LGBT Republican groups campaigning for Curbelo in Fla.

LGBT Republican groups campaigning for Curbelo in Fla.
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Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) will receive an influx of support from dozens of gay Republicans who are campaigning for him in the final days before the election.


Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory Angelo called Curbelo “one of the greatest advocates of LGBT freedom in the House of Representatives.”

That praise was echoed by the American Unity PAC, which said Curbelo is a “different kind of Republican.”

“His legislative record in Congress proves that he is a different kind of Republican, standing out for the freedom to marry, fighting to protect LGBT people from discrimination in the workplace and working to give all families a fair chance to succeed,” said Tyler Deaton, senior adviser at American Unity PAC.

Both groups support Republican candidates who will advance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues while in office. The groups are sending about 50 people to Miami to knock on doors and make phone calls, encouraging people to vote for Curbelo.

Curbelo is locked in a tight reelection battle against Democratic challenger Joe GarciaJoe Antonio GarciaFormer Florida congressman fined 6K in campaign finance scheme Overnight Defense: Biden honors McCain at Phoenix memorial service | US considers sending captured ISIS fighters to Gitmo and Iraq | Senators press Trump on ending Yemen civil war Biden pays tribute to McCain at emotional memorial service MORE, who previously held the seat before losing to Curbelo two years ago.

Curbelo is one of only two Republicans on the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

He is also among a handful of congressional Republicans who have said they will not vote for GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE.

Neither the Log Cabin Republicans nor American Unity PAC endorsed a presidential candidate this year, though most LGBT groups that are not linked to the GOP are backing Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE.