Talk2Action: ...a billboard went up over I-91 near the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield -- comparing Democratic state Rep. Angelo Puppolo to Judas Iscariot and Benedict Arnold.
At issue is Puppolo's vote last June not to allow a state constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage to appear on the ballot in 2008. ..."Tactics like this reinforce my belief that I did the right thing," Puppolo told The Springfield Republican. "I voted to keep discrimination off the ballot and out of the Massachusetts constitution."
This group is what Talk2Action calls "the long arm of Dobson." They're "Focus on the Family"
funded [see clarification below], and they target small state races (Puppolo is a freshman state rep, for crying out loud) with national money and huge budgets that no state rep can match. Dobson's ilk has no interest in the fact that Puppolo is a devout Catholic, married father of two, who attends Mass every week. Comparing someone like that to Judas Iscariot is desperate, pathetic...and often successful.
Clarification: Frederick Clarkson of Talk2Action writes in: I did not say that National Organization for Marriage or any of the named groups are "funded" by Dobson and or Focus on the Family.
Focus on the Family does set up and work closely with these state level groups, but there is a certain arms length relationship for all kinds of reasons. I doubt any money flows directly from FOF to any of these groups. The relationship, for legal reasons, is less direct.
Blue Gal adds: For tax purposes, too.