Monday, July 24, 2006

Christian Homeschoolers for Blackwell
According to an article in the Toledo Blade, an email was recently sent out that "attacked the church attendance, work ethic, and voting record of Mr. Strickland" and raised "questions whether Mr. Strickland is gay."

The email was written by "home school headmaster" Gary Lankford, the new "social conservative coordinator" for The Ohio Republican Party.

The same article says that, up until last week Gary was "the state director of the Ohio Restoration Project, a faith group whose federal tax-exempt status has been challenged on allegations that it works too closely with Mr. Blackwell's campaign."

Doing a little research, it looks like Gary has even closer ties to Mr. Blackwell.

Gary is also know to have responded to letters sent to the Blackwell campaign, signing them with his title as the “Pro-Family Voters Coordinator” for Ohioans for Blackwell.

More interesting is the $15,963 paid to Gary by the Blackwell campaign for his work as a "VOTER CONTACT CONSULTANT".

But Gary and his wife are not new to Christian politics. According to his online biography,

"Gary and Marilyn (his wife) were previously very active in the pro-life movement and with crisis pregnancy centers. Politically, Gary was the County Chairman for theRepublican Party in Gadsden County, Florida, and Marilyn was State CommitteeWoman. Gary was also a Republican candidate for the State Board of Education inAlabama."

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