Monday, July 17, 2017
Revenge of the Rainbow
The win is a win for the gay community as much as it is for Lizarraga - not because she ever really positioned herself as an advocate or anything - but because of what Robert Cormell promised he'd try to do, repeal domestic partner benefits.
Cormell was anti-gay and holds some extremist positions. He thinks its a mental illness. He thinks you can cure the gay. He thinks it undermines marriage.
Which is why the win is so notable and it mobilized the gay community and allies.
But there's one more thing that made the win notable.
The best thing Cissy Lizarraga could've done is fire her previous field team and upgrade to Mike Apodaca.
Apodaca devised and implemented an effective field program and GOTV op. Why is that a big deal?
Because Michael Apodaca is gay. There's a healthy dose of poetic justice that it was a gay man that engineered the defeat of an anti-gay candidate. Apodaca actually puts it best in this Facebook post last night.
There were other people who helped on the campaign that played important roles, and Norma Chavez handled mail.
But make no mistake about this, a tight race in which Lizarraga was behind in early voting but overcame and pulled ahead over the night, was indicative of a field win. Field is what brings you from behind to the front, not mail - and the two people most deserving of credit for this win are Lizarraga for making the call to bring in Mike, and Mike for pulling it off.
So as you know, sprinkles are for winners. Michael Apodaca is not only Homeboy of the Week, but he gets all the sprinkles.
Bright rainbow sparkly sprinkles.
Posted by The Lion Star at 8:15 AM