Mitchell, formerly Deatherage, was a liberal Democrat when she served in the state House from 1976 to 1984. For years, however, she has been a card-carrying conservative Republican who isnt shy about her anti-gay sentiments.
In fact, Krohn writes how, in 2011, she was pivotal in ousting GOProud, a right-wing, fiscally conservative group with a pro-life message, from the Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual marquee event for the right.
What stuck in Mitchells craw? GO- Proud is largely a gay-rights group.
Krohn suggests that
Mitchells antipathy to gay rights might have something to do with her
first husband, Duane Draper. A few years after the couple divorced, he
was an openly gay activist.
asked about that by Krohn in an email, Mitchell reportedly shot back,
I think Im finished talking about this with you it is a hit piece as
I suspected from the start. Swing away!