Calling the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) “the nation’s largest gay Democratic Party front group,” left-of-center gay blogger Michael Petrelis echoes Andrew Sullivan’s criticism of its president, Joe Solmonese, and calls on the Obama Administration shill to resign:
I cannot accept the notion that Solmonese is among the best and the brightest gay leaders, worthy of following in any political battle before us. He was just okay during the Bush/Cheney years, but is totally unequipped to get assertive with President Barack Obama and his advisors.
Let Solmonese step down from HRC and go back to working on abortion rights. And, please, dear Gay Gods, let HRC find a new leader with a backbone and real pride, someone non-HRC donors can respect.
And someone who is more interested on advancing gay interests than denigrating Republican ones. Solmonese, a former “CEO of EMILY’s List, where he oversaw the effort to elect progressive [read: Democratic], pro-choice women across the country,” sees more interested in building “partnerships” with his erstwhile (and ever) allies on the left than in reaching out beyond the narrow confines of left-wing circles.
Now even left-wingers are finding Solmonese’s strategy to be a fail.