“‘Architect of the Defeat of Federal Marriage Amendment’ Tom Daschle Receives Homosexual Award,” by Bob Ellis, Dakota Voice, 15 June 2005, http://www.dakotavoice.com/200506/20050615_5.asp (from South Dakota Politics).
Former South Dakota Senator and former Senate Majority Leader Daschle received the New York National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Leadership Award for leading the â€œsuccessful fight to defeat the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment in the Senate,â€ according to Roberta Sklar, Communications Director for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Many consider Daschleâ€™s opposition to the Federal Marriage Amendment a key reason for his 4,508-vote loss to John Thune in November 2004. Daschle was the first Senate party leader in 52 years to lose a re -election bid. …
â€œSenator Daschle put his quarter-century career in Congress on the line to stand up to the forces of intolerance and division and kill the Federal Marriage Amendment. We are proud to honor such rare courage and leadership,â€ says Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
The Human Rights Campaign, one of the nationâ€™s most vocal homosexual advocacy groups, gave Daschle a score of 63% on their 2004 scorecard, and 100% on their 2002 scorecard
Accepting an award for standing up to his old constituents won’t win Daschle any friends in South Dakota. NGFLF is extreme enough, even ignoring South Dakota politics. To those new to the Mount Rushmore State: The most visible defense of the homosexualists who volunteered to clean up litter on a South Dakota highway was by the Ku Klux Klan. I believe the Grand Wizard’s quote was “Who cares who does it? The roads need to be clean!”
But Daschle keeps making noises about running again. If he’s not going to run from South Dakota, he could either
- move, and run from another state, or
- run for President
Moving to another state just isn’t likely. President Daschle, on the other hand…
Tom almost decided to in 2004. He was so close, in fact, that the Sioux Falls Argus Leader ran a front-page banner headline saying Daschle was in. It looks like Daschle is presenting himself as the liberal alternative to Hillary Clinton in 2008, who has been moving right on cultural issues.