It seems that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger can’t do anything to please Geoff Kors, Executive Director of Equality California, an organization seeking “to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.” Although the Governor has signed a number of pro-gay bills and made clear his support for the state’s landmark domestic partnership program, Kors seems more concerned about that pesky little (R) after the governor’s name.
As BoiFromTroy has shown, under Kors’ leadership, Equality California has is not much more than a group of “Democrat Hacks.” Kors shows his partisan animosity yet again in a release faulting the Golden State GOP for hiring a social conservative lobbyist to promote the governor to this constiuency.
While Kors calls the appointment of Ben Lopez, who has lobbied for Lou Sheldon’s “Traditional Values Coalition,” an “affront, not just to the LGBT community, but to all fair-minded Californians who oppose the manipulative,” he doesn’t point to any statements (or policies) by the governor or the state GOP to show how they amounts (as Kors claim) to “breach of their promise to our community.” Both the governor and state GOP party Chair Duf Sundheim have touted the state GOP’s inclusion.
It seems to be that by bringing on Lopez, the party is being inclusive of social conservatives. His appointment is hardly a breach of any promise.
Kors’ anger, however, seems to be misplaced and seems to be more a part of his general animosity toward Republicans. It’s one thing to hire a lobbyist who has worked for an anti-gay outfit. It’s quite another to put forward anti-gay policies. As Governor of the Golden State, Arnold Schwarzenegger has a solid record of tolerance and understanding on gay issues. He has reached out to the gay community, included gay men and lesbians on his team and in his Administration and signed a great variety of bills which benefit gay and lesbian Californians.
Instead of getting his panties all in a bundle over this one appointment, Kors should look at Schwarzenegger’s overall record. And if he were not so intolerant of Republicans, he might acknowledge that Repubilcan’s accomplishments.
But, then again, it’s just par for the course that leaders for gay rights’ organizations to judge a politician less by his actual record than by his political affiliation. And to these narrow-minded leftists, the letter R after a politician’s name killeth.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com
UPDATE (08-23): BoifromTroy notes that the California GOP has fired Lopez. LIke me, he wonders what “Equality California was so upset about in the first place.“:
The State party didn’t hire Lopez because it and the Governor believed in all of the nefarious things which TVC [Traditional Values Coalition] promotes. Rather, Victory ‘06 had to hire someone like Lopez to “shore up the base” precisely because Governor Schwarzenegger does not promote such an agenda!