Less than a week after Paul Yandura, a former member of the Clinton administration, criticized the Democratic National Committee for failing to develop a strategy to counter Republican-led efforts to enact gay marriage amendments in the states and nationally, Howard Dean fired Yandura's domestic partner, Donald Hitchcock, who served as the DNC's liaison to the GLBT community according to the Washington Blade. The Blade writes:
Hitchcock declined comment Tuesday night except to confirm that Dean informed him May 2 through a surrogate that he had been terminated. He said he was considering consulting an attorney to decide whether to contest the firing.
"This is retaliation, plain and simple," said Yandura. "This shows what they think about domestic partners."
Yandura said Tuesday night that Dean was using Hitchcock as a "scapegoat" for problems of Dean's own making.
"All I did was ask questions about what the party and Dean are doing about its GLBT constituency, Yandura said. "I have yet to see any answers."
The Blade says Dean's actions are particularly disappointing given the active role the GLBT community played in launching his grassroots campaign during his unsuccessful run for the presidency in 2004.