October 24, 2007
HRC hauls water for HRC
Posted by: Chris
Just when you think the Human Rights Campaign couldn't do anything more to sully its credibility, Joe Solmonese manages to find yet another way. Hot on the heels of Barack Obama's "ex-gay" gospel singer flap, HRC has decided to haul water for "the other HRC" -- Hillary Rodham Clinton -- and make sure the story has legs.
D.C. newspaper The Hill is reporting that HRC is threatening Obama's campaign with "a public demand if Obama did not immediately cancel" his campaign's "Embrace the Change" gospel tour through South Carolina. Scheduled to appear at the event is Donnie McClurkin, a popular black gospel singer who claims he was "cured" of homosexuality through prayer.
Never mind that Obama isn't even appearing at the event, or that influential conservative black Christians like McClurkin and Mary Mary are supporting a candidate with the strongest gay rights record ever with a serious shot at the White House. For Solmonese and the other HRC flaks jockeying for resume opportunities in a Hillary White House, those details are irrelevant.
Of course by going public with the "threat" -- The Hill story cites unnamed sources -- HRC has already inflicted the damage before the Obama campaign even decides what to do. It's the kind of dirty politics that Mr. Hillary Clinton has always practiced, so no surprise there.
Fortunately for Obama, HRC (the group)'s credibility is already completely shot in the Democratic primary. We have known for a long time now that "the fix was in" at HRC for the other HRC. It's about time the whole thing came out of the closet.
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