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Old January 31st, 2007, 09:26 AM   #1
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Tsk Tsk Tsk...Hypocrisy, hypocrisy, hypocrisy

...certainly another example of legislators doing whatever will suit the group with the largest wallet...



Tennessee Gay Shakedown?



Posted: January 30, 2007 - 7:00 pm ET



(Nashville, Tennessee) The former state lawmaker who spearheaded the drive to amend Tennessee's constitution has told the state's largest LGBT civil rights organization it should hire him as a lobbyist.



In a letter to the Tennessee Equality Project former Sen. Jeff Miller (pictured) says the group should consider him as its representative at the Capitol.



"I have worked closely with and become dear friends with many holding office and those who keep the wheels turning behind the scenes," wrote Miller.



"I am more than happy to offer you any advice you may need regarding the legislative process, potentially applicable rules of law and procedure, steps utilized in making policy decisions, or simply to be a go-to person on a particular issue," the letter said.



"I suppose he thinks helping pass discriminatory bills would make him an effective advocate for the gay, lesbian and transgender community," Chris Sanders, Equality Project president told the Times Free Press newspaper.



Sanders said the letter was met with a "mixture of derision and hostility" and noted his proposal "is certainly not one that were going to follow up on."



Miller was the prime sponsor and spokesperson for the amendment that defines marriage as the "relationship of one man and one woman." It was approved by voters in November despite opposition from the Equality Project and other groups.



Miller, who did not seek re-election in November, won't be able to legally work as a lobbyist for a year under Tennessee's lobbying law.



Miller served 12 years in the General Assembly and held positions including Senate Republican Caucus chair - facts he noted in his letter.



But he did not mention that he resigned as caucus chair in the midst of a scandal during last year's special session on ethics following the arrests of several state lawmakers.



Miller has acknowledged accepting $1,000 from a Chattanooga lobbyist but claimed the money was a campaign contribution. Last year, at least two former Miller aides were subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury to provide testimony.



He also did not mention in the letter that in 2005 his then wife filed for divorce, charging Miller had engaged in "inappropriate marital conduct" with a legislative employee. The Millers divorced last year.
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Old January 31st, 2007, 11:56 AM   #2
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Some quotes from Mr. Miller...



''I have a very loving relationship with my brother, but

it's not one of acceptance of his lifestyle.''



I'm not scared of folks who have an alternative lifestyle;

I'm not being scared or phobic in one way or another. . .

Homosexuals are not losing anything today.



''They could come to Tennessee and claim rights.

That's what I'm afraid of.''

Tennessee Guerilla Women | TN Legislators





Just HOW does this guy think he would make a good lobbyist for gays?
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Old January 31st, 2007, 12:48 PM   #3
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I don't think he cares WHAT he's lobbying for - as long as he gets paid for it. I realize that is what a lobbyist's job is - but it's just so - tacky? sleazy? reprehensible? - when doing it on a civil rights issue.
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Is this where all the cool kids hang out?



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Stories like that just add to the disillusionment of the system.
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Old January 31st, 2007, 04:18 PM   #5
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well, well, well...look what the cat dragged in
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It certainly shows the depth of his "convictions."
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Old January 31st, 2007, 04:23 PM   #8
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well, well, well...look what the cat dragged in
Who is this? Someone you know?
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