“Mitt Gets Worse,” a new campaign attacking GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, sees LGBT activists sharing their personal stories of confronting the former governor’s extreme anti-gay rhetoric.
Launched yesterday, it’s the combined effort of the Courage Campaign Super PAC and American Bridge 21st Century, which publicizes Republican candidates’ records when their words don’t match their deeds. (So, like, all the time.)
The idea, a twist on Dan Savage’s It Gets Better campaign, is to have activists and leaders share how Romney’s political agenda has steamrolled over LGBT equality.
Above, Julie Goodridge— a plaintiff in the lawsuit that led to marriage equality in Massachusetts—recalls meeting the Mormon politico: “I looked him in the eye as we were leaving the meeting and I said in exasperation, ‘Governor Romney, tell me, what would you suggest I say to my 8-year-old daughter about why her mommy and her ma can’t get married? Because you, the governor of her state, is going to block our marriage.’ ”
“He kind of looked over my shoulder with this blank stare and said, ‘I don’t really care what you tell your adopted daughter,'” Goodridge recalls. “‘Why don’t you just tell her what you’ve been telling her for the last eight years?'”
The Romney campaign likes to act its all about the economy but, Goodridge says, dismantling LGBT rights would actually “become a core focus of a Romney presidency.” Ugh, don’t let the Republican base hear that—they’ll start pulling out their checkbooks.
Below, the Family Equality Council’s Jennifer Chrisler recalls going toe-to-toe with then-Gov. Romney.