Friday, October 27, 2006

Give Til It Hurts Baby

Hey guys,
I hate to bug people about politics, I know that it is a personal issue for many folks, and that it isn’t always an appropriate conversation for work, but I’m going to take this one moment to talk to some of my friends here and ask you for a favor.

Marilyn Musgrave from Colorado is one of the most reprehensible members of Congress. The original author of the Constitutional amendment against gay marriage, Musgrave is a smug, raving bible-thumper who holds an exaggerated importance in national politics. The darling of the religious right, she is an endless campaigner against equal rights for gays and lesbians, a reflexive defender of the hideously incompetent leadership in Congress, and was recently named by C.R.E.W. as one of the thirteen most corrupt members of the House. I’ve no love for lots of politicians, but Musgrave is as bad as it gets, a deeply stupid, self-righteous and petty woman who, amongst other crimes, spearheaded the Republican intervention into the case of Terry Schiavo and spoke lovingly and longingly of Tom Delay after he was indicted for money laundering. Musgrave was asked recently at a forum of the religious right in Washington what the greatest threat to America was, and her response was gay marriage. That’s right, forget terrorism, forget Iraq, forget economic insecurity or the deficit or corporate corruption, what matters to her more then anything is the sex life of queers.

She’s got to go.

Fortunately, unlike most of the truly bad actors in Washington, Musgrave does not have a secure seat. Her mostly rural Colorado seat has been drifting somewhat more Democratic, and with the forming tidal wave against the Republicans this year, she might be knocked off. Luckily, she has a great opponent, a woman by the name of Angie Paccione. Angie is a former pro basketball player from the South Bronx and a public school teacher who is the Democratic leader in the Colorado House. She’s not as liberal as I might be (hell, she is from Colorado) but she is a true progressive leader in that state, with a proven record of support for everything from better education to environmental protection to minority rights. How can you not love a woman who dresses like a high school basketball coach?

The really good news is that she can win. A poll was released yesterday showing her up three points against Musgrave, and every recent poll in the district has shown this to be a dead heat. So here’s where the hard pitch comes in. Today is the last day that you can effectively give money to a campaign. Campaigns across the nation will be making their final ad buying decisions this weekend, so money after today will not be helpful before the election. The Republican National Committee has dumped 1.5 million bucks into this district, because they are so worried about Musgrave losing. Please consider making a donation to Angie’s campaign. I don’t care if it’s five bucks, or five hundred. This is something you can do, a direct action that will positively impact the direction of this nation. Musgrave’s loss would carry huge symbolic importance. This is a woman who carved out her name on gay bashing. Sending her back to Colorado in disgrace would send the message loud and clear that thumping queers as a political strategy no longer works. Here’s the link:

And remember, early voting has already started! You can vote at the L.A. Central Library from now until the Sunday before the election. It only takes a few minutes, and you get a sticker!

Spencer Windes
P.S. Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you think might care about it.
P.P.S. I promise not to bug you for at least two more years.


Anonymous said...

Hopefully the Ted Haggard mess that is currently unfolding will take some of the wind out of the evangelicals' political sails on Tuesday. The other race I'm following closely is Patty Wetterling vs. Michele Bachmann in MN (vacated by Mark Kennedy, running for Senate). Bachmann gave her "testimony" at an evangelical church ("God called me to run for Congress") and the pastor endorsed her (it wasn't the church, it was the pastor endorsing her. Yeah, right). In a debate last week, a reporter asked her if her denomination (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, a very conservative branch of Lutheranism) believes that the Pope is the antichrist. She denied it, but her church's website confirms it. Either she lied or she's ignorant. I hope she loses big time on Tuesday.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So there has been a lot of outing of powerful gays in the last few months. While I’m in favor of exposing hypocrisy, I wonder if we are making coming out harder by increasing the stigma and drama of those who are forced out. I'd love to hear your take on this turn in the culture war.

4:47 PM  

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