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Gay Democrat Sues DNC

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The Advocate has a great interview with activist Donald Hitchcock who is suing the Democratic National Committee. Donald is the former Director of the DNC?s Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council until he was fired in May 2006 after his partner Democratic strategist Paul Yandura made critical comments of the DNC lack of involvement in fighting anti-gay amendments to state constitutions. Donald says that he was fired in retaliation for Paul?s comments.

I know both Donald and Paul. Both are strong supporters of the Democratic Party and passionate about advancing LGBT civil rights. Donald is a former staffer for the Human Rights Campaign and the National LGBT Health Coalition. Paul is a former Clinton administration appointee and has raised millions of dollars for Democratic candidates.

Here is an excerpt from the interview:

Question: What did you think when you read Howard Dean?s comments in The Advocate last year alluding to your poor job performance?

Donald Hitchcock: It didn?t surprise me, because there was already that kind of talking point coming out of the DNC. The fund-raisers had been doing that for some time. Ultimately they?re just trying to raise money from our community. It was actually a sad, shameful thing for Governor Dean to say, because there was no poor job performance review or any sort of criticism of my performance while I was at the DNC.

Question: What was the most shocking aspect of how things went down?

Donald Hitchcock: That the fund-raisers in the Democratic Party feel that they can?t be held accountable for defaming somebody, and they?re exempt from consequences when they go out and slander people that used to work for the Democratic Party. This lawsuit?s about holding them accountable and holding the Democratic Party to our values.

Question: Have things changed at all for the better at the DNC since you?ve left?

Donald Hitchcock: I don?t think so. What a lot of people don?t know is that Brian [Bond] asked to meet with me a few months ago to discuss the strategy of what?s happening within the DNC. Brian even called Paul and asked if he?d keep up the outside pressure during the delegate selections rule fight, because the senior staff was working against the gay community?s desires. Brian specifically asked that Paul keep up the pressure so that we didn?t get screwed in the process. He will obviously deny this, because if he doesn?t, he?ll be fired. But during the court proceedings everyone will be under oath?including myself?and I look forward to shining some sun on this.

Read the full interview here.

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