An otherwise obscure statehouse race in Midland County, Michigan, may be home to the most remarkable robocall of the election cycle -- put up by a social conservative group, it drops the word "homosexual" ten times.
Over the weekend, Gary Glenn, the chairman of the Campaign for Michigan Families, released a robocall attacking the Democratic candidate in the race, Toni Sessoms, as a stooge for the "homosexual activist agenda." Sessoms is openly gay. But if a voter didn't know that, they certainly got the point after getting Glenn's call.
Glenn's campaign is micro-targeted towards re-affirming support for Michigan's marriage protection amendment (which he helped author), outlawing same-sex marriage in the state. But there is no subtlety to the script. For good measure, Glenn used the word lesbian and transgender to bring his inferences of homosexuality to a solid dozen.
Shaun Dakin, who monitors robocalls in state and federal elections, notes that this isn't the first time that Glenn has used the sexuality of his ideological opponent as a political cudgel. His organization ran radio ads and robocalls attacking Judge William Baillargeon for once serving on the board of advisers for the Detroit-based Triangle Foundation, which serves Michigan's gay and lesbian community.