Democratic Dirty Tricks in Indiana Gubernatorial Race

September 5, 2004 ·

In a stunning display of dirty politics, the Indiana Democratic party has been caught in a regrettable game of gay-baiting. Local activists have learned the Indiana Democratic Party sent emails attempting to alert Republican lawmakers and conservative groups of efforts to court the LGBT vote by Republican Gubernatorial candidate Mitch Daniels.

Daniels, former White House Office of Management and Budget Director under President Bush, is running against incumbent Democratic Governor Joe Kernan. Kernan is viewed more favorably within the lgbt community, but has no discernable record to suggest he’s any better than Daniels. With Daniels holding a 6-point lead in the polls, Kernan is feeling the heat. Kernan added gender identity and expression to the states anti-discrimation policy in an effort to woo lgbt voters, only after it was made safe by Daniels issuing the same policy in his own campaign.

Daniels hasn’t taken the lgbt vote for granted, and recently requested to meet with LGBT leaders in a proactive outreach effort.

The following is Daniel’s invitation to leaders of local LGBT community:

Understanding you to be a leader in the community, Mitch Daniels invites you to a meeting at Jesus MCC Church (2950 East 55th Place, Indianapolis) on Tuesday, September 7th, to discuss issues of importance to you.

Immediately following Daniels invitation to court the LGBT vote, an email surfaced from “David Fleshacker” using a yahoo email address.

From: David Fleshacker [mailto:glbtindy@yahoo.com] Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2004 5:57 PM
Subject: Personal invitation to meet with Mitch Daniels

Dear Senator:
You’re invited to join our candidate for Governor Mitch Daniels in a
meeting with members of Indiana’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered community. Please see the invitation below. I believe it’s very important that you attend to share your concerns.
David

The email was sent to Republican lawmakers and conservative groups inviting them to attend. The only problem was the email was not sent from the Daniels
campaign or Republicans. Unbeknownst to the sender, the email headers IP
address 67.37.15.118 pointed directly to the Indiana Democratic Party.

Why would the Indiana Democratic Party want to thwart a progressive
Republican meeting with the lgbt community?

In category:Politics
Next Post

The Garden State Of Eden

Recently New Jersey's "Garden State Equality" announced that they are going to run a television ad campaign for the transgender equality bill, A3678/S2437. They've also done a Zogby poll that shows that 70 percent of New Jerseyans agree with the…
Read
Previous Post

SONDA Revisted

On December 17th, 2002, the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA) passed the New York Senate by a 34-26 vote and was signed into law. The bill that was signed into law did not include transgender people. The Executive Director of…
Read
Random Post

No, I Still Won’t be Watching “Dancing With The Stars” (With or Without Chaz Bono)

It is beyond sad that some people, trans and non-trans alike, think that Chaz Bono’s upcoming appearance on the stupid reality show “Dancing with the Stars” amounts to anything more than a hill of beans.  As trans people suffer tremendously…
Read
Random Post

The GayInc Muzzle on Maryland

Transgender blogs (here, here, here, here, here, here, here and that's not counting the numerous blogs by Katrina Rose here and on ENDAblog)  have been buzzing over the lack of public accommodation protections in Maryland's HB235. The head of TransMaryland,  Jenna Fischetti, wrote…
Read
Random Post

Back In H-town From #LGBTMedia14

After another exciting weekend and destroying some Pappas barbecue to celebrate my safe airborne arrival at Hobby, I'm back from my trip inside the beltway for the 2014 edition of the LGBT Media Journalists Convening.  So what were my takeaways from…
Read
Random Post

A “Transsexual Versus Transgender” Intervention*

Over the last year or so, I have read a number of blog entries and Facebook rants about the so-called “transsexual versus transgender” issue. For those who are unaware of this debate, it stems from a subset of transsexuals who…
Read