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  •  Since Deal campaigns on hating teh gay (4+ / 0-)
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    Ray Radlein, Woody, ExStr8, mr crabby

    and his opposistion to any equal rights for GLBT people and even had a television commercial about it during the primary the answer to your question is no.
    But your concern is appreciated.

    •  What happens if GLBT voters stay home? (0+ / 0-)

      It's not a question of whether they'll vote for Deal.  Obviously, GLBT voters will not.  But will they stay at home due to Barnes' relationship with Bishop Eddie Long?

      •  No. (1+ / 0-)
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        billlaurelMD

        And all this diary is trying to do is suggest they should.   It's off a piece with an earlier diary of yours suggesting AAs in Georgia should not support Democrats because abortion is genocide.  But thanks for playing.
        I can't imagine what anti-GLBT legislation a Gov. Deal could dream up and get passed.

        •  Stick to the facts. . . (0+ / 0-)
          . . .And don't resort to making stuff up.

          I remember every diary I've posted on this site, and never have I advocated that blacks should abandon the Democratic Party over the abortion issue.

          On a side note, I applaud you on your continued condescending tone while hiding behind your computer screen.

          To quote the character Sam Seaborn from the NBC political drama The West Wing, "When I write something, I sign my name."

          Andre Walker

          •  Oh yeah (0+ / 0-)

            You're the pro Tim Tebow ad guy, not the billboard guy.  Sorry but doesn't change my comments.  

            •  Allow me, then, to tear down. . . (0+ / 0-)

              . . .Your comments with more facts.

              ProjectQ Atlanta, another widely read Georgia GLBT publication, raised the same concerns I raised in this diary.

              As the salacious lawsuits made national headlines, former Gov. Roy Barnes canceled a planned fundraiser with Long, according to the AJC. Long, labeled one of the most anti-gay megachurch preachers in the country, held a fundraiser for Barnes during the Democratic primary and has donated $5,000 to his campaign.

              Last year, Long donated $2,400 to the mayoral campaign of Lisa Borders, a gay-friendly candidate who enjoys broad support among LGBT politicos. His donation to Barnes presents the same quandary it did for Borders – Long carries great influence among black voters and his support can boost a campaign though it carries with it the risk of alienating some gay voters.

              Hennie, Matt (2010-9-23).  Eddie Long calls charges false; photos emerge.  ProjectQ Atlanta.  Retrieved on 2010-9-23.  

               So back to the underlying question of this diary:

              In a tight election, where every vote will count, will Barnes' association with Bishop Eddie Long --hardly a friend to the gay community-- cost him support among GLBT voters?

              There's a risk that it might, and it would be foolish to think otherwise.

              •  How does that tear down my comment? (0+ / 0-)

                Do you even know any gay people in Atlanta?  That had nothing to do with Bishop Eddie Long.  I'm sure some GLBT voted for Borders, but more voted for Mary Norwood, who is straight but very friendly with the Atlanta GLBT community.

                •  I know several. . . (0+ / 0-)

                  . . .members of Atlanta's GLBT community.

                  In fact, I was legislative aide for state Representative Karla Drenner (D - Avondale Estates) during the debate over gay marriage in 2004.

                  I saw firsthand how members of the GLBT community were absolutely dejected when S.R. 595 passed the Georgia House by three votes.

                  So, if I may adopt your condescending tone, nice try and thanks for your lame attempt at questioning my credentials in Georgia's GLBT community.

                  •  Blaming Bishop Eddie Long for Borders' defeat is (0+ / 0-)

                    ridiculous.  You know she is openly gay, right?  And anyone who would use this as an excuse not to vote after 8 years of Sonny is not a progressive, or a democrat, or concerned about GLBT equal rights in GA.  We're not FL but we could be.
                    This wouldn't have anything to do with the new Ras poll out today would it?

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