The Beshear-Mongiardo campaign has pulled an Ernie Fletcher. At the last minute Beshear has been sucked into a hate-filled Republican trap and has responded to negative robocalls like a sucker.
The response? This anti-gay rant from Rev. John Dunaway, former president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention:
I’m Rev. John Dunaway. The negative calls you’ve received about Steve Beshear are not true. Ernie Fletcher has been spreading lies to scare you. Don’t fall for those last minute dirty tricks.
Steve Beshear was raised in a family of preachers and [inaudible] values grounded in his faith. Steve believes marriage should be between a man and a woman and he believes we need a governor who will put the people of Kentucky first.
Please join me in voting tomorrow for Steve Beshear for governor.
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How is this a necessary response?
This comes after Jonathan Miller and others told me via e-mail (about two weeks ago) that Steve Beshear was not homophobic and had no discriminatory bones in his body. If he’s not afraid of the gays– why produce this junk that legitimizes desperate activity and send it out to thousands of Kentuckians across the Commonwealth? Why give in to the Republican playbook of scare tactics?
This response is out of fear and is nothing more than homophobic behavior. Democratic politics could do without it. The call was unnecessary and there’s no excuse for it. It has no bearing on this election.