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NYT Profiles Leading Iowa Anti-Gay Bigot Bob Vander Plaats

The NYT magazine takes a chummy look at leading anti-gay bigot Bob Vander Plaats:

Vanderplaats Vander Plaats is a 47-year-old former high-school principal who fails, once every four years, to win the governorship. But he is also Iowa’s most prominent social conservative. He is the man who led Mike Huckabee through the state’s Pizza Ranches in 2008, just before the chronically underfinanced candidate surprised the rest of the country by winning Iowa. He is the man who helped ride three state Supreme Court justices off the bench last year, after they decided in support of gay marriage. “He’s already a gatekeeper,” says David Yepsen, the legendary former political reporter for The Des Moines Register. “He’s got a base and an organization.”

That organization, The FAMiLY LEADER (they’ve consigned the “I” to lowercase to emphasize the individual’s submission before God), involves a PAC, a nonprofit and, more recently, a Presidential Lecture Series that introduces potential presidential candidates to three audiences, in three Iowa cities, over the course of a day. Tim Pawlenty was the first lecturer this year, Ron Paul the second. Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum are scheduled to speak as well.

In related news, on Thursday, Sioux City attorney Dan Moore, who works with the organization, "Fair Courts for Us," an organization against inserting politics into the judiciary, spoke out against Vander Plaats and his campaign to remove judges.

Watch Moore and Vander Plaats speak out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I just love that picture you always use of Van Der Plaats :-)

    Posted by: Jon. | Mar 11, 2011 10:09:37 AM

  2. You just know he hangs out near playgrounds.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Mar 11, 2011 10:11:00 AM

  3. Van Der Plaats (he’s consigned the extra “a” to emphasize that he’s a complete assh*le).

    Posted by: ichabod | Mar 11, 2011 10:23:00 AM

  4. Every time I see that photo I think:

    "Screaming Budgie"

    Posted by: johnny | Mar 11, 2011 10:37:35 AM

  5. Sorry, but I sniff a distinct aroma of eau de closet queen around this guy.

    Posted by: Rick S. | Mar 11, 2011 10:37:35 AM

  6. "To fight the battle you need to know your enemy"! At first i was chagrined by the fact the NYT would do a piece on this aass!! but see me opening quote!

    Posted by: alexInBoston | Mar 11, 2011 11:28:16 AM

  7. When the New York Times isn't helping blame 11 year old girls for being gang-raped by 18 men and boys 'cause, like, she dressed "older than her age and wore makeup," it likes to get all "chummy" with bigots.

    Oh, well, at least they didn't help report false information that led us into war. Oh... wait...

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Mar 11, 2011 11:35:44 AM


    I'm I the only one who read "plaats" as a verb? As in, "For Christ's sake don't ask Bob Vander - give him two drinks and he plaats."

    We need to bring this to the attention of Dan Savage…

    Posted by: Bryan | Mar 11, 2011 2:50:10 PM

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