Yesterday, when I saw an e-mail from “Equality California” (EqCA) entitled “Prop. 8 supporter’s TV ads start today” in my inbox, I thought the missive’s text might provide fodder for a post allowing me to agree with that left-wing gay group. I mean, why would a Prop 8 supporter run ads for an initiative that voters have long since approved?
The body of the e-mail, however, had nothing to do with Proposition 8. You see, Geoff Kors, Executive Director of EqCA is upset that Meg Whitman, a candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of this great state has, in his words,
. . . launched a multi-million dollar media blitz. She is trying to buy the governor’s office with ads that fail to tell the true story about who she really is – an anti-equality candidate who has fought to eliminate the rights of LGBT people in an attempt to drum up conservative support to win an election.
In other words, this accomplished CEO has started running ads promoting her candidacy and she’s not talking about gay marriage. And while that may get Mr. Kors panties in a bundle, well, I think it’s a good thing. I don’t think candidates for Governor should make opposition to gay marriage the focus of their campaigns. Instead, she’s talking about the state’s problems and putting forward her ideas on how to make California golden once again.
Yeah, Meg Whitman supported Prop 8. And while I like much of what she’s been saying, I’m not ready to endorse her, remaining undecided in the gubernatorial contest. Before I make up my mind, I want to hear her stand on the state’s landmark domestic partnership program. I’d be more likely to support her if she addressed that program as Scott Brown addressed gay marriage in his state: calling it “settled law.”That said, Mr. Kors sure is upset that Meg Whitman’s not bringing up Prop 8 in the election. You’d think a gay leader would be pleased that a Republican candidate is steering clear of gay issues, particularly when that candidate supported said popular initiative.
It is a strange obsession indeed. And this is not the first time Mr. Kors has brought up Miss Whitman in his e-mail diatribes.
Methinks ol’ Geoff is so obsessed with this accomplished CEO because he knows that should she win election to the Golden State Governor’s mansion, his influence in the state capital would wane. He has spent so much time bashing Republicans and coddling Democrats, that he surely would not find welcome within a GOP gubernatorial Administration.
Perhaps, he might be better able to reach out to a resurgent Republican Party if he took the time to understand Republican ideas and so learned how to reach across the aisle. In so doing, he might also be better able to reach out to GOP voters in a campaign to repeal Prop. 8.