Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel has “steam coming out my ears” after the Human Rights Campaign and Logo neglected to invite him to their groundbreaking gay debates.
According to HRC spokesperson Brad Luna, America’s so-called “largest gay non-profit” excluded the former Alaska senator because Gravel failed to meet their $100,000 fund threshhold. Gravel, meanwhile, tell us that’s bullshit.
Gravel called us from California to pass along a little note:
That this kind of censorship should come from the community that I am the greatest advocate. It is not absurd, it’s to the edge of stupidity. That they would set up a criteria of not having enough money raised – all political scientists recognize that money is the corruption of the political system.
They [HRC] are saying I’m not greedy or corrupt enough to meet the stands set by Hillary and Obama and Edwards.
You hear Edwards saying he can’t get his arm around [gay marriage]. Is that the garbage HRC want to put before the people? It brings into question my whole judgment of the gay community. If they want to go with the links of these people who don’t deliver… If the gay community wants them, they deserve them.
Sure, Gravel may not be the leading democratic candidate, but HRC’s definitely shown their true colors – they’re more interested in moderate, wealthy politicians than those willing to rock the boat, as Gravel has done. Unlike some of the candidates, Gravel supports gay marriage.
Gravel also virulently opposes Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and recently lambasted Clinton’s description of hubby Bill Clinton’s discriminatory policy as a “transitory”. But, apparently, HRC’s much more interested in accepting big money crumbs than a candidate dedicated to the human rights cause. Shocker.
[Note: If CNN and MSNBC can invite Gravel, why can't Logo - the gay network - invite Mike Gravel?]
It sounds to us like some of you are mighty pissed at HRC right now. If you’re inclined to let them know, give them a ringer: 202-628-4160. We’re sure they’ll love it.