Lesbian activist, Gay vet refused admission to DCCC fundraising event with Obama

UPDATE: Got this statement from the DCCC:

DCCC spokesman Ryan Rudominer said, “Ms. Diaz called on Friday and said she may be interested in attending the event with a guest. However, Ms. Diaz did not confirm attendance, payment was not submitted, and no information was provided for vetting.”

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We learned that two LGBT leaders, Itzel Diaz and Anthony Woods, were denied access to the DCCC’s fundraising event with President Obama in Miami today.

Anthony is well known to readers of AMERICAblog. Last year, we supported his campaign for Congress in California. He’s an Army veteran who was kicked out of the military under “don’t ask, don’t tell.” My interview with Anthony is here.

Itzel is a leader in the Miami LGBT community. She sent her information to the DCCC by the deadline on Friday at 5pm. She was paying to attend the event and bringing Anthony as her guest. She also spoke with the DCCC RSVP contact and was told there was room for both to attend. She simply needed to send her info over by the deadline (which she did) and it would be sent to the White House for clearance. The DCCC informed her that she would hear back from them at 11 am today. However, when they did not call at 11 am, Itzel phoned the DCCC and was informed that they were both denied access by the White House.

Yes, according to the DCCC, the White House did not want Itzel and Anthony at the event. Makes me think the President doesn’t want to have to defend his inaction on DADT.

This is very interesting to say the least.

Next year, of coures, Team Obama will be begging LGBT donors to come to his events. But, for now, they don’t want us around.


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