NOM’s “Valores” tour draws protesters

Timothy Kincaid

September 30th, 2010

Yesterday, the National Organization for Marriage’s “Vota Tus Valores” bus tour to drum up Hispanic vote for Carly Fiorina finally drew a crowd. Of protesters.

We already discussed their first stop for some Jelly Belly goodness. So we’ll pick up from there (Courage Campaign)

Day 3, Stop 2: Napa

In Napa, 32 counter-protesters greeted the Vota Bus tour with chants of “more jobs, more jobs.”

The face of the tour, Alfonso, was uncertain what to do when faced with a sea (or at least a pond) of Barbara Boxer signs and nary a single Carly Fiorina supporter. But, just for his info, trying to lecture or out-shout protesters just isn’t a very effective use of time. And no one sounds good with such zingers as “If you’re sick of killing babies, you better vote for Carly.”

Day 3, Non-Stop 3: Concord
Day 3, Non-Stop 4: Alameda

Rather than make the two scheduled stops, the Valores tour stopped for lunch and tequila shots. Which is probably just as well as this is what was waiting for them at the scheduled Alameda stop.

Day 3, Stop 5: San Jose

In East San Jose the Carly bus did not go over well.

Napa may have been the first stop where an organized oppositional counter-protest came out to greet the Vota Bus, but East San Jose was clearly the most vocal. When we arrived there were approximately 34 counter-protesters, mostly Latino.

Day 3, Stop 6: San Mateo

While San Jose’s protest was predominantly a Latino objection to Carly Fiorina, in San Mateo the protest was led by those supporting gay equality.

In San Mateo, the Vota Bus was met by 14 equality counter-protesters from organizations like PFLAG and Marriage Equality USA. Tour organizers made marginal attempts to engage about 4 people who were sitting in the local park and two of the volunteer organizers attempted to have a civil discourse with two of the equality supporters.

You have to wonder what Fiorina’s camp was thinking. This is a three-fer, not only does this tour annoy the Boxer supporters, but it also challenges the established Latino political machine and the gay supporters. Any other combination and they might have raised no attention at all, but this message coupled with this partnership was almost guaranteed to result in negative press.

And portraying yourself as a social conservative extremist is not a good idea in California. When we elect Republicans, we want them to be of the moderate variety. There hasn’t been a socially conservative Republican elected to Governor or Senator since George Deukmejian was re-elected in 1986.

Regan DuCasse

September 30th, 2010

So far, no reporting or posting from Brian Brown. He had video and pictures from the previous tour.
Especially of the young man shouting at him, with the back of BB’s head in the frame.
And he had the video of the young woman nursing in public complaining that the counter protesters treated her so horribly.
Then there was the video of “Dr.” Alveda King saying she didn’t want to be extinct.
How gay people would be responsible for that, I don’t know.
But I digress.

No one from NOM is putting anything out about their experience on this coast.
They aren’t bragging about the numbers of people or the talks they had or what was said.

Brian Brown DID report that over 25 briefs were filed in various courts.
Woo hoo!
And he asked for more money. Natch.

Timothy Kincaid

September 30th, 2010


Brown isn’t traveling with this tour. I’m not sure which of NOM’s “leaders” are on the bus.

Regan DuCasse

September 30th, 2010

I was thinking that perhaps those who ARE, would give him something to report from the road.

I knew he wasn’t with them, but neither are the folks from P8TT or CC and they are reporting from the road.

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