Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Ellsworth Misses Pride
By Jon E. Easter
Brad Ellsworth has a decision to make. Will he make more than a token effort to get the LGBT community connected with his campaign?
This past weekend, Indy Pride took place. Ellsworth was apparently in Anderson shoring up union support (like the UAW will support Dan Coats), and he's touting it on his website.
The Indiana Stonewall Democrats did not vote against Ellsworth when he was named the Democratic Party's candidate back in May, but they did not vote for him. It's starting to look like their abstention may have been a smart decision. Given an opportunity to re-vote, that abstention might now be a vote to oppose. I don't know anyone specifically in power with the Stonewalls that has said this, but I do know that many in the Indianapolis LGBT community did note his absence at Pride. It stood out like a sore thumb (as well as the absence of Mayor Ballard and a handful of others).
It honestly would not have taken much; just a show of support, a short hello, a ride in the parade. Instead, the LGBT community is STILL asking what kind of Senator they will get when they vote for Brad Ellsworth. The Congressman strikes me as someone who is very intelligent, so I know he knows that he has a fence to mend here. An excellent way to mend the fence would have been a quick visit to Indy Pride.
Instead, he may have just torn down some more fence posts.