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Still Waiting On Hal Heiner’s $20,000 Check

September 20th, 2010 by jake · 36 Comments

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?

Tags: Bad Behavior · Discrimination · Fairness · Gays · Greg Fischer · Mayor's Race 2010 · Republican Party

36 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jtt // Sep 20, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    How much did Fischer donate?

  • 2 A Gay Democrat // Sep 20, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I supported Mike Ward when many in Fairness turned their backs on him because he answered their questions as if he deserved their support. Some even wrote letters to the editor saying they would stay home rather than vote for Mike’s re-election. Mike lost to Ann Northup, and we had to put up with her for over a decade.

    Just as Mike Ward made mistakes, Hal Heiner is making mistakes regarding the gay community. However, I am still going to support Heiner because he is by far, at this point in time, the best candidate for Mayor for the well being of Louisville.

  • 3 jake // Sep 20, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Greg did something much worse, Jtt. He contributed to both Mitch McConnell and Anne Northup.

  • 4 Curtis Morrison // Sep 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    That’s a legitimate question, Jtt. I’m curious too. Since the Fischer campaign staffers, and Fairness Campaign director and board members, are ALL reading these comments, how about someone step up the transparency plate and answer Jtt’s question. How much money has Greg Fischer donated to Fairness Campaign and when did he do it?

    I’m extremely disappointed in the Fairness Campaign for not having the foresight to consider the social justice implications of the prospect of tolls on our Ohio River bridges. Tolls on ALL bridges have the potential to create an economic, and regional apartheid in our community and I, for one, think that falls squarely in within their mission statement.

  • 5 Jeff Gillenwater // Sep 20, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    It’s unfortunate when any group or movement co-opts the term “fairness” as if it pertains to a particular issue more than others rather than treating it as the much broader and more universally applicable concept that it is.

    As I said elsewhere, you can’t have fairness in the absence of intellectual honesty. Anyone endorsing Fischer, however, is clearly backing intellectual dishonesty and it’s hard to believe that won’t come back to haunt them.

    Endorsements aren’t a requirement and should be taken more seriously.

  • 6 CrescentHillion // Sep 20, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Why would the Fairness Campaign care about bridge tolls? From their mission statement, “the Fairness Campaign is a broad-based community effort dedicated to equal rights. Its primary goal is comprehensive civil rights legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.”

    As far as I can tell, bridge tolls don’t discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • 7 A Gay Democrat // Sep 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    To CrescentHillion,

    Please read Jeff Gillenwater re “Intellectual Honesty”.

  • 8 CrescentHillion // Sep 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    To Gay Democrat,

    I read what Jeff Gillenwater said. First of all, the Fairness Campaign was established to end discrimination against gays and lesbians in Louisville. To most people with a brain, that’s being fair, and so I hardly think they “co-opted the term ‘fairness’”.

    The Fairness Campaign isn’t about deciding which candidate has the best position on bridges or about whose campaign has been more intellectually honest (and on their key issue, Heiner has lied). The Fairness Campaign is about deciding which candidate supports “comprehensive civil rights legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.”

    It’s pretty clear from their press release that that candidate is not Hal Heiner.

  • 9 jake // Sep 20, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Hal Heiner has never lied about Fairness. He’s been up front about it. That’s part of what makes him stupid on the discrimination front.

    Fairness was, indeed, founded for the gays and the lady gays. But the organization has regularly welcomed other equality fronts – like racial equality. And it’s spent a lot of time focusing on race. So let’s not suddenly start pretending it’s only about the gays.

  • 10 CrescentHillion // Sep 20, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    “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.”

    And elsewhere, Chris Hartman has called those statements an irresponsible lie.

    And I never said it was just about gays and lesbians, but unless I’m mistaken they have never been involved in transportation issues.

  • 11 jake // Sep 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    You’re assuming Hal Heiner isn’t stupid – and I believe that he is. On the discrimination front. Hardly a lie – it’s stupidity. He was stupid enough to believe it. Just ask him.

  • 12 jake // Sep 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    P.S. Chris Hartman only gets to say what the leadership of the organization tell him he can say.

    Otherwise, the Eklof-KFB issue would have been resolved years ago.

  • 13 tbrauch // Sep 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    As far as I can tell, bridge tolls don’t discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Hmm, that’s an interesting take. Because according to Fairness’s own website (click on News & Events | In the News) you find the following projects for which Fairness has worked:
    – Arizona Immigration
    – Mandy Connell’s “comment”
    – Race issue in the Unseld Replacement
    – Faith-basaed substance abuse treatment center
    – LMPD Chief and a Dallas visitor
    – Women in Transition and poverty

    It’s funny, I never knew that immigration laws, half-breeds, the race of George Unseld, substance abuse, Chief White’s job decisions, or poverty were based on sexual orientation.

    Can you enlighten me, with Fairness’s work with Women in Transition, are gays more likely to be poor or rich?

  • 14 CrescentHillion // Sep 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I was wrong to suggest that the Fairness Campaign doesn’t do work on issues other than gay rights. They do a lot of good work on issues related to poverty, racism, and discrimination.

    That being said, I don’t know that the Fairness Campaign has ever advocated on a transportation issue. Going beyond that, their core issue is discrimination based on sexual orientation. That is going to be the main factor in their endorsements, bridge tolls probably aren’t on their radar screen.

  • 15 A Gay Democrat // Sep 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    CH, what did you think when Fairness failed to support Mike Ward when he ran for re-election?

    As I am sure that you know, Mike’s younger brother died of AIDS a year or so before Mike’s election campaign, and this was mentioned in some of Mike’s campaign literature. Mike’s mother was a big time civil rights advocate for decades.

    Many of the Fairness big wigs told gay voters to stay home and not vote for Mike.

    Fairness does a great job, but they do err from time to time.

  • 16 CrescentHillion // Sep 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    @A Gay Democrat: I’m glad someone else remembers that. I honestly believe that the way Mike was treated by Fairness and many of its supporters cost him the election.

    If I remember correctly, much of the anger at Mike was over the way Bob Butler was chosen to replace Scotty Greene on the Board of Aldermen.

    Certainly they erred in that situation, but I think their endorsements, generally, are informed by the candidate’s stances on gay rights. There seems to be a lot of evidence that Heiner is not on the same page as Fairness on gay rights.

  • 17 CrescentHillion // Sep 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    @A Gay Democrat: I’m glad someone else remembers that. I honestly believe that the way Mike was treated by Fairness and many of its supporters cost him the election.

    If I remember correctly, much of the anger at Mike was over the way Bob Butler was chosen to replace Scotty Greene on the Board of Aldermen.

    Certainly they erred in that situation, but I think their endorsements, generally, are informed by the candidate’s stances on gay rights. There seems to be a lot of evidence that Heiner is not on the same page as Fairness on gay rights.

  • 18 tbrauch // Sep 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I’ll admit that Fairness started as an LGBT organization and that most people who are part of it fall somewhere on the LGBT rainbow. HOWEVER…

    Their current vision statement states:

    “The Fairness Campaign seeks to dismantle oppression and build an inclusive community where all individuals are valued and empowered to reach their full potential.”

    And their 3rd core value states:

    “We believe that all issues of oppression are linked and can only be addressed by working in coalition.”

    What saddens me is how Fairness has tried not to “just a gay” organization and how they’ve tried to be inclusive. And yet, when it comes to endorsements, it appears they are a single issue voter.

    To me, the toll is an issue of opression, or at the very least, poverty. The people who work at the fast food places and hotels just on the other side of the river, who aren’t making much more than minimum wage, will not be able to afford to come over to Louisville, or, even worse, if they live on this side, they will not be able to afford to go to work.

    That said, I don’t want to turn this into a one issue endorsement just on the tolls. I just think they should have considered the entirety of all candidates, and not endorsed on a single issue.

    And they fact they just dismissed Green as unelectable because he doesn’t have money goes in the face of their helping people out of poverty ideas. They basically said that if you aren’t rich and white, you have no business in politics in Louisville.

  • 19 tbrauch // Sep 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    In my mind, it’s a matter of potential. There’s always hope to enact more legislation that Fairness supports. But once Louisville has been driven into the ground because of poor economic planning, who cares if gays can marry? There won’t be any of them living in Louisville anyway. And the few who stay won’t have enough money to donate to keep Fairness’s coffers full.

  • 20 CrescentHillion // Sep 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    @tbrauch: I’m not a fan of tolls either. But issue organizations make endorsements on issues that matter to them. If they were to make endorsements, Say No to Bridge Tolls probably wouldn’t consider gay rights in them.

    Also, part of the reason Fairness seems to be acting like a single-issue voter might be that Heiner didn’t even bother to return their questionnaire.

  • 21 Stunoland // Sep 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    If Louisville tolls itself to build some of the world’s ugliest infrastructure on its image defining waterfront the city will no longer attract and retain educated and open-minded citizens. After the city becomes the first and possibly only city to ever expand an elevated waterfront expressway Louisville will be doomed to over 100 years of economic and cultural stagnation that will harm the equality and social justice causes that Fairness supports. If you support Fairness please remind Mr. Fischer that stopping or altering the biggest urban planning mistake of the 21st century (the current design and funding plan of the downtown ORBP) is the most important issue in Louisville’s 200+ years of existence.

  • 22 Stunoland // Sep 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    If Louisville tolls itself to build some of the world’s ugliest infrastructure on its image defining waterfront the city will no longer attract and retain educated and open-minded citizens. After the city becomes the first and possibly only city to ever expand an elevated waterfront expressway Louisville will begin a slow 100+ year downward spiral that will harm the equality and social justice causes that Fairness supports. If you support Fairness please remind Mr. Fischer and Heiner that stopping or altering the biggest urban planning mistake of the 21st century (the current design and funding plan of the downtown ORBP) is the most important issue in Louisville’s 200+ years of existence.

  • 23 Steve Magruder // Sep 20, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I’ll repeat exactly what I said on Louisville Courant…

    While I agree with most of Fairness’ endorsements, their endorsement of Fischer continues to confirm what I don’t like about Fischer and the superficiality offered in support of him.

    Oh boysie, he makes “strong statements” in favor of fairness issues. Yeah, but where was he on *any* Louisville issue before he decided to enter local politics? What is his actual record, beyond his “strong statements”?

    And of course, Heiner wasn’t going to return the questionnaire, as all that would do is provide political bait for Fischer. No politician running for office sets themselves up in such a way. We already know Heiner’s record on fairness.

    The bottom line for any election decision, though, is consideration of all the local issues, not just those related to fairness.

    It should be a roundly accepted fact that Heiner cannot reverse fairness even if he wanted to — he will be facing a Democratic Metro Council, and he has confirmed that fairness is decided law and he will enforce it. There will be no “going backward” in the next four years with regards to these issues.

    I have a personal sensitivity to LGBT issues just like everyone else in the LGBT community, but to me, in this particular election, other issues in the mayoral race are outweighing those issues. I’ll explain more on that later. But for now, suffice it to say I do care about LGBT issues, and most of my choices will reflect this, especially in the 38th senate district race. Seum must go.

  • 24 A Gay Democrat // Sep 20, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    …and I want to see Fairness endorse Ken Herndon.

    He deserves it more than anyone.

  • 25 jake // Sep 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    HAHAHAHA.

    How’s that?

    Because of all those years he worked against the Fairness Campaign?

    I can’t even count the number of times he’s told me about what a joke the FC is. And then he went out of his way to avoid working with Fairness, going so far as to refuse to show up at events held to discuss his race.

  • 26 A Gay Democrat // Sep 20, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    So you support whom?

  • 27 what? // Sep 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    “Oh boysie, he makes “strong statements” in favor of fairness issues. Yeah, but where was he on *any* Louisville issue before he decided to enter local politics? What is his actual record, beyond his “strong statements”?”

    Steve, you just nailed the issue for me. There is no question Greg is a smart guy, but really, where has he been outside of running for office? You would think someone of his caliber would have showed up somewhere on behalf of the public benefit, and I’m not talking about sitting on some board. bCatalyst would come close had it not been such an abject failure measured against the hype. Anyone remember “e main district” which bcatalyst was supposed to anchor?

    And bringing in people not remotely knowledgable about Louisville scares the shiz…

  • 28 jake // Sep 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I don’t live in the 6th District. But if I did? I’d work against Ken Herndon.

  • 29 A Gay Democrat // Sep 20, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    And work for whom?

  • 30 jake // Sep 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Working against Ken Herndon doesn’t mean I’d support anyone else.

  • 31 Steve Magruder // Sep 20, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    what – I don’t question that Fischer is a smart person with respect to everything he has accomplished in his life. His accomplishments can be regarded as impressive. However, in an evaluation of who has the most qualifications for mayor, he just simply pales in comparison to Heiner.

    Yes, I am disturbed by Heiner’s anti-gay actions. But I am even more disturbed by Fischer’s pro-bridges-boondoggle positions and his umbilical cord to River Fields and the C-J editorial board. Make that 10X disturbed.

  • 32 A Gay Democrat // Sep 20, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    “Working against Ken Herndon doesn’t mean I’d support anyone else.”

    Being against someone in an election means, by definition, that you are supporting another. I support Ken Herndon.

    Regardless, the main issue is Heiner vs Fischer, and the answer is Heiner.

  • 33 jake // Sep 21, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Actually, no, it doesn’t. It means I’d work against Ken Herndon. Just as I work against Greg Fischer.

    Glad to know you support someone who was complicit in Steve Henry’s corruption scheme. And who dragged George Unseld through the mud.

  • 34 Jtt // Sep 21, 2010 at 8:21 am

    It is stupid to take a stance one believes in? He doesn’t have to LIKE it, he simply has to enforce the law, and as noted, it IS the law in Metro Louisville. That isn’t going to change. I’m still waiting, other than making statements, what, precisely, has GF done to support gay (or any other rights) in Louisville? Sitting on a board doesn’t cut it, what has he DONE?

  • 35 The Highlander // Sep 21, 2010 at 10:41 am

    George’s son is a self-made man, and he adores his creator. The farce in it all is that he isn’t ‘self-made’. George made him. He’s like Bush Sr., started out on 3rd base and thinks he hit a triple. Heiner just won the race this morning by announcing his support of a return to ‘some form of neighborhood schooling’ around here. It’s over and George’s son is toast.

  • 36 Another Dem for Heiner // Sep 21, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Did a quick search on KREF for Simon contributions. Out of Simon’s 122 personal contributions I did not find one for Heiner.

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