The DNC's problem with Hitchcock seemed to arise from critical comments his domestic partner made about the DNC's failure to support efforts to fight anti-gay ballot measures across the country. His complaint notes that the DNC didn't fire James Carville when his wife, Mary Matalin, made highly critical comments about the Democratic Party and President Clinton as a GOP operative. And it didn't fire a niece of the Rev. Jesse Jackson employed by the DNC after Jackson openly criticized the DNC. He is also suing the DNC for defamation, claiming Dean and other DNC officials said he was fired for performance reasons and making racially offensive comments, both of which Hitchcock maintains are untrue.
Hitchcock's lawsuit identifies a number of openly gay employees who have left the DNC under Dean's tenure because of their disenchantment with the DNC's mistreatment of gay staff members as second-class citizens and it's failure to promote social justice for the GLBT community. In a statement about his lawsuit, Hitchcock writes:
Once I joined the DNC, however, senior staff made it clear that they had no interest in LGBT equality. Instead, Democratic LGBT constituents and employees are treated as second-class citizens, whom the DNC tries to ignore unless fundraising is involved, reducing the community to a little more than an ATM. As a DNC employee, I tried to push the organization to treat the LGBT community with greater respect. The DNC ultimately terminated me after my long-term partner criticized the Democrats' lack of a strategy to combat anti-gay ballot measures - a critique made without my input and which the DNC recently admitted was accurate.