I was asked by the organizers of the YearlyKos Convention to lead the LGBT Caucus at this week's meeting of progressive bloggers and activists. Although unsure of what this would entail, I was happy to accept the responsibility.
The first thing I set out to do was to invite each of the Democratic Presidential campaigns to send a representative. Every campaign agreed to have a representative attend the Caucus meeting. However, only one campaign actually did.
Senator Chris Dodd's blogger was the only Presidential campaign staffer who took the time to stop by the meeting of gay and lesbian bloggers. Other candidates stopped in to introduce themselves, but the lack of representation from presidential campaigns is pathetic.
Sensitive to the perception that the demanding reputation of gays and the impatient reputation of bloggers could be a toxic mix, I made it clear to each campaign that the meeting would be informal and they would be welcome to simply introduce themselves and show that their campaign cared enough to show up.
That only one representative showed up is a blatant sign of disrespect to not only the LGBT bloggers who are here at YearlyKos but all LGBT bloggers.
Senator John Edwards's blogger did apologize for not being able to make it. No one else has bothered. But, no worries, I'll be making it clear to each of them that their absence was noticed.