Human Rights Campaign targets Frank VanderSloot

9 Mar

The Human Rights Campaign is looking to pressure Mitt Romney into firing Frank VanderSloot, who they accuse of being severely anti-gay. (Photo from the Human Rights Campaign)

Idaho’s own Frank VanderSloot is Mitt Romney’s National Finance Chair, and has allegedly bullied some news organizations into not saying anything bad about him. Long story short, a lot of people don’t like him.

Now, he has another enemy in the Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights group that fights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The HRC has launched a new campaign called Fire Frank, that aims to do just what it says.

The campaign calls VanderSloot “one of the most ruthlessly anti-gay businessmen in the nation.” Ouch. So where did this accusation come from? From the HRC:

VanderSloot helped bankroll the Prop 8 campaign, and has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-LGBT causes. He spearheaded a heinous billboard campaign against Idaho Public Television for airing content that “promote[s] the homosexual lifestyle.”

VanderSloot even outed a reporter who covered a scandal in the local Boy Scouts troop proving his ruthless tactics have no boundaries.

Double Ouch. That reporter they’re referring to is supposedly an Idaho Falls reporter that alleged VanderSloot tried to out him. For his part, the controversial businessman responded to these anti-gay claims saying “It was public knowledge that [he] was gay,” and “I have many gay friends who I love and respect.”

The Prop 8 claim stems from his wife’s $100,000 donation to California’s Prop 8 campaign, and the use of his of company’s call center to call California voters in support of the measure.

But the VanderSloot drama really flared up when MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow challenged his record in a long rant. It looks like the attention caught the eye of the HRC, and their Fire Frank campaign is likely to gain traction.

The idea behind the campaign is to send messages to Mitt Romney to pressure him into firing VanderSloot. People fill out a form on the website which will then be sent to the Republican presidential candidate. Just looking at the number of cars around town with HRC stickers, I’m guessing this might be popular.

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