Appointee Among 'Austin 12' Who Met with Bush
By Fred Jackson
August 31, 2001
(AgapePress) - There is a report that the Bush Administration has appointed
an open homosexual to the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts.
Several months ago, President Bush outraged his conservative supporters
when he appointed homosexual Scott Evertz to be director of the White House
National AIDS Policy Office. At the time, many said it appeared Bush was
behaving no differently than former President Clinton when it came to making
appointments aimed at courting the homosexual vote.
Now comes word by way of the homosexual publication The Washington Blade
that Bush has named Donald A. Capoccia to the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts. The
Blade describes Capoccia as a New York real estate developer who is also a
"gay Republican activist." He was one of a group of homosexual
Republicans who met with Bush last year in the midst of the election campaign.
After the election, Bush appointed Capoccia to his transition team to oversee
the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
According to the Blade story, part of Capoccia's new job with the
Fine Arts Commission will be to approve the design and location of memorials
and monuments in the nation's capital. He currently holds a leadership
position in the Republican Unity Coalition, a group described as a
"gay-straight alliance" aimed at promoting acceptance of homosexuals
within the GOP.
At least one pro-family organization is dismayed by the appointment. Allen
Wildmon, public relations director for the American Family Association in
Tupelo, Mississippi, says the selection is motivated by politics.
"This smacks of a continuing effort on the part of a conservative
White House to troll the political waters for homosexual voters, in an effort
to shore up Bush's prospects for re-election in 2004," Wildmon says.
"This is a short-sighted political strategy, however, because it will
only alienate conservatives who want to protect the institution of the
Wildmon believes the apparent influence of the Log Cabin Republicans, a
group of homosexual GOP supporters, on the Bush Administration could cause
problems for the President. "Buddying up to a group which seeks to
normalize same-sex behavior in our culture will come back to haunt President
Bush if he's not careful," he says.
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