Ashburn Earns Highest Score for Republican

By Julie Bolcer

Originally published on November 22 2010 9:05 AM ET

California state senator Roy Ashburn, a Republican who came out in office earlier this year, received the highest score among members of his party in a legislative ranking released by Equality California.

According to The Sacramento Bee, Ashburn received a score of 86, higher than some Democrats, on the 2010 scorecard. He came out after rumors that he visited a gay night club accompanied his arrest for drunk driving.

“The Bakersfield Republican was given a grade of zero percent from the group in 2009, when he voted against or abstained on every single bill included in the ranking.

“This year, he supported 12 out of 14 of the measures that factored into the Senate scores.”

See the full scorecard here.