Michael Petrelis is keeping score on Ken Mehlman: Fox News is actually up from zero mentions of his coming out to two, while the Human Rights Campaign stands steadfastly at zero acknowledgments. Too bad, because Mehlman long ago offered Joe Solmonese the perfect chance to pounce when in 2005 he distributed a RNC document “Reid all about it: Who is Harry Reid?” attacking Nevada’s Sen. Harry Reid (he’s an “obstructionist”) for, ahem, having a 100 percent score from HRC.
The document reads in part:
Reid Opposes Federal Marriage Amendment:
Reid Received 100 percent Rating From Human Rights Campaign (HRC) For 107th Congress. (Human Rights Campaign, “Presidential Candidates,” Human Rights Campaign Website, http://www.hrc.org, Accessed 12/2/04)
— HRC Endorsed Reid During 2004 Election Calling Him “A Leader We Can Count On.” (Human Rights Campaign, “Candidate Profile: Harry Reid,” Human Rights Campaign Website, www.hrc.org, Accessed 12/2/04)
— “The Human Rights Campaign, The Largest National Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual And Transgender Advocacy Organization, Envisions An America Where GLBT People Are Ensured Of Their Basic Equal Rights, And Can Be Open, Honest And Safe At Home, At Work And In The Community.” (Human Rights Campaign Website, www.hrc.org/, Accessed 1/31/05)
Reid Said Marriage Should Be Between A Man And Woman. “So marriage should be between a man and a woman, OK? I agree. But why do we need to have to amend the Constitution when we have the Defense of Marriage Act federally? We have the state Constitution, which has it in it.” (Dave Berns, “Candidates See Religion’s Role In Diverse Light,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10/28/04)
— But Reid Voted Against Federal Marriage Amendment. (S.J. Res. 40, CQ Vote No. 155: Motion Rejected 48-50: R 45-6; D 3-43; I 0-1, 7/14/04, Reid Voted Nay)
These are now the sort of stats Mehlman would be trumpeting. (Or at least one might incorrectly assume.) After all, isn’t Mehlman fighting to keep Prop 8 — a statewide voter-approved law banning same-sex marriage — dead? Give him three months and he’ll have a 100 percent score from HRC.
This guy is a horror.