strange bedfellows

Ted Olson Supports Carly Fiorina’s Senate Bid. Carly Fiorina Supports Prop 8. Huh!

Carly Fiorina, the former HP chief who’s running to unseat Barbara Boxer from her California post in the U.S. Senate, has made no secret of her support for Prop 8, which was just declared unconstitutional today. Interesting, then, that among “a group of 100 business figures backing her campaign” is Ted Olson, the former U.S. solicitor general who just secured a Prop 8 win.

California’s gay activists haven’t overlooked Fiorina’s support. Says Courage Campaign chairman Rick Jacobs: “In NOM, Carly Fiorina has aligned herself with a fringe group that relies on lies and fear to advocate discrimination and second-class citizenship for millions of loving American families.”

And not that campaign supporters need to back a candidate on 100 percent of her platform, but it seems a bit counter-productive for Olson, who’s been charged with handling the highest-profile civil rights case of the decade, to support a candidate who wanted nothing more than to see him lose.

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  • Sidney

    Yeah Ted Olsen is SUCH a homophobe…he just won a historic legal battle to overturn Prop 8…he might have other reasons for supporting her…besides…who the hell cares about her support for prop 8…its unconsitutional…ergo…doesn’t matter!!!!

    Queerty writers let you cyncism take the night off…go to your local Gay bar and have a drink of celebration…

  • ForeverGay

    @Sidney: Until the United States Supreme Court decides this case nothing has been won.

    I remain skeptical of Ted Olson and David Boies’ intentions with this same-sex marriage case. Only once in the 32 times has gay couples’ right to marry been protected by a public state vote and it was later taken away once heterosexual’s right to civil unions were taken out of the amendment. I’m talking about Arizona in 2006 which would have abolished any union not a heterosexual marriage. Heterosexual couples already had the right to civil unions as well in Arizona and the 2006 amendment would have taken that away so heterosexuals voted it down. In 2008 when another amendment just about gay couples was on the ballot haterosexuals voted to deny gay couples any right to marry. Also, the U.S. Supreme Court is the most conservative it’s been in 70+ years. It’s really difficult seeing this case win with the justices on the bench right now.

  • Sug Night

    This Jane Hathaway in a designer suit will never win.

  • Dawson

    I think the line where you say, “Not that campaign supports need to back a candidate on 100% oh [his/]her platform,” pretty much sums it up. As soon as you guys figure out their is never a perfect candidate, and most of the time you end up voting for the lesser of two evils, you will figure out that trying to hold all candidate supporters responsible for everything the candidate said is just a joke. I know, lets throw this dude under the bus although he is making more strives than anyone before him and really gets that Human Rights is not a political issue just like we threw Target under the bus although they treat their gay/lesbian employees like actual equals. God, you guys won’t rest until that buss has claimed more blood than most B rate horror movies, will ya?

  • Drake

    Carly Fiorina was a hardcore McCain, ultra rightist. She must be stopped.

  • Syl

    Yeah, hate to break it to you guys, but there are other issues at play, and the sad fact is that in our two-party system you have to support the GOP if you want lower-taxes, enforcement of immigration and pro-rich, pro-growth policies. Not all of them go for the Christian Right’s agenda-a lot just pay lip-service to get their votes. Of course, some, like Angle and Fiorina, do, and that’s the danger.

    Likewise, even poor whites, the elderly, and minorities who hate the gays vote Democrat because they fear the GOP will strip away their benefits (and, in the case of the Latinos, deport them/their family members).

  • whatever

    Duh. He’s a Republican at heart. Great work on this case, but it was his work on Bush v. Gore that gave us the Bush years and the myriad attendant disasters associated therein.

    He’s a mixed bag.

  • Benito

    The Republicans are so funny, when the economy is good you say let’s all celebrate “Cinco de Mayo, my brothers” but when the economy is down “it’s all your fault, you damn immigrant”. When most Americans (with Latin America roots) go to the polls this November we will remember that the GOP has gone on a nationwide rant in proposing and passing several anti-immigration legislation and have continue to blame the immigrant for the flat economy or worse. We will remember who stands with us and who stands against us, so trying to stop it now is somewhat funny, but go ahead, you will not change our minds. Is does not help that the GOP has recently attacked the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Your hate made you do it, in November; you will reap what you have sown.

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