Tuesday, November 3, 2009

David Mixner: President Obama "Zero Help" in Maine

In his blog post "Maine, Obama and the LGBT Community", longtime activist David Mixner called Obama and his administration out on their lack of involvement and support for the LGBT population and their efforts to win equality in Maine.
. . . President Obama and his team were zero help in this critical battle and in the last week might actually have hurt us. That is a fact.

Despite repeated pleas for assistance from this community from the start of the campaign, he chose to ignore every opportunity to grant us such relief. At the recent Human Rights Campaign dinner he never said the word "Maine" once. The most we were able to get out of the White House office of communications was that he was opposed to such efforts. Try weaving that into a powerful ad or robo-calling!

However, practicing benign neglect was not the end of it. This past week, Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States in the state of Maine said that this administration had no position on the ballot measure. Read that sentence again carefully. Our nation's chief law enforcement officer and the president's hand picked choice said that the issue was just not that important to this administration!


You have to be totally operating on blind faith if you believe that President Obama and his team cannot make a difference. Tragically if we lose closely, that defeat almost can be laid at the steps of the White House for their refusal to stand by our side in the battle for freedom. The Holder remark basically gave those Obama supporters and non-white voters permission to vote against our freedom. The Attorney General let them know that Obama didn't care one way or another so why should those voters change their votes? He gave their votes respectability which was devastating for our side.
Sadly, I have to agree with Mixner. But I've said my fair share about Obama and his lackluster support. No need to repeat myself, right?

Let's focus on the task at hand and GET OUR SUPPORTERS TO VOTE TODAY!

No matter where you live, you can help both Maine and Washington contact supporters and urge them to vote! You can do it from home! (And if you live in California, here are some more opportunities to help!)

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