"I tell you what – I never saw that coming, would you?" wrote Brian Edwards. Well, we wouldn't have. But then again, no one--gay or straight--really expects their wedding pictures will end up in a political smear campaign arguing that your wedding is immoral. What happened to Brian is pretty wretched, and it actually involves a GOP Colorado senate race involving Rep. Randy Baumgardner and Sen. Jean White --miles and miles removed from New Jersey where Edwards and his husband Tom Privitere make their home.
You see, Baumgardner and White were in a heated political race for Colorado's Senate District 8. And like politics on the bigger scale, it got nasty (Baumgardner ended up beating White). Nasty enough that an outside group, the conservative, Virginia-based Public Advocate of the United States is involved in creating and funding anti-White mailers, by painting her as pro-gay. Despite its neutral-sounding name, Public Advocate is actually designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, thanks in part to its president Eugene Delgaudio, who has never been shy in declaring his anti-gay stance.
White has a gay niece and gay nephew, and voted last year to allow same-sex Colorado couples the right to civil unions reports the Denver Post's Lynn Bartels. And those are the reasons why Public Advocate targeted White. This is the ad they mailed out, which voters received on Monday: