- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Outer ousted

Research by conservative bloggers has revealed a connection between the exposure of former Rep. Mark Foley’s sex scandal and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest homosexual rights group.

An anonymous Internet site called “Stop Sex Predators” helped push information about Mr. Foley’s homosexuality into the news last month. Conservative online sleuths — including Ace of Spades HQ (ace.mu.nu) — identified “Stop Sex Predators” as based in Royal Oak, Mich.

An anonymous conservative then created a new site, “Stop October Surprises,” and with tracking software identified the “Stop Sex Predators” blogger as someone using an HRC Internet account.

The Washington-based organization says it has fired the employee involved in outing Mr. Foley.

In a statement, HRC spokesman Brad Luna said: “it came to our attention [Tuesday] that an HRC employee, hired just last month to work for us in Michigan, was responsible for initially posting these e-mails on his blog. We investigated the matter, determined that HRC resources had been inappropriately used, and let him go. No one at the Human Rights Campaign, other than this individual, had any knowledge of his activities.”

Texas twist

Not often does a Republican politician campaign for another party’s candidate, but that’s what former Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia will be doing this weekend in Texas, at a rally to support Bob Smither, the Libertarian candidate for the House seat vacated by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

In addition to headlining the noon rally Saturday in Sugarland, Mr. Barr has recorded new radio ads for the Libertarian candidate, praising “my good friend, Bob Smither” as “a true lower-tax, smaller-government conservative.”

During four terms in the House, Mr. Barr was known for his fierce opposition to the Clinton administration. Mr. Barr, a member of the National Rifle Association’s board of directors, now operates an Atlanta-based consulting firm.

Because of legal complications in the wake of Mr. DeLay’s resignation, there will be no Republican on the Nov. 7 ballot in Texas’ 22nd District. Mr. Smither is the only other candidate on the ballot against Democrat Nick Lampson, although local Republican officials have backed the write-in candidacy of Houston City Council member Shelley Sekula-Gibbs.

Arnold vs. Bush

After weeks of subtle jabs at fellow Republicans in Congress and the White House, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger turned more blunt Tuesday in a tart letter to President Bush, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Chiding the president for ignoring his plea for more leeway to toughen California’s vehicle-exhaust standards, Mr. Schwarzenegger complained about “the absence of a coherent federal policy” to stop global warming.

At the same time, Mr. Schwarzenegger’s Democratic challenger,state Treasurer Phil Angelides, dismissed the governor’s detachment from Mr. Bush as a ruse. “Look, the Republicans are going down in this election, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is going with them because he is part of the same team and has the same agenda,” Mr. Angelides said Tuesday after a Bay Area speech to a raucous union crowd.

Media cheer

“It was predictable that Nancy Pelosi would get a honeymoon from the press if Democrats took the House. What has been surprising is that the honeymoon has begun even before the blessed event,” the editors of National Review said yesterday at www.nationalreview.com.

“Pelosi has held her caucus together to block major Republican initiatives over the last two years, while throwing every name in the book at her opponents (‘immoral,’ ‘corrupt,’ ‘incompetent’; she’s even said they’re running a criminal enterprise). In the media’s typical terminology, this should make Pelosi a ‘partisan obstructionist,’ and probably ‘mean-spirited’ to boot. …

“In 1994, the media portrayed Newt Gingrich as a fire-breathing, radical right-winger. The week of the election, Time put a red-faced Gingrich on its cover with the headline ‘Mad As Hell.’ By contrast, when Pelosi isn’t warm and cuddly, she’s a master politician. To wit, a recent profile of Pelosi that aired on NBC’s ‘Today’ opened with these words: ‘She often introduces herself as a mother and grandmother, and is known for her trademark smile. But don’t be fooled. At 66, she is ambitious, effective, and has made an art form of staying on message.’

“The media haven’t been able to conceal their rooting interest in this election. They visibly pant over the prospect of a big Democratic night on November 7.”

Hostettler’s ad

An Indiana congressman has started a new campaign ad that warns a vote for his Democratic opponent could trigger a shift in House leadership and advance a “homosexual agenda.”

In the one-minute radio ad paid for by Friends of Rep. John Hostettler, an announcer impersonating Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry” character says a vote for challenger Brad Ellsworth would be a vote for California Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House speaker.

“Pelosi will then put in motion her radical plan to advance the homosexual agenda, led by Barney Frank, reprimanded by the House after paying for sex with a man who ran a gay brothel out of Congressman Frank’s home,” the narrator says.

The ad, which debuted Saturday across southwestern Indiana, also accuses Mr. Ellsworth of wanting to “give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens with Detroit liberal John Conyers, and raise taxes with New York liberal Charlie Rangel,” the Associated Press reports.

“I know what you’re thinking,” the narrator says. “Is this true? Well, do you feel lucky? Go ahead, vote for Brad Ellsworth. Make Nancy Pelosi’s day.”

Ford ad yanked

The Republican National Committee yesterday said it was taking off the air an ad that critics said involved racist insinuations against Democratic Tennessee Senate candidate Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr., MSNBC said yesterday.

The ironic ad had a series of “voters” praising Mr. Ford in terms not likely to win friends and influence people, such as “Terrorists need their privacy,” “When I die, Harold Ford will let me pay taxes again” and “Canada can take care of North Korea. They’re not busy.” It ends with a “party girl”-type cooing to the camera saying, “Call me, Harold.” Mr. Ford attended the Playboy Super Bowl party in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2005.

Because the woman in the ad is white and Mr. Ford black, the ad has been criticized by the NAACP and other groups as racist and prompted Mr. Ford to confront Republican opponent Bob Corker in person at a Corker rally last weekend. In a statement yesterday, Mr. Corker called the ad “tacky” and said he was “grateful the ad is no longer airing.”

Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the RNC said the ad wasn’t being “pulled,” but simply that the spot had simply “run its course.”

Conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh defended the RNC ad yesterday before it was pulled, saying, “Liberals are just a bunch of spoiled kids. They think they’re ready for hardball, but they can’t handle it when people punch back. … This is a great ad that’s running on Harold Ford … . It’s a great way of painting his position on the issues.”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or [email protected].

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