By Jon E. Easter
He praised me on his blog earlier this week, but I have to call Abdul out again on an inaccuracy on his blog. I would hope he'd try to keep me honest too.
On Wednesday, Abdul reported the following in this post:
Are Democrats Getting Stonewalled?
There is a growing rift between State party Democrats and LGBT Democrats. Reliable sources tell me that House candidates who are sympathetic to gay rights have been “advised” by the director of House races to keep their distance from gay-friendly events like last weekend’s Indy Pride festival.
Gay Democrats are reportedly upset lawmakers like U.S. Senate candidate Brad Ellsworth and State Representative candidate Brett Voorhies and legislator Ed Delaney stayed away and Rep John Barnes didn’t walk the parade this year. The Marion County Democratic party did not by (sic) booth space at the event and instead tried to piggy back on the Stonewall Democrats efforts. Stonewall Dems donated about $10,000 in the past to Democratic candidates, but that support might not be there in the future if state Democrats don’t start giving back.
Now, I'm working on tracking down the veracity of the first part of that in regards to the Indiana Democratic Party's relationship with the Stonewall Democrats. Look for that coming up in a future blog post. I will say that, in my early tree shaking, it looks there appears to be a kernel of truth in that assessment of the situation between the groups. More research is needed before I can confirm or dismiss the entire assessment of the situation.
However, the part about the Marion County Democratic Party appears to be just flat out wrong. The Stonewall Democrats put out a statement in rebuttal to the claim on Abdul's blog.
There have been some recent comments in the blogosphere about Stonewall and the Marion County Democratic Party sharing booth space at Pride this year. It would appear some are trying to paint division between Stonewall and the MCDP by using our shared booth space as evidence that MCDP isn't as supportive of the LGBT community as it should be.
We would like to set the record straight, so to speak, about the booth arrangements this year at Pride. Indiana Stonewall Democrats invited the Marion County Democratic Party and all Hoosier Democrats running for office to share our booth space. MCDP paid their fair share of the double-size booth space we were sharing and a good number of our Democratic friends were present throughout the day.
We are proud we were able to share our space with the Marion County Democratic Party. Any Democrat or Democratic organization that wishes to share booth space with us has an open invitation. Stonewall is the representative organization for LGBT Democrats and we believe in displaying that association at every opportunity.