Given the eagerness with which gay activists supported Barack Obama’s presidential bid, let us hope they take heed of one of his first initiatives as president.Â He has promised greater transparency in government, committing to making “his administration the most open and transparent in history.”
Now, months after reporters tried to find out who was serving on the “No on 8” campaign’s executive committee, intrepid and persistent blogger Michael Petrelis “found and published” the names of the the 16 ‘principal officers’ on that committee.Â It doesn’t seem to include any Republicans* and reads like a Who’s Who of the gay left.
They kept this list under wraps for the duration of the campaign. Can you imagine the outcry if a political candidate kept secret the names of his campaign team?
By hiding the names, they made it much more difficult for us to hold them to account for failing to defeat Prop 8.Â Par for the course with these guys who would rather attack their adversaries than engage in introspection and figure out what went wrong with their campaign.Â Seeing Lorri Jean, chief executive of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, on the list, theÂ LA Weekly‘s Patrick Range McDonald reminds us that she:
was incredibly quick to divert all attention away from the failures of the “No on 8” campaign — which were many — and point the finger at the Mormon church. Jean, if you remember, first started the Mormon backlash on Wednesday, November 5 at a rally in West Hollywood, whipping people up and announcing a demonstration at the Los Angeles Mormon Temple on Thursday, November 6. She continued with her anti-Mormon rant for the next several days whenever she could grab a microphone.
Guess these people would rather attack their adversaries than admit their mistakes or promote their cause.
*I’m still looking into this.Â I have not been able to confirm that there are no Republicans on the list, but those I know are clearly on the left of the political spectrum and others work for left-wing organizations.Â I was able to find that of the names with which I was not familiar, a few had given to Democratic candidates.Â If you have any evidence to contradict my assumption that there are no Republicans or conservatives on the list, please let me know.Â Thanks.