I’ve been holding onto this story (thanks to Peter Hughes for the link!) for a few days….
Obama’s Gay Gold Mine – LA Weekly
During this long and bare-knuckled presidential-primary season, a campaign will get nowhere without very big money. And next to New York City, Southern California — more precisely, the Westside of Los Angeles — is the land cash-hungry politicians never ignore. But only a handful of people in this town have the contacts and relationships to deliver the big checks. It’s an elite world, and one that Jeremy Bernard and Rufus Gifford are capable of dominating.
It’s the kind of night they signed up for a year ago, when they decided to work for Obama. Hillary Clinton’s campaign offered them a job too, and for more money, but Bernard and Gifford just couldn’t see themselves raising the big bucks for a candidate who they felt was largely running on Bill Clinton’s presidential record, which wasn’t always good to gays.
On February 1, 2007, Bernard and Gifford went to work, but the campaign infrastructure for Obama in California was sketchy. “There was nothing,” Bernard says. Veteran political operative Mitchell Schwartz, for example — who has worked for Barbara Boxer, Bill Clinton and Gray Davis, among others — wasn’t hired as the California political director until August. With the help of a few other true believers, Bernard and Gifford took on the added duties of advance men, political strategists — and even Obama’s bodyguards, when he came to California during those first six months.
Clearly the gays have moved from Hillary to Obama.
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