Along with the "Retire Or We'll Really Get Mad" campaign Tea Partiers are running against Lamar Alexander, an ad has been running on Tennessee websites (including this one) claiming that the Senior Senator has "betrayed family values."
Here's a taste of the campaign currently aimed at him:
On July 10, Senator Lamar Alexander sat silently by as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (S. 815) — better known as the Gay Bill of Special Rights — was voted out of Committee and before the full Senate.
As the Ranking Member for the Republicans, it was Sen. Alexander's job to speak against the bill. But now he has pledged to vote it into law!
The Gay Bill of Special Rights (S. 815) will create a federal labrynth [sic] of employment regulations that will force employers — even if they have religious objections — to give homosexuals and transgenders special hiring preferences. Anyone who refuses to make their business, school, or church very "gay-friendly" will face crippling fines and maybe even jail time.
Stories are surfacing right now in Tennessee of Lamar Alexander's connection to a radical pro-homosexual and anti-business group: Citizens for Responsible Energy (CRE). [sic] CRE is spending a fortune to push Alexander's "green" energy — liberal code for "bad for business" — agenda.
There are a few things wrong here:
1) It's actually spelled "labyrinth" (and it's always best with a magic baby dance).
2) Alexander, by the way, voted against the bill in committee.
3) There are no special preferences created in the bill. As a matter of fact, there are specific prohibitions against quotas or preferential treatment. Full text is here.
4) There are specific exemptions for religious organizations and small businesses.
6) Citizens for Responsible Energy's apparent sin is that they have mentioned the term "climate change" and not followed it with "is all a hoax."
7) Apparently, the "radical pro-homosexual" agenda here comes from the fact that Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions is run largely by Civitas Public Affairs Group, a lobbying outfit that has alumni from Gill Action, an advocacy group for LGBT issues.
Which brings us to Eugene Delgaudio, the signatory at the bottom of the ad. His title is listed as President, Public Advocate of the United States, which sounds vaguely official, but is really just an ultra-conservative group that spends most of its time hating gay people. They've been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Delgaudio is also an elected part-time official on the Loudon Co., Va., board of supervisors, an all-Republican body which voted in July to censure him, strip him of any power to serve on committees or regional partnership organizations, and moved his district office funds away from him. All of this is the result of a report by a special grand jury panel.
The punishments came as a result of a special grand jury investigation into allegations Delgaudio misused Loudoun County resources for personal and political gain. The grand jury, which concluded its investigation in late June, did not bring an indictment against Delgaudio, but did take the “extraordinary” step,” Buona said, of issuing a final overview recapping was discovered through the process.
For the first time publicly, Buona and other supervisors echoed the viewpoint of Delgaudio's detractors — the fact the embattled supervisor was not charged with a crime was because of a “technicality” more than anything else.
“You have to ask, 'Why did [the special grand jury] issue a report?'” Buona said. “ … In this particular case they went out of their way to request permission from a judge to issue a report. And why did they do that? Because they felt something was wrong, but they couldn't issue an indictment because of a technicality in the law. That technicality, we all know, deals with full-time versus part-time supervisors.”
Speaking in political terms, Buona said, “The integrity of my own Republican Party is at stake here. We have to police ourselves. We have to police our own ... Whether Eugene was a Democrat or a Republican, if I read this grand jury report, I would think the same thing. And I know there are some people in the Republican Party that are mad at some of us right now — read the report. Just read the report.”
So, to sum up: Senior Senator is being attacked by people who really, really, really hate gays. Also, those clean energy guys are GAY GAY GAY.