Updated: Last-minute mailer attacks Stacy Frank for gay adoption stand
In a last-minute campaign push, Dana Young, Republican candidate for the District 57 state House seat, attacks Democrat Stacy Frank for her position on gay adoption. The piece, paid for by the Republican Party of Florida, declares that Frank supports gay adoption "over adoption by traditional married couples." It goes on: "While loving married couples wait years for an adopted child, Stacy Frank wants to give gay couples equal footing -- making their wait even longer." It urges voters to tell Frank that "our children shouldn't be test subjects for her radical, anti-family ideas." Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida, called the mailers "gay bashing." "We got calls from a number of Republicans who got this and said she's miscalculating this district," Smith said, pointing out that Faye Culp, the Republican term-limited out of the job, supported legislation to end the state's ban on gay adoption. "This is typical last-minute campaign dirty tricks, trying to appeal to prejudice," Smith said. "I think it's going to backfire on her." You can see the pieces on the Equality Florida blog. While gay adoption hasn't been a huge issue in the campaign, Frank did address the topic at a Tiger Bay meeting in September, calling the state's ban "unconscionable." Young skirted the issue, saying at that event: "Regardless of party affiliation, I think that we all agree that the best scenario for a child is to be in a loving family with a mother and father."
Update: Young provided this response to Smith's criticisms: "It is absurd to say any of the advertising done by the campaign was "bashing" of any kind. Our campaign has taken clear positions on legitimate issues facing florida, and we differ on a variety of them. It is very fair to point out those differences. Stacy's support of gay marriage and gay adoption are legitimate issues being debated in Florida. Equality Florida long ago endorsed Stacy, so it's no surprise that they are attempting last-minute attacks against me in the media. But their tactics are very disappointing, because they type of name calling they are engaging in has a chilling effect on free speech and our ability as candidates to debate legitimate issues."