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01/05/2010

Audio: A fitting booking since the campaign did build wall around Mike

by Jeremy Hooper

Mike Heath was completely shut out of Maine's "yes on 1" campaign. Deliberately, decidedly, and by Mike's own admission. The campaign, which needed a broader coalition to "win" on their discrimination ticket, simply could not risk a public embrace of a man who has directly blamed gays for causing things like bad weather, graffiti, and economic crises, and who has gladly partnered up with extremists like Scott Lively.

But never mind that reality. David Barton and Rick Green went ahead and booked Heath on their "WallBuilders Live" show to discuss last November's "great victory":





*Audio source: Monday, January 04, 2010 -- Maine Voters Reject Gay Marriage [WallBuilders]
(h/t: RightWingWatch)

If you listen to only one part, put the marker at the 7:50 point and hear what Mike has to say about the campaign itself. He comes right out and says that he is against even recognitions like domestic partnerships, which (a) shows exactly why the campaign staff distanced themselves from Heath, yet also (b) lays bear the more extreme views that bubble under any of these anti-gay referenda. After all, Heath was great buddies with Charla Bansley, Bob Emrich, and a whole host of the "yes on 1ers." And it was just last year that the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, a major voice in both the Question One and Prop Eight campaigns, feted Mike at a "pro-family" banquet. So it's a near certainty that their views are quite fully in step with Mike, they just had to hide them so as to seem publicly palatable in order to obtain the bare majority that they needed to implement bias.

Yes, this is all a bit inside baseball-like. But we have to make note of these kinds of things and do a better jobs of connecting these dots next time (and there will undoubtedly be a next time).

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