posted by April 29 at 11:19 AMon
The Human Rights Campaign—they’re the mainstream gay rights group with all the money and the little blue equal bumper stickers—has refused to endorse the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for US Senate in North Carolina. His name is Jim Neal and he’s a homo.
Jim Neal, a progressive Democrat in North Carolina, is running to take on Senator Elizabeth Dole. He was the only Democrat running for the nomination until the National Democratic Party found out he was gay. The DSCC freaked, and recruited a Republican-lite candidate named Kay Hagan to run for the nomination (she originally refused to run). Basically, everyone in Washington DC is freaked that there is a openly gay candidate who actually has a shot of winning the Dem nomination on May 6th.
Jim Neal is supported by many here in North Carolina. He’s a businessman/investment banker, so he has financial sense. He also is progressive on many issues. He’s an amazing speaker in person, and would really put Elizabeth Dole on her toes.
Why won’t HRC endorse Neal? Well, when the DNC says jump, HRC leaps into low-earth orbit.
spnjeep at Kos points out that Jim Neal backs equal rights for teh gays, while his opponent in the Democratic primary refuses to answer any questions about her views on gay civil equality. So this endorsement would seem to be a no-brainer for which HRC would be over-qualified.
Still… it seems to me that not receiving the endorsement of the nation’s largest gay rights group might actually help Neal with North Carolina voters. He should point to HRC’s refusal to endorse him as proof that he doesn’t march in lock-step with gay rights groups, blah blah blah, and that their non-endorsement is proof that he’s not a single-issue candidate.