If I did not, on occasion, check Pam Spaulding’s blog, I would have been unaware that Michelangelo Signorile had hosted a LGBT Leadership Townhall meeting on Thursday afternoon (EST). Well, it’s probably for the best, given that of the seven speakers (counting Signorile), none were Republicans. If the organizers of this town hall had wished to accurately reflect the diversity of our community, they would have included at least two Republicans on the panel.
In a post on the summit, Pam reports how she took HRC President Joe Solmonese to task
over his definitive statement at the HRC Carolinas dinner that DADT will be repealed in 2010. . . . He couldn’t unring the bell, so his position now is he still believes, not knows, it will be repealed, which clearly isn’t what he’s been telling donors.
Kudos to Pam for (yet again) exposing how the HRC head bends over backwards to please his Democratic Party patrons. Here’s the real news that came out of the summit:
. . . SLDN has been put in the dog house by the admin because it has been openly critical of the manipulation going on. It’s looking petty and juvenile, in my opinion. Leaving SLDN out of meetings with Jim Messina regarding DADT is ludicrous, so HRC was the “good, compliant gay org” invited. Don’t you remember Obama asking people to challenge him to do the right thing? Well, look what it got SLDN.
Now, Pam and I don’t agree about too much, but it seems we both hold SLDN in pretty high regard. And yet, the White House, until very recently as per another Pam post, has shut them out merely for standing up for the principles and asking the president on a promise he made as a candidate. Seems this Administration shows its pettiness even to its erstwhile supporters.
There were plenty of barbs sent Solmonese’s way, including a pointed question from Get Equal’s Robin McGehee, who asked if Solmonese and HRC’s David Smith would resign if key LGBT legislative priorities are not achieved this year. Solmonese responded that his continued employment is up to the HRC board. (Note from Pam -Joe has apparently opened the door for the LGBT community to give the board independent feedback on his performance)
It is too bad gay leaders can hold onto their jobs even in the absence of real accomplishments. Well, as one less conservatively inclined gay friend once replied when I asked him to detail HRC’s accomplishments, “They do raise a lot of money.”