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Solmonese Must Address Evidence HRC is Behind Bogus Blog

Since Joe Solmonese was appointed executive director of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) last year, we have been critical of his selection and of his leadership. He came from EMILY’s List, a partisan Democratic organization. At HRC, he has been quick to criticize the Bush Administration & the GOP and eager to ally himself with left-wing groups*, many of which have partisan Democratic agendae, few of which are active in promoting pro-gay policies.

HRC’s very selection process ensured that the organization’s new leader would be a Democratic partisan. In the aftermath of an election in which approximately one in four gay and lesbian Americans voted to reelect a Republican president, HRC included only one Republican on its 24-member committee to pick its new leader. And that ostensible Republican only gave money to Democratic candidates.

Under Solmonese’s leadership, the group removed the word “bipartisan” from its Mission Statement and removed a press release entitled, “Alito’s Gay Support Raises Hope.” While the release still shows up when one searches HRC’s web-site for Alito, when you click on the title of that press release you get this message: “HTTP/1.1 404 Object Not Found.”

Despite evidence that the President’s then-nominee for the Supreme Court, current Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr, was broad-minded on gay issues, HRC, likely removed its favorable release when they joined a chorus of liberal groups opposing his confirmation. His pro-gay statements and attitudes mattered less to this gay rights’ organization than his conservative judicial philosophy. (I have a copy of the release in my files.)

And now one blogger has uncovered evidence that suggests HRC may be behind a web-site,, that attempted to capitalize on the Foley scandal. On Saturday, reader Brit noted a link in Ace’s blog to a new blog Stop October Surprises which traced the anti-Foley blog to HRC.

Despite Joe Solmonese’s liberal record, there is no evidence linking him to the blog. Still, there is some pretty substantial evidence suggesting that HRC’s employees have been involved in a dirty political campaign designed to hurt the GOP. Many on the gay left are up in arms that closeted gay people are working for conservative Republicans. Now, it seems that some on the gay left are behind a closet attempt to hurt the GOP. And so far, gay organizations have been silent.

As head of HRC, Joe Solmonese must order an immediate investigation to find who was using its ISP on behalf of the bogus blog. If it turns out they were employees of his organization, he must fire them.

HRC has every right to pursue a left-wing agenda. But, it should refrain from such underhanded political tricks. That is why Joe Solmonese needs to address the evidence that someone is using his group’s ISP to set up a bogus blog. He needs to make clear that he disapproves of such underhanded tactics, even when they’re used against his political adversaries.

– B. Daniel Blatt (

* via The Malcontent‘s Robbie.



  1. And In Related News, The Sky Is Blue…

    In my opinion, the question was never if HRC was supporting Rogers and Aravosis — but when, how often, and how much….

    Trackback by North Dallas Thirty — October 24, 2006 @ 7:49 pm - October 24, 2006

  2. Makes me want to give more money to HRC…!! But the fact of the matter–which everyone except you people seems to know–is that it wasn’t HRC. It was someone connected to the site who read email from it. And that person maybe works at HRC. I say “maybe” because I have absolutely no reason to believe any of this “evidence”.

    Dallas thinks there’s a gay cabal in DC, huh?

    I’m sorry, but what’s the reason given for why anyone has to address anything but the evidence on Foley? And how is a blog bogus? In the short term that that blog has been in existence, it has made more of a splash than any of the whining on many gay blogs. MORE importantly, you act as if what the SSP blog did was something wrong, immoral, untoward, unethical or even criminal. No, that would be the conduct of Foley and Cover-Up Friends.

    No one has anything to address in this matter except those called to and attending the hearings. Nice try at smearing HRC, but if anyone from HRC is behind the blog site, they should be applauded. Ask the parents of pages and future pages if they would have preferred for the info to never have emerged. Republicans weren’t doing anything about Foley, until it was made public. Kudos to the SSP blog.

    Comment by sean — October 24, 2006 @ 8:06 pm - October 24, 2006

  3. It’s hard to believe on an organizational level HRC would do this. But the email tracing is curious. A quick look at the Stop Sex Predators shows the author carefully choose his words. This doesn’t seem like the voice of someone trying to stop a grave injustice. ie: “how the heck” “the media is our best hope for the truth getting out”.

    If true, it would be a new low for gay rights groups.

    Comment by sandy — October 24, 2006 @ 8:16 pm - October 24, 2006

  4. GPW: could you explain what exactly are the dirty tricks being played here? If someone set up a blog and used it to expose the GOP cover-up of a under-age-attracted Congressman, how exactly is this a dirty trick? And because an HRC-affiliated person (maybe) is related to that blog, this implicates Solmonese how? And can you explain how you leapfrogged from “someone at an HRC IP read a StopSexPredators email” to “HRC is Behind Bogus Blog”?

    Comment by torrentprime — October 24, 2006 @ 8:31 pm - October 24, 2006

  5. Mr. Blatt didn’t accuse HRC of creating the blog, but rather is calling on the HRC to determine who used its computing resources to create the blog and let those people go.

    Comment by Bla — October 24, 2006 @ 8:49 pm - October 24, 2006

  6. Too bad HRC wasn’t around in 1983 to protect the pages from the predations of under-age-attracted Congressman Gary Studds. Unfortunately for the pages and parents of pages, his behavior was rewarded by the DEMs and at the end of the day we ended up with Foley. I suggest that if Studds had gotten the Foley treatment, Foley would have been deterred.

    Comment by BoBo — October 24, 2006 @ 8:52 pm - October 24, 2006

  7. Torrentprime has the right idea.

    The blog was in no way associated officially or unofficially by HRC.

    The person may or may not have used HRC computing resources, but then again who here hasn’t used company resources for their bit of blogging? Or is everyone who posts here during the day either independently wealthy or a perpetual student and doesn’t work, works independently and so can use moments during the day to do their blogging, or carries a separate laptop with an independent internet connection for this?

    The blogger exposed a grievous moral wrong (and potentially illegal actions) that had been continuing for years and was as well covered up by Republican leaders?

    You’re going to post, despite the long unethical Republican cover-up of continuing immoral acitivites, that Joe Solomnese is somehow at fault for anything?

    Is that either self-serving or just a continued thread of Republican bad ethics? Cause it sure isn’t anything else.

    Comment by Just A Question — October 24, 2006 @ 9:22 pm - October 24, 2006

  8. I never said, Just A Question, that HRC was associated with the blog, merely called for Joe Solmonese to investigate, given that it appears his organization’s ISP was used for this smear.

    And there’s no evidence whatsoever of any GOP coverup of Foley’s activities. So, read my posts — and the news — and address the world as it is and not as you want it to be.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — October 24, 2006 @ 9:31 pm - October 24, 2006

  9. Just an question is Just an idiot ! Did the guy actually say the Foley nonsense was a grievance wrong . Aren’t we talking about dirty emails
    which was send back and forth mutually? Didn’t the pages considered it a joke on a some sad sack ? If you want utterly corrupt and wronged lets look at gay boys from Mass . Dem Gary Studds who had sex with a 17 year old page and took him to europe on the congressional dime , our money. And good old Barney, the idiot that had a male hustler ring run out of his house and fixed parking ticekts for him. Neither one of these corrupt creeps resigned and the brain dead Dems in Mass voted them back in ! Now that is uttterly corrupt for you !

    Comment by Bert — October 24, 2006 @ 10:29 pm - October 24, 2006

  10. #8. You are saying that no one in the Republican leadership knew about Foley’s behavior? Or are you saying that they did know and that they took appropriate action to stop it? I’m thinking that neither is correct. And so it looks like a cover up.

    What is this “smear”? How is telling the truth a “smear”?

    Comment by jimmy — October 24, 2006 @ 10:30 pm - October 24, 2006

  11. #9. Did Studds or Frank go on moral crusades about sex and young people? Just wondering. Because Foley did and his party does.

    Comment by jimmy — October 24, 2006 @ 10:32 pm - October 24, 2006

  12. While the HRC e-mail trace story is fascinating, I don’t understand how it fundamentally affects the truth behind Foley’s shenanigans. The core of the story is that he was known to be at best seriously misbehaving for years and people who were warned about it ignored it or actively covered it up solely for political gain. (Or to protect their own closets.) In my opinion, lying for political gain is worse than truthing for political gain every time. Also, I think to call political subterfuge, which every candidate and party has indulged in to some extent, a “closet” is a grotesque exaggeration and makes it seem like closeted politicians voting against gay rights are no worse than openly gay political operatives cleverly attempting to oust them.

    Comment by Matthew Rettenmund — October 24, 2006 @ 10:44 pm - October 24, 2006

  13. #11 jimmy- Apparently Studds was on a crusade to find teens, have sex with them and have the taxpayer pick up the tab. What a proud Democrat legacy!

    Comment by BoBo — October 24, 2006 @ 11:02 pm - October 24, 2006

  14. #13. So witty and clever, but the question wasn’t answered.

    Comment by jimmy — October 24, 2006 @ 11:05 pm - October 24, 2006

  15. #11. So are you saying that we shouldn’t expect Democrats to care about morals or young people?

    Comment by Bla — October 24, 2006 @ 11:45 pm - October 24, 2006

  16. The entire gay community should be asking Joe Solmonese how this can happen on HRC computers. Remember, this is supposed to be a non-partisan organization that supports “fair” candidates. At the very least, JS should have immediately released a statement that HRC is not involved.

    In regard to the Stop Sex Predator blog it starts off as a ‘gosh darnit sex predators are bad’. The blog is purposely designed to look amateurish, however subtle hints give it away:

    #1. No blog description: when creating a blogspot blog it asks you for a blog name and a description. Why would someone who has an issue to promote skip the description?

    #2. If this is an inexperienced blogger (no description, ‘edit me’ showing) they hyperlink way to often and to wikipedia. ie Aug 30th post on Gary Condit: hyperlinked to wiki separately are: Washington DC, intern, August 23, 2001, Assemblyman, Dennis Cardoza, etc.

    Like I said before, I can’t imagine this was done on an organization level, but if it was, it is disgraceful.

    Comment by sandy — October 25, 2006 @ 12:13 am - October 25, 2006

  17. #8: “I never said, Just A Question, that HRC was associated with the blog”

    Dan, your title certainly suggests that HRC is not just associated with the blog but that it is behind it:

    “Solmonese Must Address Evidence HRC is Behind Bogus Blog”

    Comment by Ian — October 25, 2006 @ 12:50 am - October 25, 2006

  18. I think, Ian, that if you can claim Larry Craig is a criminal, that GPW can, with far more evidence, write a title that indicates that the evidence is pointing to HRC’s involvement.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 25, 2006 @ 1:11 am - October 25, 2006

  19. They are just following O’Sullivan’s First Law:

    “All organizations that are not explicitly conservative become left-wing over time”

    The chances that HRC would not become leftwing were just about zero – and as the left is highly infected with rank dishonesty and, well, meaness of a stupendous order, it would also stand to reason that HRC would engage in dirty tricks in the by and by.

    Comment by Mark Noonan — October 25, 2006 @ 1:36 am - October 25, 2006

  20. Jimmy in #10, all the GOP leadership knew is that Foley was sending “overly friendly” e-mails. As of yet, no evidence has surfaced that any leading Republican knew of the sexual nature of his Instant Message conversations.

    Ian in #17, yes, there is evidence that HRC is behind the bogus blog, but evidence does not much something conclusive — as the text of the post indicates.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — October 25, 2006 @ 1:39 am - October 25, 2006

  21. No one has anything to address in this matter except those called to and attending the hearings.

    If what was done was soooo laudable, why are they hiding?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 25, 2006 @ 2:20 am - October 25, 2006

  22. #11
    go on moral crusades about sex and young people? Just wondering. Because Foley did and his party does.

    And that’s wrong how? You sure as hell won’t find libs doing anything about it. There’s no money in it. Will we see liberals joining the BSA to oppose gay Scout Masters?

    Not only that, but didn’t we all learn from lord BJ that what happened had nothing to do with how he did his job?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 25, 2006 @ 2:27 am - October 25, 2006

  23. And another thing:

    We found out last week that in the past five years, 200 teachers and administrators were charged with screwing around with students all in N.C. alone. Where are the libs on this if they actually give a damn about the children?

    Ooops! The NEA is involved. Can’t touch that issue with a 10′ dildo. Might lose cash.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 25, 2006 @ 2:32 am - October 25, 2006

  24. -And that’s wrong how? You sure as hell won’t find libs doing anything about it. There’s no money in it. Will we see liberals joining the BSA to oppose gay Scout Masters?-

    Why exactly would it be immoral for gays to be Scout Masters?

    Comment by Carl — October 25, 2006 @ 4:01 am - October 25, 2006

  25. [Comment deleted.  This commenter has been repeatedly banned.]

    Comment by m.croche — October 25, 2006 @ 6:20 am - October 25, 2006

  26. monsieur croche-of-the-lower-case-clan, no one except liberal gays are saying what Foley did wasn’t wrong, immoral, creepy, perverted, sick and an abuse of power… kind of like Presidents using the power of the Oval Office to get blowjobs from interns placed under his Administration’s care.

    The point is that this dirty trick comes str8 out of the HRC and the Democrats. We don’t need fingerprints– ’cause MikeRogers and JohnAvarosis and the HRC’s mitts are still holding on to it.

    Dan asked for the HRC’s chief apologist to explain. He’s asked that of LC(R) on other issues, too. He’s asked that of Geo Bush and other GOPers on a host of issues –if you care to look.

    Dan has been vocal about Foley’s behavior and condemning it. We know that –you knew that when you were using a different name to post here, too.

    But I doubt you care to look. You’ve got a long-standing reputation as a partisan liberal anti-Bush troll on a lot of other blogs, croche. The nice thing about the InterNet is that, unlike CBS producers shredding incriminating evidence, you can’t hide from YOUR past.

    croche, did they actually create the Name-a-Troll-Week in your honor? LOL

    And for readers here, it seems that m.croche has some interesting character traits…

    1) he likes to quote German and pontificate about proper translations;
    2) he like to reference obscure writings and appear to be an expert;
    3) the #1 response to his comments is “Did you even read the post?”
    4) he projects himself as an expert on “the law”
    5) fellow commenters call him arrogant, presumptive, insecure
    6) he spends time in Germany.

    As the ChurchLady would opine: “Hmmm, now who does THAT sound like to you all?”

    Having problems getting your mind around his identity? Try this vintage m.croche retort

    Right, raj baby is back in another vestige of pedantic baiting, taunting.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 25, 2006 @ 8:41 am - October 25, 2006

  27. btw, in that last referenced classic retort involving m.croche, one of the commenters offers this gem:

    “According to Google, M. Croche was the handle under which Debussy wrote opera criticism. The word croche means quarter-note. If there is a single individual now using the name in the blogosphere, he’s violated one of the rules of proper nicknonymity by posting with varying email addresses.”

    Gotta love it, raj has been getting busted for more than 2 years on the InterNet for using varying names, email addresses, twarting efforts of bloghosts to block his access and just being a jerk.

    I know pathetic gets overused here, but that is THE definition of pathetic.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 25, 2006 @ 9:11 am - October 25, 2006

  28. Was?

    Comment by mike — October 25, 2006 @ 10:25 am - October 25, 2006

  29. “The email exchanges in question between former Congressman Mark Foley and a House page have been in the possession of bloggers and media outlets for some time now. Yesterday, it came to our attention that an HRC employee, hired just last month to work for us in Michigan, was responsible for initially posting these emails on his blog. We investigated the matter, determined that HRC resources had been inappropriately used, and let him go. No one at the Human Rights Campaign, other than this individual, had any knowledge of his activities,” said Brad Luna, Spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign.

    Comment by Brad Luna -- Human Rights Campaign — October 25, 2006 @ 11:46 am - October 25, 2006

  30. Matt, you rock!

    I loved this tart description of rajcroche, by XLRQ: “Usually pompous, often pretentious, and always misses the point.”

    Comment by Calarato — October 25, 2006 @ 12:49 pm - October 25, 2006

  31. I knew m. croche’s real name was “Clod,” but I didn’t know he was also Raj. Figures.

    Comment by Xrlq — October 25, 2006 @ 1:30 pm - October 25, 2006

  32. Our favorite ambulance chaser raj de la croche is back. Many time wasting faux seriuos rambings ahead.

    Comment by BoBo — October 25, 2006 @ 1:33 pm - October 25, 2006

  33. Xrlq, I didn’t know you read BFT or this blog. I’ve seen you on Patterico (where I occasionally lurk). Welcome!

    Comment by Calarato — October 25, 2006 @ 3:13 pm - October 25, 2006

  34. M. Croche obviously hasn’t read my posts. I have criticized Foley’s behavior from the moment I started blogging about it. The point I have made in my comments above was that the House leadership did not know about the sexual nature of his Instant Message communications.

    I will have more to say on Brad Luna’s comment as soon as I confirm it.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — October 25, 2006 @ 3:26 pm - October 25, 2006

  35. Xrlq, I assume the finger’s better now?

    Comment by rightwingprof — October 25, 2006 @ 5:12 pm - October 25, 2006

  36. #24
    Why exactly would it be immoral for gays to be Scout Masters?

    The point is that libs have opposed the BSA because they don’t allow gay SM’s. Now they’ve supposedly got their panties in a bunch over a man sending lurid messages to “minors”. Logically, they’d have to now oppose gay SM’s and their buddies in NAMBLA.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 26, 2006 @ 4:30 am - October 26, 2006

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