There’s a special election in Iowa between Democratic State Senate candidate Liz Mathis and Republican Cindy Golding. Since it’s a state election in Iowa, the race has gained little attention outside the Hawkeye region. But thanks to an absurd robocall, the race is beginning to gain a bit of notoriety.
On Monday night, calls went out to voters on the election’s eve that said: “Homosexual marriage obviously involves homosexual sex. So, before you support Liz Mathis, call her (at phone #) … and ask her which homosexual sex acts she endorses.”
The calls were essentially untraceable, and according to KGAN, all of the likely groups responsible — the Golding campaign, Iowa’s anti-gay group The Family Leader, and the National Organization for Marriage — all denied responsibility for the robocall.
“I was shocked, I was dismayed, and I think it’s one of the worst phone calls I have ever received,” said Andrea Jilovec.
It’s too bad Mathis has largely ignored the controversy. Sure, she released a statement saying she was proud of running an issues-oriented campaign. But that’s boring.
She should’ve put out a press release listing the foul-mouthed sex acts she approves of: “Liz Mathis endorses the Rusty Trombone, the Dirty Sanchez, teabagging, donkey punches, the Houdini, blumpkins, and felching. But nothing too gross, like kissing or eye contact.”
The robocall isn’t an out-of-context smear. At stake in this election is the possibility of overturning Iowa’s same-sex marriage equality. Iowa Democrats currently control the Senate, and they have vowed as long as they do, a vote will never be taken to overturn the law. But they only hold a 25-24 advantage.
Golding has told the media she believes Iowa voters should have a say in the law, but she does admit Iowa hasn’t changed all that much. In that context, the robocall makes perfect sense to scare a segment in the population into voting for Golding.
In response to the controversy, NOM President Brian Brown said:
You’ve got to admit that’s a pretty skilled reversal, with the argument being that the call is so ridiculous and offensive it could only be a ploy against Golding.
The robocall didn’t seem to have much effect on the voting. Mathis received 56 percent of the vote, ensuring that Democrats maintain a 26-24 advantage throughout the 2012 session.