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What is wrong with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee?

I’m still trying to figure out why it’s a flipping political problem to display your organization’s anti-discrimination policy. Apparently the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has some issues, because when PageOneQ asked whether their policy included sexual orientation, to say there was a pissy reaction is an understatement.

Less than twenty-four hours after an inquiry by PageOneQ about the lack of sexual orientation in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) non-discrimination hiring policy, the organization removed all job listings and the policy from its website.

…Bill Burton, a spokesman for the DCCC said that the policy included sexual orientation and that its absence on the website was an error. A return visit to the website revealed that the policy had not been corrected, but completely removed.

Once you read the rest, you’ll see how quickly it turned pissy.

While checking out the non-discrimination policies on the other side of the political fence, PageOneQ fared no better, though that’s not surprising:

The Republican National Committee (RNC) explained that the policy request must be faxed to Cathy Secor at the RNC. When contacted to follow-up on the faxed request, Ms. Secor hung up the phone on this reporter reporter.

Carl Forti, Director of Communications of the National Republican Congressional Committee said, “I will not tell you if there is a non discrimination policy here and if there is one I would not send it to you as it would be an internal policy.� When asked what good the policy was if perspective job applicants could not find it, Mr. Forti responded, “I am not going to discuss that with you.�

The sensitivity of the DCCC regarding openness on what should be a no-brainer for them is ridiculous, considering the many, many organizations — for-profit and non-profit — that list sexual orientation in their policies because it’s good for business/reputation. The overreaction speaks volumes.

On the RethuggliKKKan side, those organizations should be saying how they are proud to discriminate against the homos because it pleases their fundie masters, or simply state that they don’t discriminate, given the teeming amount of fags they have working for them.

[UPDATE: the information has been restored on the DCCC jobs page, reading: “All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, sex (including marital or parental status), disability, or age or any other basis prohibited by law.” (H/t to Blender Kevin, who located it)]

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