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NOM’s DC candidates lose big

Timothy Kincaid

September 15th, 2010

Remember the political mailer sent out by the National Organization for Marriage to support a District of Columbia counsel candidate?

Radical, gay marriage activists are flooding Ward 5 with money to defeat Delano Hunter, not because they don’t like his plan to improve our community, but only because the supports the Biblical definition of marriage.

Of course there was no flooding of outside money, other than that which NOM was raining on their favorite anti-gay candidate. But it turns out that their money was wasted. (TBD)

NOM’S CANDIDATES ALL LOSE: And bad. Council candidate Delano Hunter, endorsed by the National Organization for Marriage, lost to incumbent Harry Thomas Jr. in the Ward 5 race. Delano secured 20 percent of the vote to Thomas’ 62. At-large council member Phil Mendelson, a champion of marriage equality, was re-elected. And in the Mayoral election, NOM’s favorite anti-gay-marriage candidate, Leo Alexander, secured a pathetic .62 percent of the vote in the mayoral contest. That’s gotta sting.

Thomas is giving NOM credit for helping him beat the candidate they supported. (Metro Weekly)

Thomas, a Democrat who voted for the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009, is confident that his vote was not just right, but also good politics, saying, ”[I]f I had been on the other side of this issue as a councilmember, I wouldn’t have been as successful [in my re-election campaign].”

What’s more, Thomas said NOM’s actions ”solidified [his] position” on his vote for the marriage bill.

”I think that what you see is voters were not singularly focused [on marriage], and there was a small group of individual who I believed focused on – frankly – a lot of misinformation,” he said. ”[NOM] tried to deceptively cast their campaign around people being denied the right to vote – without explaining the human-rights issue.”

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pi r squared
September 15th, 2010 | LINK

Delicious.

Sometimes the world is just.

FYI, right now, here at Box Turtle Bulletin, there is an extremely creepy ad to the left of the box in which I am typing that says, “Stop Unchecked Liberal Power.” Has a scary graphic of an eagle. At the bottom it says, “Paid for by the Republic National Committee…”

A Ken Mehlman legacy baby? The Arkansas bible vs. fa**ots flyer wasn’t enough?

David Wood
September 15th, 2010 | LINK

Speaking of ads on this site, why is there an ad from the homophobic Meg Whitman?

John
September 15th, 2010 | LINK

I believe that ads are based on the subjects of the posts, regardless of the ideology espoused by the posts. I may be wrong about this.

TomTallis
September 15th, 2010 | LINK

If you click on the ad, then Box Turtle gets a few cents and Meg has to pay, so click away.

David Wood
September 15th, 2010 | LINK

I have no respect for Box Turtle if they even accept her ad even if it costs her if I click on it, She is spending millions.

Here’s Equality Now’s latest e-mail:

September 15, 2010

Dear David,

Meg Whitman made history today in her attempt to buy herself the governor’s office. She has now spent more of her own money than any candidate in our nation’s history: a whopping $119 million!

We have to fight back!

Not a dime of this money is going to our schools, to healthcare or to advance equality. In fact, she is spending all this money so she can then spend your and my taxpayer dollars on a lawsuit to overturn the Federal District court decision that declared Prop. 8 unconstitutional.

Equality California Political Action Committee is working to defeat Whitman, Cooley, Fiorina and all candidates who would stand in the way of full equality. We can win these races if we can turn out the vote. But we can’t do that without your support.

Help us fight Whitman’s checkbook by contributing today.

The cost of having Meg Whitman as our next governor is too great.

In solidarity,

Geoff Kors
Executive Director
Equality California PAC

The Cost of Meg Whitman

If elected, Meg Whitman will use taxpayer dollars on a lawsuit to overturn the Federal District court decision that declared Prop. 8 unconstitutional.

Equality California PAC is working to defeat all candidates who stand in the way of full equality. We can win these races if we can turn out the vote.

We can’t do that without your support.

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The mission of the Equality California PAC is to ensure and promote dignity, safety and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians by supporting candidates who share the goals and objectives of EQCA.

Penny Sautereau-Fife
September 16th, 2010 | LINK

@David Wood

Um…. dude…. you DO know that Google ads are random and independant of the site they’re on, and what ads it shows are chosen by a computer browsing the page for keywords?

If you write an article saying Meg Whitman is a bigoted c*nt, Google ads reads “Meg Whitman”. This is why blog entries about supporting trans equality end up displaying ads for shemale lady boy dating sites. It’s Google’s fault, not Tim’s. You owe him an apology for being unreasonably douchy about this.

Scott
September 16th, 2010 | LINK

I don’t see Meg Whitman ads but I do see Mark Kirk ads (I live in Illinois). Just another indication of the automated nature of the ad placement on the site–BTB has no control over this.

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