Day 8 on the NOM California tour: Spending on lavish hotels and bullying? Check. Drawing crowds? Err…
October 4, 2010
Pretty epic follow-up to the bullying of Anthony -Adam
By Arisha Michelle Hatch
Between Stop #31 and Stop #32
It’s 9:20 am (the Santa Ana event is scheduled to start at 10), and we just caught up with the Tus Valores organizers and you’ll never guess where: in the lobby of The Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, waiting for the Vota Bus to pick them up.
It’s not quite the Ritz, but it’s no Best Western either.
We can now confirm that the organizers checked into this beachfront hotel Friday and stayed for two nights before checking out.
Do National Organization for Marriage donors know that tour organizers are staying in such a high-priced hotel under the facade of engaging Latino voters?
Perhaps this is why NOM is so afraid to disclose its donor list?
Stop #32: Santa Ana
If you missed it, our tour videographer, Anthony Ash, was assaulted in Santa Ana by a man affiliated with the Vota Tus Valores tour and Alfonso Aguilar’s law firm. Full details can be found in the post here. Other than that, 15 members of the Victory Outreach ministry were present, along with 14 pro-equality counter-protesters.
Stop #33: Oceanside
After we completed the filing of the police complaint in Santa Ana, we were lucky to catch up with the Vota Bus in Oceanside at Camarillo Park. One non-Latino supporter of the Vota Bus was present as organizers didn’t even bother to pull out the sound equipment. It appeared as though organizers were merely taking a stretch break while talking to the man who was holding a small video camera. The man approached us attempting to record our press passes and told us that he was a reporter. When we asked what outlet he was from he said that he was a stringer from the Independent and that his name was “Gary Gary.”
Stop #34: Escondido
In Escondido, six men from the Victory Outreach ministry were bused in, joined by two other supporters of the Vota Bus.
As if to counter criticism that was sure to come in after today’s assault, Alfonso spoke, saying to the crowd that “we [support] the first amendment and freedom of the press.”
As Adam reported the other day, a new speaker joined the tour. Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse from the Ruth Institute was handed the microphone and gave a short speech on life and traditional marriage before handing out “one man, one women” bumper stickers to the small crowd.
Does that mean Brian Brown, who is also slated to join the tour, is not far behind? Will he be joining us for the big capital-letters “RALLY” advertised in red on Vota Tus Valores’ website? Does “RALLY” in red mean more than 15 people will attend? Does he think today’s bullying measures up to his own actions in Annapolis?