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Republican House candidate Bob Frey shares bizarre, discredited view about gay sex

Bob Frey (left) with the MNGOP-endorsed candidate for governor, Jeff Johnson.
Bob Frey (left) with the MNGOP-endorsed candidate for governor, Jeff Johnson.

:::: UPDATE :::: We got in touch with Matt Gieseke, the endorsed DFLer running against Frey and Nash, to get his response to Frey's comments. Click to page two to read it.

Last year, video of pastor Mike Frey's cringe-worthy soliloquy at the Capitol about the dangers of "ejaculation inside of a colon" left us unsure whether to laugh, cry, or move into the woods and stop paying attention to politics altogether.

Like son, like father, apparently. Even after Mike embarrassed himself by espousing an anti-gay theory that has no scientific basis, his father, Bob, articulated basically the same view during a recent interview with MinnPost.

See also: "Bigot Remix" sets Mike Frey's anti-gay marriage testimony to music [VIDEO]

The elder Frey, a businessman in Norwood Young America, is running for the Minnesota House. He faces a GOP primary in August against Jim Nash, the current mayor of Waconia. Both are running to replace retiring Rep. Ernie Leidiger (R-Mayer), who once blamed Obama for the $100,000 in taxes he owed.

MinnPost notes that "sodomy" has become one of the campaign's central issues, and when reporter Cyndy Brucato asked Frey about his position on "social issues," he offered up the following reply.

"[It] does certainly need to be addressed for what it is," he said. "It's not about the gay agenda but about the science and the financial impact of that agenda. It's more about sodomy than about pigeonholing a lifestyle."

He then offered up this theory about why gay (man) sex is more pernicious than good old-fashioned hetero copulation:

"When you have egg and sperm that meet in conception, there's an enzyme in the front that burns through the egg. The enzyme burns through so the DNA can enter the egg. If the sperm is deposited anally, it's the enzyme that causes the immune system to fail. That's why the term is AIDS -- acquired immunodeficiency syndrome."

"It's about sodomy," Frey continued. "It's huge amounts of money. AIDS is a long-term illness, causing pain, suffering, death, a long-term illness that's very expensive to treat."

Given his theory's lack of scientific basis, you won't be surprised to learn Frey didn't cite a source for his claims, at least as far as we can tell from the MinnPost report. (Frey and Nash didn't respond to our emails seeking comment.)

Earlier this year, the Bluestem Prairie political blog, citing an unnamed source, reported that Frey, who serves as campaign committee chair for similarly gay-unfriendly Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen (R-Glencoe), recently distributed a DVD in his district claiming "that the anti-bullying bill now being considered by the Minnesota legislature is part of a plot by elites to infect school children with AIDS so that doctors and drug companies can profit from their suffering," as Sally Jo Sorensen writes.

Other than that conspiratorial lunacy, we're sure he's a perfectly reasonable dude.

To read a statement about Frey's remarks sent to us by DFLer Matt Gieseke, click to page two.

 

From Gieseke:

Matt Gieseke
Matt Gieseke
Let me start by explaining a little about myself and my political views. I am what people might call an "Eisenhower Republican," which I guess these days would be considered a conservative Democrat. I believe that the sole purpose of government is to provide for the people that which the people cannot provide for themselves. Personal bias, to me, has no place in political discourse. It is not the job of the politician to tell people how to act, how to think, or who to marry (to name a few things politicians should not do).

To me, the absurdity of Frey's comments, and the fact that Mayor Nash even associates with people that think in this manner, displays precisely what is wrong with politics--notably the two-party system--in our country today. Partisan dogmatism is literally tearing this country apart, and I want no part in it. It's comments like this and people like Frey that give our district, and our state a black eye. People should be--many, myself included, already are--disgusted and disturbed that someone like this is even taken seriously here in 2014. What's even more depressing, is the fact that many people in my district will vote for Frey in the primary, because they share his oppressive, ignorant, and downright offensive views. We do, however, live in a nation that respects all viewpoints, no matter how insane. And I firmly believe that Mr. Frey is entitled to his opinion. I just hope that the people in my district choose reason, respect, and rationality over bigotry, dogma, and one man's maniacal opinion come November.

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.




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