John C. Eastman, an anti-gay conservative running for attorney general, hopes to employ the same political consultants and financial backers that helped reverse marriage equality in California, according to Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Morain, who writes:
Eastman has surrounded himself with prominent players from the Proposition 8 campaign. His campaign firm, Schubert Flint Public Affairs, ran the Yes-on-8 campaign. Several of his donors were major contributors to the effort.
And a conservative Christian group called National Organization for Marriage, based in New Jersey, already playing in the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate here, proclaimed Eastman’s candidacy to be of prime interest. “We view this race as one of the most important races in the country,” said Brian Brown. The group was a major Yes-on-8 fundraiser.
Proposition 8, which changed the state constitution to forbid same-sex couples from marrying, won with a bare majority of votes casts, but new polling finds California voters now favor marriage equality for gays and lesbians. Morain thinks Eastman’s anti-gay views may distinguish him in the Republican primary, but adds that may not be good for the party in the long run:
Eastman could capture a GOP nomination from a pool of voters that is shrinking. But his positions could be red meat for whichever Democrat makes it to the general election. His candidacy could have longer-range implications. He is hard-right in a blue state, where decline-to-state voters soon may overtake Republicans. Eastman’s candidacy could hasten that day.
Eastman has vowed to defend Proposition 8’s constitutionality in the courts.