This starts off as a typical blog post. The author - an employee of IBM - reports on a Town Hall meeting held by the Congressman John Carter, who explains during the meeting as to why he voted "no" on the Employee Nondiscrimination Act:
Here's what the letter said:Representative John Carter (R-TX) came to a town hall meeting at IBM in Austin yesterday, and I had the opportunity to ask him about why he voted NO on ENDA (employee non discrimination act). His answer was along the lines of he believed that being gay wasn’t an attribute that deserved protection from discrimination. So, as I often do, I wrote a letter to his office…
Normally this story would fade into internet oblivion; however, Representative Carter's Communication Director decided to engage in a little 'astroturfing' ([ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astroturfing]Astroturfing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]), disguising himself as what he thought would be an average, anonymous poster showing his support in the 'comments' section. All goes well until the admin matches his IP and email to Representative Carter's Communication Director. The explanation after he is busted is priceless!Wrong Answer John
I asked you about your NO vote on ENDA yesterday at IBM, a place that has had a non-discrimination policy for GLBT people since 1984. In your world, apparently, there are forms of discrimination that are OK, because that’s how I understand your answer. You’ll notice the room was flat silent after your answer. You disrespected all of us in the room, and IBM, who, as a company, has come out in support of a fully inclusive ENDA.”
Senator Edward Kennedy said: “The promise of America will never be fulfilled as long as justice is denied to even one among us,” when speaking about ENDA. “The Employment Non-Discrimination Act brings us closer to fulfilling that promise for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens.
Other blogs are beginning to pick up on the story. You can read some of those here:
Pam's House Blend:: TX: staffer for Rep. John Carter engages in some pitiful astroturfing re: ENDA vote
pandagon.net - we are the public option
TX: staffer for Rep. John Carter engages in some pitiful astroturfing re: ENDA vote
Gotta be more careful if you're gonna try to fool an admin, I reckon!