Yesterday, the Fairness Campaign’s political arm, CFAIR, endorsed a bunch of candidates for the November election:
- Greg Fischer – Mayor
- Marty Meyer – 38th State Senate District
- Tom Burch – 30th State House District
- Darryl Owens – 43rd State House District
- Joni Jenkins – 44th State House District
- Tina Ward-Pugh – 9th Metro Council District
- William Cohen – 17th Metro Council District
- Justin Chelf – 19th Metro Council District
- Mike O’Connell – County Attorney
- Sadiqua Reynolds – 11th Division District Court
- Stephanie Pearce Burke – 14th Division District Court
- Tony Lindauer – PVA
All the regular folks, no surprises. But I want to focus on the mayoral race.
Here’s what a release from Fairness had to say on the matter:
In the race for Mayor of Louisville, CFAIR endorses Greg Fischer with fervor. Time and again, Mr. Fischer has made strong statements in favor of Fairness issues, including fierce support of Metro Louisville’s Fairness ordinance, marriage equality, and a commitment to offer domestic partner benefits to city employees should he be elected mayor. The CFAIR board has also been incredibly impressed with Mr. Fischer’s legions of faithful volunteers, his ability to effectively raise campaign funds at the grassroots level, and his proactive engagement of constituencies all across the Louisville community to develop comprehensive, informed policies to address issues important to our city.
Conversely, Mr. Fischer’s Republican opponent, Councilman Hal Heiner, who did not return a CFAIR candidate questionnaire, has been staunchly anti-Fairness his whole tenure as on the Metro Council. Councilman Heiner voted against the city’s Fairness ordinance when it came before the council in 2004, and he contributed $20,000 of personal funds to support Kentucky’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage that same year. Repeatedly, in the Republican Primary for Mayor, Councilman Heiner made statements in opposition to anti-discrimination Fairness laws by citing “current federal protections” that preclude the need for state and local laws, a blatant mistruth. Given Councilman Heiner’s inclinations against protecting the rights of all individuals, it is no surprise he is the candidate supported by Dr. Frank Simon, our region’s most notorious anti-gay rights activist, who has personally contributed $500 to Councilman Heiner’s campaign.
The CFAIR team also interviewed Independent Candidate Jackie Green in the race for mayor. While Mr. Green is solidly pro-Fairness with a broad array of unique, social justice-conscience ideas, due to substantially low campaign fund-raising and a lack of broad community support, he was not considered a candidate viable for endorsement by CFAIR.
While I don’t for the life of me think Fairness can usually turn an election one way or another – it can barely get a third of the gay community together on a single issue, it still most certainly drives thousands of votes. Votes that will matter significantly come this election day. Votes that won’t be for Hal Heiner, because he’s either brain dead or completely stupid.
The man has had months (years) to make a $20,000 contribution to the gays (he can make the check out to the Kentucky Fairness Alliance – I’d be happy to facilitate that). He’s had a long time to return bigot Frank Simon’s hate money. And he’s most certainly had time to return the Fairness questionnaire (what an asshole move). So who is Hal Heiner kidding? Who does his campaign staff think they’re kidding?
It’s time for Hal to wake up. Or he deserves to lose to the worst candidate the Democrats have likely ever put forth for mayor.
P.S. If Fairness really cared about the issues and not about winning, wouldn’t they give Jackie Green’s pretend campaign more than a passing hello?