February 12, 2008
Hillary's surprise gay get
Posted by: Chris
It's already shaping up as another huge night for Barack Obama, with exit polls in Virginia showing a landslide and the networks already calling D.C. for him as well. I will be curious to see how Hillary Clinton does in the District neighborhoods with large gay populations, something that the Washington Blade will likely analyze when numbers become available.
No doubt Hillary's strong performance with gay voters in California and New York factored into her decision to do an interview with the Blade over the weekend, although she would have been smarter to do it in advance of last Friday's edition, to broaden the exposure.
One "gay get" for Hillary that genuinely surprised me was an endorsement from David Catania, an out D.C. Council at-large member. Catania was initially elected as a Republican but quit the party but became an independent after President Bush pushed a federal constitutional amendment to block states from marrying gay couples.
The report from Politico doesn't explain his reasons, except that he said, "You don’t throw your voice behind someone simply in the good times," he said. "I don’t care if it’s the beginning or the end or the up or the down."
It's been something of a rarity to see independents, especially former Republicans, going for Clinton, who is far more partisan than Obama. I will also be curious to see Catania's reasons.
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