Don’t Everybody Only Dump On Joe Solmonese. HRC’s David Smith Deserves Your Emotional Bile Too!

On his blog yesterday, Andrew Sullivan called for Solmonese to be fired, after a path to DADT repeal went down in flames in the Senate. While I surely wouldn’t mind if that happened and Solmonese went to work for his real bosses at the Democratic National Committee, or began a new career in the fashion world, Andrew shouldn’t have been so narrow in his call for who to let go at HRC. David M. Smith should be made to walk the plank, yes, for the DADT repeal disaster, but also for actively putting Democratic Party needs first, and selling the gay community down the Potomac River, for almost two horribly long decades of minuscule federal progress for ordinary gays.

—Michael Petrelis, the one-man activist brand, calling for HRC strategy chief David Smith’s head as well [via; photo: David Smith, Vice President of Programs; Cathy Nelson, former Development Director; Joe Solmonese, President; and Elizabeth Birch, former Executive Director, via]

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  • Dollie

    The HRC, in general, is a bummer. Certainly, they HAVE done good things. However, no alleged LGBT equality group that throws the t to the curb speaks for me.

  • Ronbo

    Keep in mind that ALL progress does for HRC is… eliminate the need for HRC. Would you work your way out of multi-million dollar, lifetime gig? Greed defeats integrity every time when you enter politics. (please accept my apology if you are the exception to the rule)

  • Ted B. (Charging Rhino)

    Solmonese’s true agenda and that of the HRC is to MAINTAIN the Gay ATM for the Democratic National Committee…NOT to work for the soon) elimination of the need for an HRC. As long as the checks are clearing the bank for the DNC, he’s doing his job.

  • randy

    I hope HRC disappears, and the sooner the better. They cut deals with the Dems that no one is privy too, they make any and all excuses for the failure to secure our rights, and they care more about access and cocktail parties than actually moving ahead on our rights. For all the money they receive, we should have had marriage in every state, repeal of DADT and a federal ENDA.

    They are a pathetic excuse for a lobbying organization.

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