Republican strategist Michael Brodkorb, the former Deputy Chairman of the Minnesota State Republican Party, got booted from his position in the Republican party this spring after it was revealed that he was having an affair with Minnesota’s Senate Majority Leader. So, that’s really bad news for his wife and him, but it’s great news for us, because now that he’s never getting a job in politics again Brodkorb’s decided, Screw it, Imma start spilling the dirt on the Republicans.
According to Brodkorb, back in 2011 top GOP leaders were afraid that many Republicans would simply stay home for the 2012 election. “The belief was, the United States senate race was not going to be close, and that Republicans … and social conservatives needed a reason to get to the polls in November,” he said.
Hmmm… what could motivate social conservatives to get to the polls? Oooh ooh ooh, we know!!! The scary homosexuals and their gay Lion King propoganda. Now, Minnesota had already passed a statute against gay marriage back in the 1990’s so they really didn’t need an additional measure against it, but as Brodkorb explains, the issue was simply a political one anyway. It had nothing to do with family values or any of that business. “It provided a turnout opportunity for Republicans,” Brodkorb said.
Thinking ahead like any good political strategist should, the Brodkorb and the Republicans acted back in 2011 to get a constitutional ban on gay marriage put on the ballot in time for the November 2012 election. Which — ethical issues aside — kind of made sense at the time, because many Minnesotans were largely against gay marriage back then.
Except… the thing about gay marriage is that attitudes on it are evolving rapidly. Now political opinion has shifted so that about half of Minnesotans are polling against the ban, and the amendment will likely have the opposite effect as intended: it may mobilize the Democrats. Womp, womp.
For his part, Brodkorb says he’ll now be voting against the marriage ban.
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