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Democratic Operative Deploys Gay-Baiting Campaign

Jim Burroway

March 14th, 2011

Unconscionable. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know what “unmarried” is code for. From Think Progress:

Less Government Now appears to be tied to Scott Maddox, a Democratic operative who unsuccessfully ran for Agricultural Commissioner last year, and has been used to bolster tea party candidates in an attempt to split the GOP vote. Tampa has non-partisan mayoral elections, but Ferlita, a current county commissioner, is a Republican.



Priya Lynn
March 14th, 2011 | LINK

So, what is “unmarried” code for? I’m not a rocket scientist but I am married to one and he doesn’t know either.

Jim Burroway
March 14th, 2011 | LINK

In a political campaign? When describing an opponent and why that opponent is disqualified?

Chris McCoy
March 14th, 2011 | LINK

Priya Lynn wrote:

So, what is “unmarried” code for?

Didn’t you know? All unmarried women over the age of 25 must be lesbians!

I love the damning text for Unmarried to the right in the ad

Rose Ferlita has put her political ambition first and foremost, while her opponent is a dedicated family man with two children — Ferlita is an unmarried woman with a suspect commitment to family values.

I’m sure if she were married and had children she would be told that running for political office was tantamount to neglecting her husband and children.

Priya Lynn
March 14th, 2011 | LINK

I must be dense, Jim, I still don’t get it.

Priya Lynn
March 14th, 2011 | LINK

Thanks Chris, I posted just after your comment and hadn’t seen it.

Regan DuCasse
March 14th, 2011 | LINK

This is why I keep saying that color was a means of enforcing Jim Crow against blacks and others of dark skin.

Marital status is a means of doing similar damage to gay people. Whether someone is gay or not, marital status is code for being gay, untrustworthy, and immature.

Of course, married politicians have proven themselves to have two of the latter unsavory qualities.
Giving squat credibility to being married as a character reference.

March 14th, 2011 | LINK


(The fact that the mistress is a lobbyist is icing on the cake for him. I suppose in Newt-world, it just means he REALLY loves Wisconsin.)

March 14th, 2011 | LINK

Awards and recognitions

* The Elizabeth Prebich Elected Official Leadership Award for 2008 from the National Association of Counties (NACHSA). This award is for distinguished leadership in human services for an elected official whose efforts and commitment have helped increase awareness of the critical role that county human services agencies play in local, state and national arenas, March 2, 2008.

* Italian-American Women of Excellence Award, October, 2004

* The Florida Pharmacy Association honored Rose Ferlita in July 2000 with the James H. Beal Florida Pharmacist of the Year. This honor was bestowed upon her by her fellow pharmacists statewide in recognition of her “outstanding service to pharmacy”.

* Faces and Places – Drug store owner has cure for neighborhood woes”. The Tampa Tribune Nov. 23, 1993

* Best of the Bay ’94, Drug Store Category, Creative Loafing, September 1994

* “Pharmacy Spotlight” Pharmacy Times, October, 1994

* “Independent Superstars”, 1996 Drug Topics, The Drug Topics Honor Roll, October 1995 and 1996

* “Woman of the ‘90’s”, St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Edition , May 2, 1994

* Florida Pharmacy Association’s James H. Beal Award, “Pharmacist of the Year 2000”

* Harvest of Hope Political Leadership Award, 2005

* “Prescriptions for Success”, The Tampa Tribune, February 24, 2005

I think the above speaks for itself.

March 15th, 2011 | LINK

So there’s something wrong with being unmarried…it might mean someone is gay?

But especially on the Republican (NEWT!) side (but also, on the Democrat side i.e. Bill Clinton, John Edwards, etc.) the political spectrum is overrun with married serial adulterers…and we’re supposed to find THAT more trustworthy?

Mr. Maddox…do I look like a f*ckin’ idiot to you?

I don’t care if he’s gay or she’s a lesbian…or if he or she is bi or straight…if they’re honest and loyal to their partner I don’t care. I’m f*cking sick of “family values” politicians who cheat on their wives.

I’ve been cheated on, it ain’t no fun.

March 15th, 2011 | LINK

Actually, it doesn’t even have to imply she’s lesbian.
Just the fact that she’s an unmarried woman makes her unfit to serve society. That is *at least* what they’re implying. And there are still people who think that “career women” are inherently against family values.
The “lesbian” implication is just icing on the repugnican cake.

March 15th, 2011 | LINK

Wow – I have to correct myself…
Of course I immediately jumped against a certain party, even after reading “Democratic”
Shame on me!

March 15th, 2011 | LINK

Un-married? Maybe they mean she’s a lesbian and are trying to make her look bad. Maybe they mean she’s straight and no good, a worthless woman because a man hasn’t married her? What ever it is, they’re using marriage and her lack of it to try to destroy her and who ever thought of it is probably divorced.

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