Wonder if they’d support a racist?
Indiana Rep. Brad Ellsworth has decided to seek the seat being vacated by Sen. Evan Bayh and will announce his intentions in a statement to be released shortly, according to a source briefed on the matter.
Ellsworth emerged as the favored candidate of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the White House in the immediate aftermath of Bayh’s stunning decision that he would not seek a third term.
And from Bil Browning we learn that Ellsworth has a whopping 30/100 record on gay rights – even the Republican Senator from Indiana beats him by a factor of two – and Ellsworth supporting putting anti-gay bigotry in the United States Constitution:
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT political organization, ranks Ellsworth as one of the ten worst Democratic Congress members when it comes to LGBT issues; he scored a meager 30 out of 100 possible points.
Asked how the organization would react if Ellsworth were chosen as the Democratic nominee, Michael Cole, spokesperson for HRC, said, “We do not generally get involved in these types of state party decisions. During his 2006 campaign, Brad Ellsworth voiced his support for the federal marriage amendment, making him ineligible for our endorsement.”
Motivating the Party Faithful
Senator Bayh, on the other hand, earned 90 points on the same ranking and even Republican Senator Richard Lugar scored 60. After Bayh announced he wouldn’t seek re-election, the Indiana Stonewall Democrats chapter praised Bayh’s commitment to LGBT rights.
It’s pretty deplorable that being an anti-gay bigot doesn’t seem to matter to the White House or the DSCC. But I’m sure they’ll be looking for your money to help this homophobe, so he can get into office and screw the Obama administration on every campaign promise they’ve ever made. As we’ve said before, it’s time to take the pledge to stop donating to the Democratic party until they keep their promises to our community.
Ellsworth, as many of you know, is a Blue Dog who voted against the stimulus package, voted for Stupak [anti-abortion], voted against federal funding for stem cell research three years ago, voted for the GOP motion to recommit on health care reform [i.e., to kill HCR]. Yes on FISA [domestic spying], Yes on the bailouts, Yes on the war supplemental, No on Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009. As Taniel pointed out in Quick Hits this morning, he is as far to the right as you can get for a potential Senate Democrat. He’s a virtual Parker Griffith, the right-wing Democrat who just switched parties.