A reader alerted me to a Washington Post story about a response Sharron Angle gave to a questionnaire from a social conservative organization. The Nevada Republican U.S. Senate nominee answered “Yes” to this question:
In reference to question 35A, Intel Corporation supports “equal rights for gays” and offers benefits to “partners” of homosexual employees. Would you refuse funds from this corporate PAC?
First, I’m just wondering if the MSM reporters are rooting around in the candidate questionnaires of Democratic candidates looking for extreme answers. Second, this is a pretty stunning answer. Now, I doubt the candidate herself filled out the form, probably delegated it to some campaign flunky. (Note how Democrats use this excuse all the time when Republicans discover potentially damaging answers on their questionnaires.)
That said, she did sign off on it. But does she mean it? Given how many corporations offer benefits to same-sex partners of their employees, it’s probably safe to say that several may have already donated to her campaign. Has her campaign been refusing checks from such corporations?
Her campaign should clarify that the response was just an error made by an overzealous staffer. If it doesn’t, this response could hurt her with a lot of Americans in the middle who are neither pro-gay nor anti-gay, but who wonder at a candidate who objects overmuch to a private corporation, without influence from government, determining, on its own, the best way to treat its gay employees.
In her campaign, Ms. Angle has done a good job rallying the Tea Party folk who believe the government is doing too much and who trust the private sector to make the right choices. Her answer to this question suggests she scorns private corporations who make certain decisions in setting corporate policy.
She would help her campaign if she would say as much and change the answer to the question. If not she risks ceding the election to a politician, increasingly unpopular in his own state and is out of touch with his constituents on nearly every issue.