I'm a Gay GOP Voter for Huckabee in CA's Primary
My business at the department of elections was simple, as a registered Green Party voter: Change my party affiliation to Republican.
Since California is a key battleground state in the Super Duper Tuesday February 5 primaries, playing a key role in selecting the major parties' presidential candidates like it hasn't since the 1970s, I want to use my vote to mess with the GOP.
Instead of sitting out the California primary as a Green voter, my intention is to vote for the worst Republican candidate possible this year.
Why, you ask, when the GOP is so far from my leftist views and represents nothing of value to me? To further hasten the collapse and ruin of the GOP policies and the intolerant hard-right Christian leadership that has aided and abetted Bush for the past seven disastrous years.
My vote on February 5 will play a small part in saddling the Republicans with their worst candidate, giving me tremendous satisfaction.
If the California primary were held today, I'd cast my ballot for Mike Huckabee. An evangelical who once preached for quarantining people with AIDS and opposes gay equality, lacks foreign policy expertise and experience, and appeals to hardcore Christian voters? Yeah, he is the most dangerous GOP candidate today.
My second choice would be Mitt Romney, with the third choice being Rudy Giuliani. They have their frightening faults to be sure, but neither scares me like Huckabee does.
However, things will certainly change between now and February 5, with the Romney and Giuliani campaigns potentially moving to overtake Huckabee as the most terrible GOP contender, and if that happens, I would cast my ballot accordingly.
Now back to the SF elections department. I filled out a new registration form and went to the front desk to turn it in, and who should be at the counter but Chris Bowman, the vice president of the local GOP committee who is openly gay and is active with the Log Cabin organization. He asked what I was up to and got a hearty laugh from hearing my voting plans.
Not wanting him to get the wrong impression of my one-time GOP registration, I assured Bowman that I would register again as a Green as soon as the February primary was over.
I turned in my registration form, had it stamped by the election worker, asked for it back, then had the worker snap a photo of me holding the form, standing next to Bowman. Just for posterity's sake.
Like my Obama-supporting friends, I'm ready for the California primary in a few weeks, and contributing further setbacks for the GOP.