The New Quislings
He left Lawrence and landed in a top-ranking job in the Bush administration.
Now, attorney Scott J. Bloch is once again a lightning rod for criticism. This time from the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay organization that Wednesday began demanding Bloch be sacked. Bloch, who worked 15 years for Lawrenceâ€™s Stevens & Brand law firm, now heads the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
â€œScott Bloch is a rogue official,â€ said Chris Barron, spokesman for Log Cabin Republicans. â€œHe should be replaced.â€
The national organization representing gay and lesbian Republicans on Wednesday began a campaign urging President Bush to fire Bloch.
Federal law prohibits employment discrimination based on race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability and political affiliation. It does not apply to sexual orientation, Bloch said.
But Barron blasted Blochâ€™s interpretation, saying the special counsel has the legal firepower to safeguard against gay discrimination, if he wanted to use it the way his predecessors have.
â€œHe says he doesnâ€™t have statutory authority, but he knows that since 1974 â€” the Richard Nixon era! â€” federal law has been interpreted to prohibit discrimination against federal employees based on sexual orientation,â€ Barron said.
â€œAnd yet, 30 years later, Scott Bloch shows up and decides he no longer has authority. Itâ€™s absolutely outrageous.â€
This would be funny if it weren’t so sad for those who rights have been denied by Bloch.
The Log Cabin Republicans.