It’s time we had a little talk.
I’ve been meaning to bring this up for some time now, but it hasn’t ever felt quite right. You’re busy campaigning all the time and I’m always blogging. We’re like two ships in the night.
I realize that you’re the most qualified candidate currently in the race. Your resume is impressive. After all, who wouldn’t want a man who’s been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize after eight years of the Bush regime?
Al Gore thinks he’s something special now, doesn’t he? Global warming, global shwarming… That’s nothing compared to international peace mediation, hostage rescue and a commitment to justice, is it?
Your plan for peace in Iraq is spectacular. I have a real problem voting for a candidate that authorized this endless and unnecessary quagmire. You want to remove the troops now and I know you’d turn to diplomacy before violence.
Your ideas on the energy crisis are visionary. (Your old position as Secretary of the Department of Energy really helped with that one, eh?) We really need to shake our addiction to oil.
You have a great plan for health care – including a focus on HIV/AIDS, cancer and autism. In fact, you want your vice-president to chair the HIV/AIDS Commission to assure the issue gets the attention and leadership it deserves. Why don’t Republicans care about AIDS, Bill? You do.
I know you realize that women aren’t a “special interest” group. You’re the only candidate who has sworn to support only Supreme Court nominees that will uphold Roe v Wade. You want to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and you support both pay equity and paid family leave.
As far as LGBT rights go, you have a stellar record of championing equality. When you became the Governor of New Mexico, you fought for my community. You brought New Mexico their first hate crimes law and extended the state’s civil rights protections to cover sexual orientation and gender identity. You gave state employees domestic partner benefits.
You fought against a Defense of Marriage law in your home state and appointed several gays and lesbians to positions of authority in your administration. Heck, you even voted against Don’t Ask Don’t Tell while you were a Congressman and you've sworn to remove it when elected President.
I don’t understand why you’re not gaining more traction in the LGBT community. No one else has your track record of fighting for our rights. It probably has something to do with that awful case of “foot-in-mouth” disease you had earlier this year.
That’s what I wanted to write you about, you see. I love you too much to enable bad behavior. My therapist says I need to stand up and claim my own experiences.
So when you say things like “Maricon,” it really hurts me, Governor. While you said “faggot” in Spanish, the word cuts deeply no matter what language you use. I know you didn’t really mean the gentleman was gay. You meant it like those darn teenagers do when they say, “That’s so gay.” But that isn’t cool, Bill.
I know, I know. You apologized immediately. You called the LGBT leaders in New Mexico right after it happened and offered up a mea culpa. You took responsibility for your own actions. (The therapist would be proud of you!)
I think this gaffe is really hurting you in my community, Bill. While we can overlook your performance at the HRC/Logo debate since you’d had an incredibly hectic schedule that week and weren’t feeling well, you’re going to have to step up your game. As a community, we’ve been used too many times not to be especially wary anymore.
I’m willing to forgive you for that screw-up. After all, everyone makes a mistake occasionally. I don’t expect you to be perfect. You apologized right away and you were sincere.
Just don’t let it happen again. While I think you are superb on all the other issues, so are a lot of the other candidates. I’m willing to allow a one-time mistake, but anymore will make me re-think my support.
Bill, we have something special, you and I. I think you can move America back to its roots as the most generous and respected country on the planet. I believe in you.
Now that we’re square, let’s get back to working on getting you elected to the job you were born for. Let’s turn America in a new direction. Together - as a team where everyone is respected and valued – we can do this thing.
After all, I’ve come to expect that from you.
This post is part of series called Meet the Candidates in which Bilerico contributors write about why they are supporting their chosen candidate.
[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Governor Richardson has responded with his own guest post, "I Screwed Up."