Paul: Oregon Senator Exploits Matthew Shepard to win election…


…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.


10 Responses to “Paul: Oregon Senator Exploits Matthew Shepard to win election…”

  1. October 5, 2008 at 11:30 am

    I swore out loud at this add while at the gym and it sparked four other people to say they were voting against him and if they had been for him they’d vote for Merkley based on how exploitive they found this add.

  2. 2 gaycondo
    October 5, 2008 at 11:42 am

    It’s so obviously a ploy. I wonder if it’s running in eastern Oregon. I’m glad other people were as pissed off by it as I was.

  3. October 5, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    So we should exchange a sleaze bag for a douche bag? But back to your original premise…

    You must think that the HRC (largest nat’l gay rights lobby) is full of sleazy douchebags, given all the praise they’ve heaped on Smith over the years, not to mention their endorsement last time around. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not voting for Smith, despite is pro-gay work in the US Senate.

    But I’m not voting for Merkley either, despite his pro-gay work in the Oregon house. (Given his campaign trail evolution on the topic of gay marriage, I wouldn’t overexaggerate his GLBT cred though.)

    Instead of standing up against the invasion of Iraq, he voted with the Republicans to “acknowledge the courage of George W. Bush.” Given that, along with his weak stance on impeachment and his flip-flop against the Palestinian community, he is not the leader we have been waiting for.


  4. 4 gaycondo
    October 5, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    i thought you weren’t going to write about the election anymore! J/K EM
    but no.. when i saw this ad i’m just like YEA RIGHT as if you care, mf!

  5. 5 The Bearded Traveler
    October 5, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    I’m votin’ for JM

  6. 6 gaycondo
    October 5, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Me too, while I agree that he may be a bit of a d-bag, he’s the only alternative we have to Smith. Getting a strong majority in the senate is important. They’re not going to get 60, but 57 or 58 is a real possibility. The more of a moajority democrats get in the senate the better chance we have of getting the Defense of Marriage Act repealed. Even if we could get married in California and have it count here, the federal government is still all ass-backwards. Voting for Merkley will help.

  7. 7 zach
    October 6, 2008 at 4:10 am

    agree with everything except calling eastern oregon “ugly.” i actually find that part of the state to have TONS of beautiful scenery.

  8. October 6, 2008 at 9:05 am

    “agree with everything except calling eastern oregon ‘ugly.'”

    agreeing with the exception. I even advised the college GLBT group at Eastern for a year. Maybe we were naive, but we felt fine being out in the East.

  9. 9 The Bearded Traveler
    October 6, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    I meant to ask- are the white spots supposed to be cocaine or somethin?

  10. 10 gaycondo
    October 6, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    yes, you know anyone who can afford to pay 1.25 million dollars for antique golf clubs has blown some coke in their day.

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