A Sad Day for Ohio Democrats
by stonedeminohio, Sun Oct 16, 2005 at 02:18:43 PM EDT
What hasn't been told is the truth about Congressman Ted Strickland's involvement in the "controversy" over Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman.
First a chronology. Based on public records, World Harvest Church asked the City of Columbus to issue a citation supporting the church's hurricane victim outreach. While this was processed, someone (though we don't know who) asked Mayor Coleman's wife to personally deliver the citation at the church. The week of the citation, the Coleman for Governor campaign says they learned they had been duped. Parsley had the citation scheduled for delivery during a partisan, right-wing political rally for Reformation Ohio.
This is the surface story we've all heard.
Apparently Congressman Strickland and his main media pro, Jess Goode, spent the week calling every GLBT leader in Ohio - along with national GLBT leaders - claiming that Michael Coleman was courting the radical right and abandoning the gay community. Even worse, they called Michael Coleman a right-winger in Democrats clothing, an anti-gay rights politician, and so on.
Then they turned their attention to the press, pitching the "controversy" story to political reporters at the Statehouse in advance of the Reformation Ohio event on the 14th.
What happened next is the kind of response only a strong Democrat would show. Michael Coleman ordered his office to cancel the citation and publicly condemned the divisive use of religion in politics. He didn't mention Strickland's actions (assuming he knew about them).
Hopefully no one will try to paint this as mudslinging - it's just the truth about what Congressman Ted Strickland was willing to do to score political points in the governor's race. The GLBT community deserves better than Strickland's unprovoked attacks on another Democrat - especially one with a strong record of supporting equal rights for all citizens.
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