This week we decided to focus our 2010 election efforts on defeating incumbent Senators Barbara Boxer of California and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. The two of them are among the fourteen Senators who voted against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.
Their opponents are Carly Fiorina and Ron Johnson, respectively.
Carly supported and voted for Proposition 8 while Barbara Boxer was a vocal opponent of it. Ron Johnson supports marriage between a man and a woman along with 60%+ of his fellow Wisconsinites, who went to the polls in 2006 to approve a statewide ban on same-sex marriage by nearly 2/3rds.
Accordingly, we have donated to their campaigns and intend on doubling, if not tripling, our contributions in the coming weeks. We are also pushing our newest video on the Internet.
This year we have a real chance to vote them out of office. It is our goal to work and to continue to work to ensure that each politician who voted against the Defense of Marriage Act is voted out of office.
|Republican Dino Rossi is challenging incumbent Democrat |
Patty Murray in a close senate race in Washington.
Patty Murray has been rated 100% by the Human Rights Campaign, which means her support for gay rights goes well beyond 'rights'.
Although there is no right to same-sex marriage, Patty Murray continues to think otherwise.
As a side front along these same lines, we've decided to reach out to Boxer and Feingold's small donors. We feel as though these people can't fully understand to whom they are donating their money. If they did, then we don't see any conceivable circumstance that they would continue donating to them.
Using a similar strategy thought up by advocates of same-sex marriage in Washington State in the Referendum 71 battle, we will be using public records available from the Federal Elections Commission and encourage people to hold their neighbors accountable. We are going to be asking people to explain themselves.
In our view, if you support a politician who votes away the foundations of our country one vote at a time, then you are just as guilty and you have some explaining to do. This is no longer just an issue of supporting one party over another. There are bad politicians in both parties.
This is not a call for violence or confrontation. This is a call for civil engagement. If someone in your neighborhood is donating to someone like California Senator Barbara Boxer or Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold or Washington Senator Patty Murray, it isn't out of malice or disdain of country. We truly believe they have the best of intentions.
However, they do not know thy senator. Thus, we've begun using the #KnowThySenator hashtag on our Twitter posts for this topic and we will engage them and ask them for an explanation for their political actions.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in Doe V. Reed that the names of those who sign a petition can not be hidden from the public eye. In that April, 2010 ruling, Justice Alito wrote ''Requiring people to stand up in public for their political acts fosters civic courage, without which democracy is doomed,'' and this is exactly what we seek to do.
Take a look at our video (above) and spread this message.