Ben at Witigonen takes a look at Sho Dozono's ties to Oregon Republicans, including his endorsement by the Multnomah County Republican Party:
Okay, so Sho Dozono has received the support of the Multnomah County Republican Party. The same party that vehemently opposes basic rights and equality. But, as the Willamette Week reports, Dozono is honored to have this support and says it doesn't color his record:
Although a life-long Democrat, I am pleased to receive the endorsement from the Multnomah County Republican Party for Mayor of Portland
Sam Adams has been severely vocal regarding my endorsement by the Republican Party and is proud of the fact that he refused their request for an interview. This is yet another example of Sam's narrow focus and inability to tolerate opinions different from his own...
I'm sorry, Sho. No. You don't get it. Even though you say you will "vigorously defend equal freedoms" as you have done in the past, equality and basic rights are not opinions. They are matters of constitutionality and basic moral ethics. You should not be proud to have sought (or received) the endorsement of a group that flouts these basic tenets of our society and seeks to actively discriminate against people in our community.
The post also examines Dozono's support for Ron Saxton in 2006:
In the same vein, the Willamette Week also revealed that Sho had given a sizable sum to the Republican nominee for governor in 2006, Ron Saxton. In the end, Dozono has given over ten thousand dollars to Saxton for his runs. It might be a drop in the bucket for Sho and his companies, but the money talks.
On basic rights, equality, and LGBTQ issues, Ron Saxton was as hawkish as it gets, wanting to run roughshod over equality in a desperate appeal to the worst in Republican politics. And Sho gave money and support to him.
Although Sho has been a committed advocate for LGBTQ causes, and working with people of all political persuasions is admirable and correct, the he's way off-base here. Working with individuals is one thing, but having the support of a machine that can churn out anti-equality thugs like Saxton and actively opposes basic rights is another. This was never about refusing to work with individuals; it was always about refusing to pursue an endorsement from a group that supports a terrible, regressive cause.
Read the rest at Witigonen.