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  •  This is a very conservative district. (7+ / 0-)

    The religious conservatives in the NW part of the district would not listen to anything else he had to say if he did that.  They will not be reading the comments here, but they will probably look at his site.

    •  I second that comment (6+ / 0-)

      And it isnt only in the NW part of the district..  There are bastions of xenophobes and other phobes that dont need to be fueled because then they will armor up against the perceived threat.. Not to say that you should evade hide, but be careful to keep the campaign message on point.  I am now in the 5th and feel sometimes daily embarrassment about the current Representative, but the game in politics involves keeping on YOUR message and not falling into disarray.  

      There are some good people who are well meaning right-leaning folks, but they are a delicate message group.

    •  Well (1+ / 0-)
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      The religious conservatives in the NW part of the district would not listen to anything else he had to say if he did that

      The religious conservatives wouldn't vote for him even if Steve King revealed himself to be the Anti-Christ...

      If one is unwilling to stand up for equality in the face of bigotry I question a person's motives.  

      I'm not asking for a suicidal stance in a conservative district.  But an affirmation of the 14th amendment and the Declaration of Independence would be nice...

      •  He said where he is on it. (0+ / 0-)

        I was pleased to read what he wrote, and that is really all you should ask of him.  I live in rural Iowa, and have heard lectures on gay being a choice and a sin, and there is NO Reasoning With These People.  I have even pointed out that if you believe God made us all in his image, then you should believe He doesn't make mistakes.  Forget it.  

        It will be a freaking miracle if he picks off Steve King.  No need to go out of his way to antagonize people and get them revved up to vote in the midterm because he's a Godless liberal who loves gays.  Better he should point out what an incompetent embarrassment King is and how little he's done for them lately.  Or any other time.  If they just don't turn out, it's a victory.

      •  I disagree with you. (0+ / 0-)

        Foregrounding these issues is playing into Republican hands. Back in the 2006 gubernatorial election in Ohio, Ken Blackwell kept trying to drag the discussion back to Scary Gay People (since he had no viable positions on the economy which by then was Ohio's most pressing issue). Ted Strickland (now Gov. Strickland) basically ignored him and just talked about jobs, education and health care. He would have gained nothing bickering back and forth about gays. And LGBT people also want jobs, health care and quality, affordable education for themselves and their kids.

        De-orangify Congress: Justin Coussoule for Oh-08 http://www.coussouleforcongress.com/

        by anastasia p on Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 06:54:36 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, and Republicans use these issues (0+ / 0-)

      to divide and distract.

      De-orangify Congress: Justin Coussoule for Oh-08 http://www.coussouleforcongress.com/

      by anastasia p on Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 06:52:10 PM PDT

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