By Bil Browning
After I reported on Bilerico Project that Stan Solomon, the campaign manager for Republican teabagger Marvin Scott's 7th congressional campaign, has been tweeting incredibly offensive anti-gay and xenophobic statements, Indiana Stonewall Democrats issued a statement calling for Solomon's termination.
You can also see other screenshots of the tweets here.
The Scott campaign, long mired in anti-Muslim bigotry itself, has indicated they are considering cutting Solomon loose. Scott told WISH-TV 8:
"I don't know what he wrote, so I can't comment on it. But I do want to say I apologize to that community," said Scott. "I'm disappointed to hear this, and I am taking steps to remedy that."
Asked what remedies he's considering Scott answered, “I wouldn't like to say that, but it's the way any administrator would act when there's a loose cannon on the ship."
Watch the WISH-TV report and look for the candidate's responses. He actually seems shocked and automatically apologizes - albeit to "that community." I love the reporter's question at the end. "Will Marvin Scott fire his unpaid volunteer campaign manager?" Sadly, she doesn't give Bilerico credit even though she's holding a copy of my post in her hands as she interviews Scott.
The Indiana Stonewall Democrats released this statement:
The Indiana Stonewall Democrats are dismayed at the horribly xenophobic and homophobic comments Stan Solomon has made on Twitter. But what is more surprising is that Dr. Scott has not called for Solomon's immediate dismissal.
We make that call now.
Dr. Scott's inaction puts the choice for 7th District voters in stark contrast. While Dr. Scott ignores continued expressions of bigotry by his closest advisor, Congressman Andre Carson is a staunch ally of the LGBT community and is committed to honoring the diversity of the 7th District. ISD is proud to support Representative Carson and the respectful campaign he has run.
Lori Morris, President of ISD, added, "As part of a minority group constantly attacked by far-right groups, we stand in solidarity with Congressman Carson's respect for diversity. We strongly condemn Stan Solomon's hate speech that advocates the burning of Muslim holy cities and refers to LGBT people by derogatory slurs."
(Crossposted from my home blog, Bilerico Project. Come visit me there to see why both the Washington Post and the Advocate magazine named us one of the top 10 LGBT political blogs in the nation.)