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Bolling Campaign Cancels Guidebook Order

Anne Bartlett

MINNEAPOLIS -- Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's re-election campaign canceled an order for 150 guidebooks produced in the Twin Cities that devoted a section to gay and lesbian tourists.

Bolling (R) had planned to give the guidebooks, published by the Rake, to the 123 members of the Virginia delegation to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

A Bolling spokesman said Monday that the lieutenant governor never saw a copy of the guidebook but would not have had a problem with it.

A staffer reviewed a copy and canceled the order because of the section for gays and lesbians, said Randy Marcus, Bolling's chief of staff and a convention delegate. Bolling's campaign ordered another guidebook for the delegates and alternates instead.

"We are sorry that this has occurred and wish it had not happened," Marcus said. "We wish it had not happened."

Marcus said Bolling's staff has apologized for the cancellation and agreed to reimburse the publisher for any expenses they incurred.

Officials at the Rake could not be reached.

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 1, 2008; 2:54 PM ET
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I guess if some of the delegates had read that section of the guide book, they might have turned homosexual. That's how it works, right?

How pathetic and sad that this would still be an issue in 2008.

Posted by: Matt C | September 1, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

So…. are they apologizing for ordering LGBT-friendly guidebooks? Or for shipping back something that Bolling “would not have had a problem with?” Or for inconveniencing the publisher with the return? Huh?

Posted by: Eric R. | September 1, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

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