An otherwise obscure statehouse race in Midland County, Michigan, may be home to the most remarkable robocall of the election cycle -- put up by a social conservative group, it drops the word "homosexual" ten times.
Over the weekend, Gary Glenn, the chairman of the Campaign for Michigan Families, released a robocall attacking the Democratic candidate in the race, Toni Sessoms, as a stooge for the "homosexual activist agenda." Sessoms is openly gay. But if a voter didn't know that, they certainly got the point after getting Glenn's call.
Liberal Democratic lawyer and openly homosexual statehouse candidate Toni Sessoms, doesn't share our values. Michiganliberal.com boasts that Sessoms is 'independently wealthy, and if elected would become the first openly lesbian state representative.' Sessoms is endorsed by the homosexual newspaper in Detroit, by Detroit's homosexual equality Michigan PAC and by the Michigan Democratic Party homosexual and transgender caucus. Sessom's campaign manager is the openly homosexual Central Michigan University faculty member who lost the statehouse race two years ago. Her deputy campaign manager was co-president of CMU's homosexual student group -- an openly homosexual candidate with a campaign run by homosexual activists. But, of course, in a district where voters strongly supported the marriage protection amendment none of this is disclosed on Toni Sessom's campaign material. With homosexual activists in the Michigan Democratic Party pushing to repeal our marriage amendment, our families deserve a state representative we can trust shares our values. Not a candidate with a hidden agenda, homosexual activist agenda, not Toni Sessoms.
Glenn's campaign is micro-targeted towards re-affirming support for Michigan's marriage protection amendment (which he helped author), outlawing same-sex marriage in the state. But there is no subtlety to the script. For good measure, Glenn used the word lesbian and transgender to bring his inferences of homosexuality to a solid dozen.
Shaun Dakin, who monitors robocalls in state and federal elections, notes that this isn't the first time that Glenn has used the sexuality of his ideological opponent as a political cudgel. His organization ran radio ads and robocalls attacking Judge William Baillargeon for once serving on the board of advisers for the Detroit-based Triangle Foundation, which serves Michigan's gay and lesbian community.