“I feel that I no longer wish to support your presidential campaign and ask that you please return the maximum contribution that I gave to you last year. ”You have chosen to be on the wrong side of history and I do not support your run for president any longer.”
– Chairman and CEO of the New York-based consulting firm Constellations Group Bill White, in a communication to Mitt Romney obtained by CNN.
Ouch, that must bite, Mittens. Most of the media talk around the President’s declaration in favor of marriage equality has focused on the potential fallout he may face because of it. This particular angle — Romney losing support over his pro-federal marriage amendment position hasn’t gotten much coverage, so I found this piece interesting.
I’m not sure why White pulled his support now, since Romney has held this position for some time, aside from his preposterous attempt to describe his civil unions stance — that CUs need to be “less than” marriage in some way in order to preserve marriage as “special” and the province of heterosexuals. But White felt the landscape has changed.
CNN pressed White: Why now, given that Romney’s stance is not new?
“I had a very visceral reaction to him – he had a great opportunity… to get on the right side of history,” White responded. “And to be someone to the country that helps to unite us, versus what divides us. And I just think his very proactive intention to pounce on this issue now has sent me to the other side.”
“Now, I feel like he’s [Romney's] declared war on my marriage. And I could just sit back and not say anything. Or I could do something about it. And I’ve chosen to do something about it.”