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Watch: HRC President Joe Solmonese Says 'Every Player' Involved in the 'DADT' Repeal Process Let the Community Down


Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign, discusses the failed Senate 'DADT' repeal bill with CNN's John King.

Says Solmonese:

"Well I think everybody involved in this process let the community down. Every one of the players in this process let the community down because the fact of the matter was there was a path forward, whether it was the White House, the Democratic leadership, the Republicans who supported this bill. I have to believe we could have found that way forward and we could have gotten it done."

Does he include HRC in that group? Since February, when folks were already expressing concern that there wasn't enough leadership from Congress or the White House on the repeal issue, HRC was insisting that there was a clear path to repeal.

We've seen a lot of things this year, but a clear path is not among them.


UPDATE: Pam Spaulding calls on Solmonese to resign.

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  1. Good ol' Joe. Always an excuse. Please send another check to HRC. Thanks!


    Posted by: taodon | Dec 10, 2010 8:28:29 AM

  2. HRC is an epic, money-guzzling failure. Time to resign, Joe.

    Posted by: ichabod | Dec 10, 2010 8:29:51 AM

  3. Yes, Joe you did fail go away!!

    Posted by: Bobo | Dec 10, 2010 9:55:19 AM

  4. F shyster joe

    Posted by: | Dec 10, 2010 9:59:04 AM

  5. Ia Joe finally going to tell us what that "secret" plan was now?

    Posted by: Tim NC | Dec 10, 2010 10:16:06 AM

  6. Okay, wait, Joe Solomonese demanded, DEMANDED, action. Hello, he's Joe f*ing SOLOMONESE. You do NOT cross him. How can it be that DA/DT didn't actually get repealed?!

    Hey look, another solicitation from HRC...

    Posted by: Rich | Dec 10, 2010 10:30:52 AM

  7. His organization has repeatedly compromised itself on gay issues and no one organization, which claims to advocate for the gay community, has failedus more than the HRC. I will also add that I have never received any correspondence from them that didn't ask for a donation.

    Posted by: lk | Dec 10, 2010 10:56:07 AM

  8. Thanks for keeping it classy, Joe. *eye roll*

    Posted by: Brian | Dec 10, 2010 10:58:14 AM

  9. Joe thought he was a power bottom.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Dec 10, 2010 11:13:52 AM

  10. Joe: RESIGN you freaking piece of $250,000 waste!

    Posted by: FunMe | Dec 10, 2010 11:40:23 AM

  11. Gee, when I read the headline I thought Joe was actually taking responsibility for HRC's complete failure on DADT. **headslap**

    Posted by: Smartypants | Dec 10, 2010 11:52:55 AM

  12. Resign and let Ken Mehlman take over. At least he knows which dicks to suck to get things to happen.

    Posted by: kansastock | Dec 10, 2010 2:44:18 PM

  13. HRC = EPIC FAIL. That entire clique of self-interested Dem Party insiders and lobbyists should disband, and apologize for squandering our community's money, time and effort over their decades of failure, failure, and yet more failure.

    Posted by: the greasybear | Dec 10, 2010 3:05:27 PM

  14. Joe should not resign. He should not be given the luxury of resigning. He should be summarily fired for complete failure and assured he doesn't enter the not for profit life again.

    Posted by: Tracy | Dec 10, 2010 5:15:25 PM

  15. "Resign and let Ken Mehlman take over. At least he knows which dicks to suck to get things to happen."


    Posted by: Derek Washington | Dec 11, 2010 1:20:29 PM

  16. BTW, The NRA makes bitches quake in their boots when they walk in the room.


    Not so much.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Dec 11, 2010 1:21:32 PM

  17. Just 8 weeks ago, when it looked like DADT was here to stay, Solomonese was quietly dropping any reference to the issue in his speeches and was trying to create a distraction by staging a fake protest against the Mormons in Utah.

    This isn't a Solomonese problem. It is an institutional problem with HRC. The group either needs to fundamentally change its identity from a Democratic constituent organization to a gay rights organization, or it needs to die.

    Posted by: John | Dec 20, 2010 10:07:47 PM

  18. News flash to Joe Solmonese:
    The LCR won it's Federal case against DADT, and demonstrated in a court of law that DADT was unconstitutional and undefensible policy.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Dec 20, 2010 10:34:59 PM

  19. I am by nature and nurture a non violent person. But never in my life did I want to punch someone in the face, as that talking smug ass-hat Joey S

    Posted by: david in iowa | Dec 21, 2010 9:42:32 AM

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