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04/07/2010

NOM-'n-8: Astroturf and snake oil sales staff seek Eastman win

by Jeremy Hooper

EastmanBack in February, we told you about a fundraiser for California Attorney General candidate John C. Eastman (R) that was being co-sponsored by Michelle Bachmann, Edwin Meese, and the National Organization For Marriage, among others. Now The Sacramento Bee's Dan Morain reveals even deeper ties between the GOP primary hopeful and the establishment that inflicted a needless tarnish on the Golden State:

Eastman has surrounded himself with prominent players from the Proposition 8 campaign. His campaign firm, Schubert Flint Public Affairs, ran the Yes-on-8 campaign. Several of his donors were major contributors to the effort.

And a conservative Christian group called National Organization for Marriage, based in New Jersey, already playing in the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate here, proclaimed Eastman's candidacy to be of prime interest. "We view this race as one of the most important races in the country," said Brian Brown. The group was a major Yes-on-8 fundraiser.

*Read more: Dan Morain: Anti-gay candidate tests GOP appeal [Sac Bee]
(H/t: GayPolitics)

And then you stop and realize: The Prop 8 fight is never going to end, is it? It wasn't just a ballot initiative: It was a movement to reshape a state. For the NOMs of the world, with seemingly unending cash and an indefatigable desire to kill LGBT people's progress, this is a generational fight that has no time cap. As long as there is a referendum and a position or person that will somehow keep those pesky gays at bay, they're going to show up to play.

[::sigh::] And here we were looking forward to at least a few pre-grave years of peace.

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