Minnesotans United PAC plans to protect legislators who voted yes on gay marriage

Minnesotans United — the coalition that worked to defeat last November’s proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and then switched gears to help get the gay marriage bill passed — says it is forming a political action committee to protect legislators, Republicans and DFLers, who voted for the legislation.

MN United PAC “will work to support and re-elect legislators who voted in favor of extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in 2013,” the group says.

Richard Carlbom, the group’s campaign manager, said in a statement:

“Minnesotans United recognizes that casting a yes vote in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry was a decision that many legislators struggled with. But their leadership and choice to stand on the side of families and freedom in Minnesota should be commended. Minnesotans statewide called on the Legislature to take action this year, and a majority of legislators answered that call and made our state the twelfth to ensure that same-sex couples and their families are finally treated equally under the law.”

The PAC says it will provide “grassroots and financial support” to Republicans and DFLers who voted for gay marriage.

“These legislators cast an important historic vote, and now it’s our turn to show our appreciation and tell them that we’ve got their back,” Carlbom said.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Mason Thornberg on 05/15/2013 - 01:05 pm.

    So instead of sending the money along to other states trying to pass same sex marriage, they are giving it to the DFL.

  2. Submitted by David Joseph De Grio on 05/16/2013 - 09:28 am.

    They are continuing to write the playbook for the rest of the US

    This has nothing to do with funding the DFL or not funding other states’ marriage campaigns.

    MN United has rewritten the playbook for the national movement. In 2011-2012 we figured out a winning strategy for voter education and message development and other states have learned from our success.

    Then in 2013 they pivoted to the legislative movement. Part of a successful lobbying campaign is to let legislators know that we will use our organizational infrastructure to support them if they take a hard vote. I anticipate MN United will target 6-8 races and support both DFL and GOP candidates where needed. We continue to rewrite the playbook on the freedom to marry.

    The incumbent protection plan has been in place since day one and will serve to show legislators in other states that when our national coalition comes knocking, we put our money where our mouth is. One of the reasons so many hesitant legislators were willing to support us is because we showed them that the National Organization for Marriage only saber rattles about spending money against them. In fact in one case from another state NOM pledged to spend $500k against legislators and only ended up spending about $50k. NOM lacks credibility now, MN United and our national coalition (HRC, Freedom to Marry, Third Way, The Task Force, etc) are building credibility for our next move in another state.

    Mason’s response was incredibly myopic.

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