Here’s yet another reason I’m going to let my Advocate subscription expire (again…. yeah, I’m such a fool).
The subject of their news alert was: Poor loser challenges lesbian primary win in Alabama. Honestly, the first question that popped into my mind was “when did Al Gore campaign against a lesbian in Alabama??”
The mother-in-law of a defeated legislative candidate challenged the outcome of a Democratic runoff election, claiming that the winner timed the filing of a campaign finance report to keep voters from learning she was supported by a pro-gay campaign fund. Retired beautician Mattie Childress asked the Democratic Party to review Patricia Todd’s slim victory over Gaynell Hendricks, who is married to Childress’s son.
Todd, who would be the first openly gay member of the Alabama legislature if elected, did not immediately return a telephone message Monday seeking comment. The challenge was filed late Thursday.
Todd led Hendricks by 59 votes in the July 18 Democratic runoff for house district 54, which includes much of Birmingham. Winning the runoff was tantamount to election since no Republican ran for the seat.
Now what prompted the editorial judgment of the Almighty Advocate to declare Hendricks a “poor loser.” Perhaps because Ms. Hendricks isn’t the Advocate’s candidate of choice? Hmmm, the MadLibDemLeft would never have a double standard would they?
I mean AlGore lost Florida by close to 400 votes (over 10,000 if CBS hadn’t jumped the gun in 2000) and he wasn’t a sore loser to the Advocate? For crying out loud, Gore caused a near Consitutional Crisis because of his sore loserism!
But a 59-vote margin should go uncontested?? Especially given some serious allegations of campaign finance fraud that at the least should be investigated.
In the election challenge, Childress claimed that the release of a campaign finance report by Todd was timed to prevent voters from knowing that Todd received a $25,000 contribution from the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. Voters also didn’t know that Todd made payments of $12,750 to two primary opponents who endorsed her, according to the challenge.
Now I’m all for more gays and lesbians getting elected to office, but not through cuteness, trickery and concealing campaign finance documents. In fact, there is probably a higher standard for gay and lesbian public officials that was similar to women in the 1970s, for example.
It will be interesting to see how this ends up. For now, it is another item for the Advocate Watch.