The fallout from Maryland Delegate Sam Arora’s betrayal of his own campaign supporters grows. Arora was a marriage equality supporter during his recent campaign for the Maryland House of Delegates, but now, since his church reportedly strong-armed him, he’s voting “born-again” and doesn’t want to “redefine marriage.” Funny that he chose to redefine himself after he cashed your checks.
And now, a key ally and donor is publicly breaking with Arora, and asking for his money back.
We’ve posted the entire list of donors here – please contact them and ask them to add their name to the list of donors who want their money back (have them contact me). Here is Karl Frisch’s open letter to his friend Sam Arora:
Removing Sam Arora’s Knife From My Back
In 2010, I had three friends running for state legislature — one in Vermont and two in Maryland. I don’t typically donate much money directly to candidates but I was excited at the prospect of seeing my progressive friends elected to their respective state legislatures, so I chipped in what I could. In the end, two of my three friends were victorious.
It is now March 2011, and the Maryland House of Delegates is considering legislation, passed narrowly by the State Senate, that would bring marriage equality to the Old Line State.
My friend Sam Arora campaigned in 2010 as an advocate for marriage equality in Maryland, and after he was elected he even co-sponsored legislation to that end.
My how things have changed.
As Joe and John noted on AMERICAblog yesterday, Sam now refuses to say whether or not he will vote for final passage of the bill and will only commit to voting it out of committee.
Sam has posted to his Facebook wall that he wants people to continue sharing their thoughts with him on this important issue. That request is disingenuous at best.
This morning, I spoke with a mutual friend who spoke yesterday to Sam about his pending vote. According to that friend, Sam told him point blank that he would be voting against marriage equality because he is born again and doesn’t want to redefine marriage.
I am sickened and I want my money back.
It may only be $100, but I refuse to support anyone who would align themselves with hate groups — yes, the national hate groups are in Maryland in force, and Sam is now aligning himself with them — especially after soliciting my support and the support of my community only months ago.
I call on everyone who donated even a penny to Sam’s campaign last year to join me in contacting his campaign and asking for their money back.
Sam may be free to lie to his friends and supporters, but we don’t have to rubberstamp his betrayal.
The first step is getting our money back. The second step is giving that money to a progressive pro-marriage equality Democrat who will challenge Sam in his 2012 primary.
It’s obviously sad when a friend disappoints you. But sadness cannot and should not lead to inaction. True friendship means telling a friend they’re wrong when they’re wrong. And Sam couldn’t be more wrong.
Here’s Karl’s email demanding his money back:
11:59 AM (1 hour ago)
I would like a refund of my $100 donation. I am sickened that you will be voting against marriage equality and can’t support someone who would betray me, my gay friends that also supported you, and the broader LGBT community. You have told mutual friends of ours that you will be voting against marriage equality and I just can’t support that — not now, in the future, or in the past. You can mail a check made payable to “Karl Frisch” to:
Washington, DC 20009