Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R), who has an extensive anti-gay record, employs a political director who is now attacking Senate opponent Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) for being a lesbian. Brian Nemoir sent an email and a tweet Wednesday deriding Baldwin’s “heartland values” and linking to a video of her dancing with the disco band VO5 at the 2010 Wisconsin Capital Pride Rally. Nemoir claims he sent the gay-baiting message on his own to a “handful of select contacts” — namely: conservative political bloggers in Wisconsin. He has no regrets about making an issue of the video:
NEMOIR: I think there are issues in this race that are extremely significant that will be generated on a day-to-day basis and I look forward to coverage of those issues. [...] There are no shortages of issues to talk about in this campaign. That’s really what we should be talking about.
Apparently, Nemoir believes Baldwin’s sexual orientation is “extremely significant,” seeing as how he wants the media to discuss it, even if his gay-baiting was not conducted in his official capacity with the Thompson campaign. It’s unclear whether his use of such petty identity politics will compromise his future employment running Thompson’s public relations. Perhaps dancing and having a good time are simply anathema to Thompson’s “values.” Here’s the delightful video:
Though Nemoir claimed that he sent the email in an unofficial capacity, he sent it from his official tommyforwisconsin.com email address, signing his title as Senior Advisor/Communications.
Nemoir has now set his Twitter profile to private. Here is the full text of the email he sent, with his campaign email address redacted:
From: “Brian J. Nemoir” <XXX@tommyforwisconsin.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 6:59pm
To: “Brian J. Nemoir” <email@example.com>
Subject: ICYMI–Tammy Baldwin’s Heartland Values
Yesterday, Madison-Liberal Tammy Baldwin cited “heartland values” as the topic for her primetime speech to the DNC tomorrow night.
Clearly, there’s no one better positioned to talk “heartland values” than Tammy:
A primer of her values—note event, and enjoy.