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More united than divided: Coming together for Patrick Murphy

Filed By Adam Bink | October 21, 2010 7:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: John Aravosis, Patrick Murphy, Rick Jacobs, united together

For those of you who follow LGBT politics, you'll know there's a lot of what some call "infighting". Infighting over tactics, messaging, how much Obama should be supported vs. criticized, and the like. It can get distracting and sometimes very personal.

A few weeks ago, myself, along with Joe Sudbay over at AMERICABlog and Rick Jacobs at the Courage Campaign, were chatting about all this. We agreed that (a) while debate over tactics etc. can be healthy, the division can threaten to undermine votes for LGBT equality coming up on Election Day and (b) Despite the headlines, this community is more united than divided. There are a lot of voices in the pro-equality chorus, and like brothers and sisters in a family, we all sing in our own unique way. But when push comes to shove, we are always singing the same song.

So we decided to ask some of the bigger names in all these headlines if they would set their differences aside and come together on a common cause: that cause being re-electing Rep. Patrick Murphy, who led the fight to pass repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the House.

Murphy, who stormed back from being down double digits in the polls to being up 46-43 in yesterday's The Hill poll, is in a tough fight in an economically depressed district. DC Conventional Wisdom told him to stop working on that gay stuff and focus on jobs, jobs, jobs. Needless to say, he ignored them, worked side by side with those of us in the LGBT and allied community (online AND offline), whipped the votes, went on Maddow and anywhere else he could find to talk loud and proud about how important this cause is to him- a straight veteran- and got it done. He kept his promise.

So with the help of Dan Manatt at ManattMedia.com, we produced this video to send that message: that we're coming together to get Patrick's back because he got ours. Everyone was so excited that they recorded it right where they are, day of- wherever they could.

Please share the video widely, and chip in- whether you're LGBT or a straight ally- to re-elect a pro-equality, fighting Dem.


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We are getting fu*cked this November Adam. You want to be complimented? Together with GetEQual Aravosis and others have made this the "angry LGBT Community" year. How has that worked out for you?

Pissing on people never works.

Pam Spaulding and John Aravosis have been big cheerleaders for getEqual and the juvenile idea that we can just shame people into submission. Well, we are about to have a new Republican Congress and an angry Obama. Any more bright ideas?

Some people want us to applaud them as fierce activists, but they are only helping the other team. Now, would be a good time to wake up. Now would be a good time to tell them to GetLOST.

As usual, Andrew, you are ever your constructive self.

In the meantime, as of this comment 80 people chipped in $4,372 to Murphy- enough to buy about 75 GOTV vans- so while I don't agree with everything everyone does in this movement, given as you note the danger of losing the House, it does seem like a fairly decent idea to come together to try and save one more Democrat and pro-equality seat when we can.

I didn't note "the danger of losing the House," I said it is already lost. I just pointed out some of the reasons why.

Maybe on November 3rd people will be a little more honest about the whole Aravosis-Spaulding "embarrass Democrats" strategy.

Uh-huh. So because the "House is already lost", somehow keeping one more (pro-equality, at that) seat isn't worth anything anymore?

And no one said "embarrass Democrats" is a wise strategy. No one said it's bad, either. Dozens of threads on this blog and others are great spaces for healthy debates over such issues. This thread is purely about coming together to support a cause, and I'm not sure why you're against that.

AndrewW- you are once more hijacking a thread.

Adam- I agree we should all support Rep. Murphy any way we can. I have contributed to him.

Thanks Rann, that's very generous.

Wendell Cochran | October 22, 2010 1:32 PM

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Note from Bil: Yes, we had to delete your comment for the personal attack. But for what it's worth, the Ed Team generally agrees with the gist of your statement. :)

You say "in-fighting," I say "serious disagreement on ideological issues coming from different experiences and dispositions." Po-tay-to, po-tah-to.

He also voted for the stimulus, so that's something in the "jobs jobs jobs" category. I don't see many other Reps. doing much else on the jobs front so it's a smart move for him to take up a quasi-controversial issue that no one else is willing to.