Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign has posted an open letter rescinding the LGBTQ org's baffling-to-begin-with endorsement of Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, who is battling amazing progressive Tammy Duckworth in Illinois.
Kirk took a blunt, vicious racist jab at Duckworth in their debate this week, then briefly apologized on Twitter, but Griffin used the lackluster apology as an excuse to dump Kirk, something HRC had been urged to do from the moment they endorsed him.
It's hard to know who's more non compos mentis—Kirk or HRC.
Leadership is about more than the legislation one sponsors and the votes one casts. On Thursday night, Senator Kirk’s comments about his opponent’s heritage were deeply offensive and racist. His attempt to use Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth’s race as a means to undermine her family’s American heritage and patriotism is beyond reprehensible. Yesterday, Senator Kirk tweeted an apology that failed to adequately address the real harm and magnitude of his words. So today, following a vote by our board’s committee, the Human Rights Campaign withdrew our support of Senator Kirk.
HRC is still dead to me, unfortunately. Time and again, it endorses fucking Republicans over Democrats—that is unacceptable. Why settle for enemies when we can have friends?