As someone who is going to be working hard in my Senate District (the brand new Kick Ass 62) to defeat the marriage amendment, I’m really happy that the Obama campaign in Minnesota will be campaigning against it. Polling indicates that we have a lot of work to do to sway public opinion on marriage equality and defeat the so-called Sanctity of Marriage Amendment so every bit of help counts.
While every Democrat on the ticket in my Senate District is going to win by a large margin, not all DFLers are necessarily going to vote against the amendment. Typically, voters in Minneapolis and St. Paul provide the winning margins in close races.
Obama’s voice will make a huge difference because it might convince yet a few more percent to vote NO.
“While the President does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples,” said Kristen Sosanie, spokeswoman for the Obama for America – Minnesota campaign. “That’s what the Minnesota ballot initiative would do – it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples – and that’s why the President does not support it.”
Why is his huge?
Its all about bully pulpits. From the top of the ticket, to the bottom, Democrats in Minnesota will campaigning against the marriage amendment.
Both State Representative from SD62, Susan Allen and Karen Clark, are lesbians. They’ll be campaigning hard to defeat this amendment. My State Senator, Jeff Hayden, has long been an ally of the LGBT community.
My Congresscritter, Keith Ellison, stated that he’ll be campaigning against this amendment. Governor Mark Dayton will be using the bully pulpit of his office to oppose this amendment.
And now, Obama’s on board.
This is huge because everybody will be pulling in the same direction. There will be a messaging fugue targeted at independent voters, socially liberal Republicans and DFLers urging them to vote against this amendment.
Obviously, in Minneapolis its not a matter of swaying Republicans. We don’t have many. There are plenty other voters who lean toward the Green Party (around 10-15%), but I’m pretty confident they oppose discrimination like amendment.
Its a matter of increasing turnout and making sure all DFLers know to vote against the marriage amendment.
The difficulty in working at the local, grassroots level is always coordination. Imagine the chaos if Obama staffers are trying to accomplish something different than the Ellison staffers and the Klobuchar staffers are off doing their own thing while the State level candidates aren’t in the loop on everyone else’s efforts … its utter dysfunction. I’ve seen it first-hand plenty of times.
But this year there is hope that the infamous Coordinated Campaign (which is usually neither coordinated nor a campaign) will actually live up to its name.