Frank VanderSloot files lawsuit against Mother Jones
January 31, 2013 3 Comments
According to the article, republished by the Idaho Statesman, VanderSloot, who served as national finance co-chair of the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, is asking for, “up to $74,999 in damages”.
“The lawsuit targets portions of the article that describe VanderSloot as anti-gay, as well as Twitter posts promoting the article by author Stephanie Mencimer and magazine Co-Editor in Chief Monika Bauerlein,” reports Zack Kyle of the Post Falls Register.
You might recall that last February the Idaho Agenda received a “take down notice” from Melaleuca attorneys for an article that attempted to draw attention to VanderSloot’s activities pertaining to Idaho’s LGBT community. The Agenda chose to comply with the notice.
That incident and others became the subject of dozens of articles that included the Mother Jones piece, one published by Slate.com’s Glenn Greenwald and coverage by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. The Obama campaign also included VanderSloot on its “Truth Team” website.
While the term “gay bashing” does not appear in the Mother Jones article, the Post Register reports,’court documents point to Bauerlein’s Feb. 6 tweet that read: “Romney’s gay-bashing buddy runs a company that targets stay-at-home moms for misleading marketing scheme. Charming!”