For Immediate Release
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May 11, 2012
Contact: Jerame Davis
Mitt Romney is a Bully and So Is His Senior Advisor
In the May issue of GQ magazine, a profile of Mitt Romney's senior advisor Eric Fehrnstrom sheds light on Fehrnstrom's shady past. In a 1992 story Fehrnstrom wrote for the Boston Herald, he outed a transgender woman who had just been elected to her first term in the Massachusetts state legislature. National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director, Jerame Davis, had the following response:
"Mitt Romney's a bully and now we know his senior advisor, Eric "Etch-A-Sketch" Ferhnstrom is one too. Fehrnstrom, Romney's version of Karl Rove, doesn't have the excuse of youth to explain his outing of a transgender legislator in 1992. He was a reporter for the Boston Globe whom sources describe as 'gleeful' when he discovered the woman's birth certificate that proved she had been born male.
"This only goes to prove once again how closely Romney has aligned himself with anti-LGBT severe conservatives. Romney may attempt to erase his far right positions, as Fehrnstrom infamously suggested, but the facts remain clear. Whether he's allowing a gay staffer to be harangued from his position by the religious right, viciously attacking a gay student during his time at prep school, doubling down on his opposition to LGBT relationship recognition, or demanding a McCarthy-style investigation of LGBT people, Mitt Romney's anti-LGBT positions are now etched in stone."
National Stonewall Democrats is the national voice of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied Democrats, with more than 80 local affiliates across the nation. Stonewall Democrats works to elect more pro-equality Democrats regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity - and to improve the Democratic Party on issues important to LGBT Democrats.