Campaign 2010 -by LezGetReal
by Melanie Nathan on 03.26.2010; Ultimately best for LGBT equality and interest will be the Candidate most likely to beat Rob Portman, the Republican. After all in this climate and obstructionist frame, what could be worse than a Republican. So LGBT be sure to rally behind your ultimate candidate, but in the meantime choose wisely in the Primary:-
In the spirit of Party unity, the Ohio Democratic Party will not endorse either Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in the upcoming primary election.
“The party remains neutral in the primary and united toward defeating Rob Portman and winning at all levels in November.”
In a press release, Brunner said: “I am pleased that the voters, not the party elite, will decide this contest.”
Her campaign had launched an e-mail campaign with her supporters urging executive committee members not to endorse. Her campaign said supporters sent more than 74,000 e-mails to executive committee members.
The questions remains will Lezgetreal make an endorsement?
1. Jennifer Brunner - deals on her website with cryptic comments, but refers to her detailed articles as referenced below.
I support Marriage Equality as a matter of civil rights.
Civil rights, including marriage for same sex and transgendered couples, and protections in equality regarding employment, housing and equal protection under the law must be specifically guaranteed for persons who identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered. These are human rights. People of LGBT identity and their families must be specifically guaranteed equal rights, so that they can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
Please read my statements on marriage equality and civil rights:
What’s there to “Get” about Marriage Equality?
Jennifer Brunner Calls on State and Federal Legislators to Support Pending Civil Rights Legislation
2. Lee Fisher – website on equality deals in detail with all the issues:-
Lee Fisher supports marriage equality. Believing in equal protection under the law, Lee believes that government has no business preventing Americans from entering into committed relationships and denying them basic rights, such as hospital visitation. Lee also supports the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of sexual orientation. Lee campaigned against the amendment to the Ohio Constitution that denied marriage equality, and as a member of the U.S. Senate, he would oppose any attempt to amend the U.S. Constitution to discriminate against or deny rights to any group of people.
Clearly both are good advocates for LGBT equality. It seems it could be a tie from an LGR perspective hence we have written this as a post to invite those constituents or non constituentsto weigh in on how an LGBT person in Ohio should vote. This may well mean keeping an eye on who is more likely to bring down the Republican.
Mark Naymik, Cleveland.com - “Republicans interviewed by Quinnipiac University were more committed, with 41 percent siding with former Cincinnati congressman and Bush administration official Rob Portman, who is the only Republican actively campaigning for the seat. Ohio Auditor Mary Taylor drew 33 percent of the vote though she remains undecided about running. The poll interviewed 463 Republicans and has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.
In head-to-head matchups, Democrats Fisher and Brunner each topped Portman and Taylor, according to the poll’s survey of 1,299 voters. That poll carries a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.”
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