. [...]
One of the candidates, Democrat Cynthia Matthews, surprised political observers when she received 42.8 percent of the vote in 2004 in her race against Republican incumbent David Dreier in a district located northeast of Los Angeles. Dreier, who had been in office nearly 25 years, received 53.6 percent, and a Libertarian Party candidate received 3.6 percent.