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04/14/2010

Video: Campbell's alphabet soup: Now with both a N-O-M and a G-O-P-R-O-U-D

by Jeremy Hooper

When we received a press release from the gay conservatives at GOProud reading "Don't Let California get Dede'd" (as in Scozzafava), we were actually pleased. For we thought that they were going to be resisting the National Organization For Marriage's efforts to derail Tom Campbell's campaign:

But no, no. By "not get Dede'd," GOProud is not referring to the ugly way that Scozzafava was treated, in large part because of her support for marriage equality. Instead, they are referring to the way "liberal" Dede caused division, with the gay GOPers creating an ad that's remarkably similar to NOM's:


GOProud Unveils Advertising Campaign Against Tom Campbell: “Wrong on Taxes [GOProud]

So that leaves Carly Fiorina and Chuck Devore on the GOP side. Both oppose marriage equality, with both proudly boasting that they voted for Prop 8 (with Devore even saying that marriage would open a "Pandora's box," and Fiorina tossing around such far-right talking points as "sanctity of marriage"). And here we have a group that fights on behalf of gay Republicans working to defeat the candidate who seems most likely to support inclusion into the party (even if he does still think civil rights can be put to a vote and opposes current court challenges to Prop 8)?

Look, we know people are not single issue voters. Nor should they be. But when an LGBT-identified group creates an ad that is essentially a mirror image of one created by one of the LGBT community's biggest foes by framing it completely around a single issue (taxes) without even making one note of the support that the candidate has offered gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender citizens? Well to us, that's an example of being myopic the other way. The "legally single" issue matters.

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**ALSO: In addition to his marriage support, Campbell also broke from his party while serving in Congress, voting "NO" on a 1999 proposal to ban gay adoptions in DC.

**MORE: This response from GOProud's Chris Barron:

"We commend Rep. Campbell for his vote against Prop 8. However, the totality of his record on issues of importance to gay conservatives - particularly his record on taxes and foreign policy - are abysmal. Prop 8 was and is a state issue and we agree strongly with Rep Campbell on Prop 8. However, Rep Campbell is running for US Senate - not Governor - and therefore his candidacy has to be judged on the issues that he will be asked to decide in the US Senate."

Right. Issues he could be asked to decide in the Senate, like DADT (Campbell publicly supports repeal), ENDA, a potential Federal Marriage Amendment, etc. To be fair, Campbell did vote in favor of DOMA. But with his support for marriage equality, we'd think that a certain confluence of events could lead to a change in position.

**MORE: The other LGBT GOP group, Log Cabin Republicans, has endorsed Campbell.

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