Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, a Republican whose run for governor has been complicated by his strong support for the state’s ban on adoption by gays and lesbians, may be benefitting from the work of one of the country’s most high-profile lesbian moms.
Mary Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is a board member of Alliance for America’s Future, a shadowy group now producing and airing commercials attacking one of McCollum’s rivals for the GOP nomination. Strict rules limit the advertising campaign’s ability to openly support McCollum, but this Tampa Tribune report indicates the group has close ties to the McCollum gubernatorial campaign.
As attorney general, McCollum paid hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to Dr. George Rekers, who served as an expert witness for the state in defense of its anti-gay adoption law. Rekers has since resigned his positions at several national anti-gay organizations after it was discovered he hired male escorts via a Web site known as rentboy.com.
Mary Cheney and her partner, Heather Poe, are the parents of two children.