POLITICS

Social Conservative Robocall Drops 'Homosexual' Reference Ten Times In Attacking Democrat

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.

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.