…Gordon Smith is a sleaze-bag and it’s time for him to go.
For those in other states let me give you some background. Gordon Smith is the junior republican senator from Oregon. He is a devout mormon from the conservative, ugly, eastern part of the state. He also inheirited the family business, Smith Frozen Foods. If you ever eat frozen vegetables it’s pretty likely they were packaged at his plant. He is extremely wealthy. While he publicly came out against the Iraq war ahead of a lot of other republicans, he only did so after it was apparent that this would be a very popular move amongst his predominately anti-war constituents in Oregon.
Other than that the Senator has voted in line with the republicans on nearly everything. NARAL gives him a 15% rating and he has expressed support for a federal marriage amendment to the constitution banning gay marriage. In spite of his overall poor credentials on queer issues he airs this ad in the Portland area now that he is faced with a tough reelection campaign in a blue state:
I don’t know about you, but I am just not impressed. With no disrespect for Shepard or his family, it’s kind of gay-rights 101 and very 10 years a go. I think we can all agree that murdering people because of their sexuality, race, gender identity is bad. Basically he’s saying we shouldn’t be beaten to death, but we also shouldn’t be allowed to get married – and other protections against discrimination in the employment or housing amount to pandering towards “special interests”.
Smith’s Democratic opponent Jeff Merkley has a much better record. As speaker of the Oregon House he was instrumental in passing domestic partneships and another bill addressing discrimination in employment and housing during the 2007 Legislative Session. This race is tight, and Smith has spent an ass-load of money on ads as bad as this or worse, so it is important to get registered now. If you live in Oregon the deadline is Tuesday October 14. The more we can unseat people like Smith and replace them with people like Merkley, the better our odds of getting some real changes on the federal level.