LatinaLista — San Diego’s Republican mayor, Jerry Sanders, is running his own primetime ad next week during televised coverage of the Republican National Convention to be held in Tampa, Florida, hurricane withstanding.
Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be big news but it is this time. Mayor Sanders is running an ad titled “Family and Freedom” and it advocates for same-sex marriage. It’s a little shocking to have such a prominent member of the GOP challenge his own party in this way, especially since 110 of his colleagues developed the party’s official plank on gay marriage, which pushes for a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marriage.
Clearly, Mayor Sanders disagrees with the hardline push against gay marriage. He’s not the only GOPer to push back on the party platform that is putting into writing the hardline, some would say extremist, views touted by fringe factions of the party.
In addition to Mayor Sanders there is Sen. Scott Brown.
Sen. Scott Brown, who is defending his Senate seat in the deep blue state of Massachusetts, sent a letter to Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus earlier this week urging him to reconsider the Republican stance on abortion rights.
From the immigration plank, in which self-deportation is listed alongside guest workers to abortion, where it’s reported that pregnancies resulting from rape would be prohibited, the 2012 GOP Platform is already garnering dread and puzzlement from the global community.
The severe tone found in some of the planks of the GOP Party platform aren’t just drawing a line in the sand between both political parties but digging a trench that will be hard to fill by Romney as he continues his campaign after the convention, unless he can convince (Latino) voters that he doesn’t agree with what as described as more of a vision statement than a party doctrine.
Yet, it may not matter.
The fact that these hardline stances on issues that call for compromise and discussions have made it this far — and it remains to be seen if they are adopted next week at the convention — sends a red flag to most 21st Century Americans who can see what a GOP White House means to the nation’s direction going forward — or, unfortunately, backwards.