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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Reggie Edwards on the Bachmann Amendment

A few days back I mentioned that Rick Stafford - Chair of the GLBT DNC Caucus has endorsed the DFL Bachmann amendment supporter Rebecca Otto for State Auditor. I wrote to Otto's opponent for the DFL nomination, Reggie Edwards about the Bachmann amendment:


This isn't an auditor issue but:

If you were in the legislature, would you have voted for the Bachmann
amendment the way your opponent, Rebecca Otto did? Otto supported
this amendment - which bans gay marriage and legal equivalents in the
Minnesota constitution.

From: Reggie Edwards
To: Eva Young


My older brother Darryl Keith Edwards was gay and died of AIDS in 1993. I helped care for him as he withered away and died. My family and I made sure that his partner was treated like family at the hospital and later at the funeral home. My brother and I were close, and I gave my son Noah the same middle name as Darryl.

Under no circumstances would I vote for the Bachmann Amendment or any other such restriction of civil rights.


Reggie Edwards

It will be interesting to see what Stonewall DFL does on this race.

From their website:

December 12, 2005


Thank you for your continued help and support of the LGBT community! There is a lot to celebrate in Minnesota for the DFL and members of the LGBT community in 2005. It has been a great year to see how grass roots politics can indeed make a difference by getting individuals together to find their voice.

As we look ahead to 2006, we will continue our tradition of an early endorsement convention. This year we will offer Early Endorsement to those candidates who have previously been endorsed by our caucus for the same race. (Think of it as a renewal of a previous endorsement.) Details are still being finalized for this process, but should be available by week's end. Details of the Regular Endorsement should be available at the same time.

As our constitution stipulates, we will be sending a mailing to our current dues paying members. We will expand this list to include members from the previous year as well. This mailing will invite them to renew their membership, as well as provide Endorsement Convention Details. To facilitate candidate communications to our members, we are allowing candidates to provide lit pieces that we will include in the mailing. To have your literature included in the mailing, materials must be received by Saturday, December 17, 2005. This is very short notice. The details are below:

How many? Please provide 250 lit pieces
How big? Limited to 3 2/3 in x 8.5 in. (1/3 sheet), double sided, standard weight
How much? 10¢ / piece
Content limitations? You are welcome to list past Stonewall DFL endorsements, as long as they are accurately attributed
Send to? Please arrange to mail to or drop off with:

Matt Klaber
1600 Grand Ave St.Paul, MN 55105

Due by: Saturday, December 17, 2005

Given the time constraints, I'm willing to make arrangements to print lit pieces at FedEx Kinko's for you at cost. Please note this is not union printing. I can receive most any design file you send my way. Other arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis. Candidates are also welcome to combine literature.

Once the mailing is complete, we will also be sending the same information via email to our list of over 700 supporters. You are also welcome to provide content for that mailing, though details will come soon.

Endorsement details will be available by week's end. If anyone would like to be brought up to speed, feel free to contact me.

If you are not interested in providing lit, but are still interested in the endorsement, please let me know your contact information or the contact information of the preferred contact on the campaign.

Matt Klaber
Political Support Committee Chair
Stonewall DFL
Cell: 507-327-4946

Now I wonder if Stonewall ever got around to endorsing Terri Bonoff or John Dietering - the two DFL candidates running for election in the recent special election, or whether Stonewall endorsed the St Cloud DFL candidates running for election.

It will be interesting to see if the Federal Bachmann Amendment supporting candidate for congress, Elwyn Tinklenberg plans on putting some of his literature into this mailing.