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Some GOPs won't support Trump-backer Sabato Jr. because of "porn" past

Trump supporter Sabato Jr. can't get endorsed by some CA GOP.
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One-time heartthrob Antonio Sabato Jr. has put his hat in the race in the run for Congress to represent part of Southern California. The 45-year-old conservative was an early supporter of Donald Trump and will run as Republican, but some in the GOP are calling for his disqualification due to some roles he’s played in the past.

Sabato is hoping to win his district which includes most of Ventura County, a position held by Democrat Julia Brownley since 2013.

Republicans who are also running for the spot have discovered the soap star once appeared nude and simulated gay sex in one of his movies and therefore are calling for his disqualification.

Ret. Air Force Maj. Jeffrey Burum (R) says Sabato does not aptly represent the spirit of the GOP.

"His behavior is inconsistent with anything I would want from a congressional leader. It's also inconsistent with a party which has always favored traditional family values, which do not include porn," Burum said.

The former president of California Log Cabin Republicans and current Sabato advisor, Charles Moran says those who are criticizing his career don’t know the value of his craft, and his roles are no indication of his political abilities, "For a long time, gays have played straight, straights have played gay. A good actor can do this, and many do. Antonio Sabato Jr. is no different,” said Moran.

Sabato himself echoed that sentiment, “I've done many movies. I've done things I'm proud of and things I'm not so proud of, that's just the way any actor works," he said. "They don't know what kind of congressman I'll be, the work ethic I have."

The movies in question are 2003’s “Testosterone” and 2006’s “Deadly Skies,” the former a gay love story in which he appears fully nude, the latter a disaster movie in which Sabato plays a gay man in the military dismissed from service because of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

Aside from the films and lack of endorsement from his own party, Sabato’s criticisms also come from liberals who take issue with his support for Donald Trump. In 2016 at the Republican National Convention Sabato praised Trump, a move he says affected his status in Tinseltown.

"I was blacklisted from Hollywood," Sabato said. "I'm proud of our president. Look at everything he has been able to do in such a short amount of time," he said according to Towleroad.

With California being the movie capital of the world, many actors and actresses have run for and been elected to public office. 

One of the biggest in recent California history was Arnold Schwarzenegger who in 2003 became governor. In his highly successful movie "Terminator" Schwarzenegger appeared partially nude, but this may not have mattered to voters who were used to seeing the former professional bodybuilder in skimpy bikini bottoms indicative of the sport.