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Rep. Polis rues lack of gay bars in his own district

Speaking to members of the California delegation, Polis – who represents a safely-blue enclave (Boulder) of a battleground-purple state – lamented Monday that Colorado is "not a gay mecca." 

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"There's not a single gay bar in my entire district," he said during a breakfast at Charlotte's Blake Hotel.

Polis suggested that California has a better track-record of catering to the gay community – singling out San Francisco as being particularly open – but he also noted that there are currently no openly gay members of Congress from the Golden State.

As a co-chair of the Democrats' "Red-to-Blue" initiative – which is targeting specific GOP incumbents in hopes of winning the 25 seats Democrats need to win back the House in November – Polis wants to change that statistic. 

He noted that in California's 41st congressional district – long-held by Rep. Jerry Lewis (R), who's retiring at the end of the year – the Democrats have an opportunity in the form of Mark Takano, an openly gay educator in a toss-up contest with a GOP county supervisor. 

"Let me ask you, are there any gay people in California?" Polis asked the crowd, which responded in whoops.

Last summer, Polis, along with his partner Marlon Reis, welcomed the birth of a son, making him the first openly gay parent in the history of Congress. Caspian Julius turns one this month.