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Some observations on the Primary results

Timothy Kincaid

June 9th, 2010

I’ve not commented much about Democratic candidates in this primary election. For the most part, the major candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for various positions have been supportive of our community, so there were few races in which any particular outcome stood out in importance.

But this has been an interesting season for Republican politics, especially in my home state of California. And yesterday’s election held some moments of victory and some disappointments. Here are a few of my observations about the results.

CA Governor: As expected Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman will face each other in November. Whitman and her opponent Steve Poizner are both fairly moderate on social issues but as Poizner ran his campaign emphasizing that he was a “real conservative”, Meg is probably the better outcome.

Although Whitman has been pilloried in the gay press as “anti-gay”, her positions on gay issues would have her receiving awards for support just a few years ago. Although she voted for Proposition 8, she supports civil unions and her objections to marriage equality seem perfunctory rather than devout. She advocated allowing the 18,000 couples who married in the 2008 marriage window to remain recognized as married.

US Senate from CA: It was disappointing that Tom Campbell did not do well. With 25% of the vote, he fell well below Carly Fiorina’s 55%. This is an undisputed victory for the anti-gay activist group National Organization for Marriage, who had run television ads opposing Campbell.

The slight consolation is that Chuch Devore did even worse than Campbell. Devore was the homophobe’s dream candidate. And Fiorina is probably somewhat moderate on our issues, having established a domestic partnership registry why leading Hewlett Packard.

CA Attorney General: Steve Cooley, a friend of the community who supports marriage equality, swept to victory.

CA Lt. Governor: Democrats selected another community friend, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, for their Lt. Governor nominee. Republicans selected Abel Maldenado, the only Republican to vote in the legislature for Harvey Milk Day.

NV Governor: Remember Jim Gibbons? He was the Nevada Governor who vetoed that state’s all-but-the-name domestic partner registry. Well, not only did the legislature overturn his veto last year, but he lost his party’s nomination for reelection to Brian Sandoval, a pro-choice Hispanic Republican who supported the DP bill.

IA Governor: In Iowa, all the Republican candidates are opposed to marriage equality and support “a vote of the people”. But there were degrees. While two of the candidates made wacky claims about what they would do, particularly Bob Vander Plaats who thought he could just issue a declaration and reverse the courts, former Governor Terry Branstad did not give the issue much emphasis in his campaign. Branstad won handily.

ME Governor: NOM is crowing that their choice Paul LePage, a Tea Party favorite, was selected as the Republican nominee for Governor. He will face Maine Senate President Elizabeth “Libby” Mitchell. This is a particularly important race in November as Maine’s legislature will likely try again for marriage equality and LePage has promised to veto any marriage bills.

There are undoubtedly many other races of importance and as they come to my attention I may add them.

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Sal Ignab
June 9th, 2010 | LINK

I have to take issue with your support for Meg Whitman. She openly believes that holier-than-thou lie that “civil unions are good enough” and anybody who can justify reaching out and voting against my marriage is unfit for public office.

Pomo
June 9th, 2010 | LINK

I was disappointed in Tom Campbell’s campaign. Its like he just gave up. Carly was running TV adds and all over the place. Campbell was silent. I expected more from someone who has been in politics before. At any rate, there’s not much any elected official can do for gay rights in CA these days since we have most of them.

Its much more important to get pro-gay candidates in states where the legislature still has the ability to pass laws to benefit LGBT people.

Dave
June 9th, 2010 | LINK

Carly Fiorina’s win over Tom Campbell is not in any way a victory for NOM. Fiorina had been leading for a long time and was expected to win. NOM’s contribution to the campaign didn’t change the outcome.

(On the positive side, NOM just wasted a lot of money that they now do not have available for other anti-gay activities!)

Timothy Kincaid
June 9th, 2010 | LINK

Dave,

NOM has a graph which they are using to claim victory.

Douglas
June 9th, 2010 | LINK

“I have to take issue with your support for Meg Whitman. She openly believes that holier-than-thou lie that “civil unions are good enough” and anybody who can justify reaching out and voting against my marriage is unfit for public office.”

Well, I understand this position. I hope this applies to Democrats like President Obama as well, as I wouldn’t want you to have double standards.

Ben in Oakland
June 9th, 2010 | LINK

“A pox on both their houses’

Romeo and Julio.

CB
June 9th, 2010 | LINK

Just curious, are either Whitman or Fiorina married? We don’t need another Ashburn. You never see either one with a spouse. If you want to go with lesbian stereotype looks…well, I’m just sayin’……. LOL

Timothy Kincaid
June 9th, 2010 | LINK

CB,

Whitman is married to Griffith Harsh IV, a neurosurgeon at Stanford University Medical Center. (which i guess makes her Mrs. Harsh)

Carly is married to AT&T executive Frank Fiorina.

jcrr
June 9th, 2010 | LINK

I agree with Dave, this is NOT a “victory” for NOM; Tom Campbell lost because his campaign run out of money. They’re spinning this to suck up $$$ from their donors.

(And it should be noted that they make no reference to Steve Cooley’s victory, which is a resounding FAIL for them)

Stormy
June 9th, 2010 | LINK

It’s probably not one of those sexy races, especially because marriage equality will most likely hit Missouri on the far side of never *sigh*, but the Democrat running against my current rep is an openly gay father (Clint Hylton). Graves makes me ill on a regular basis, so I’m excited to help Hylton boot him.

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