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Conservatives Fight Bush's AIDS Czar

Thursday, 12 April 2001 12:00 AM

"We're not letting this die," said Heather Cirmo, a spokeswoman for the council. "We're definitely developing a strategy."

Cirmo said the group met Thursday to brainstorm ways to pressure Bush to abandon Evertz's appointment through contacts at the White House and public appeals.

The top post at the Office of National AIDS Policy does not require Senate approval.

"We do still have a way to get to the White House and voice our concerns," said Cirmo, who would not name contacts the group planned to target.

She said FRC and other conservative organizations were against Evertz because he is homosexual and promotes condoms, not abstinence, to control the spread of HIV. They also say he is out of step with the administration's avowed conservative principles.

She also said Bush's move to appoint an openly homosexual man to a White House post went against the conservative base of the electorate that voted for Bush.

Homosexuality is "a very destructive lifestyle," Cirmo said.

She acknowledged, however, that opponents of the appointment had little political leverage given the lack of Senate confirmation hearings and the long time before 2004, when Bush would likely try to shore up his conservative base for re-election.

Richard Tafel, head of the homosexual advocacy organization Log Cabin Republicans, said conservative opposition to Evertz was anti-gay discrimination.

"They don't care about public health issues," said Tafel, whose organization Evertz was a part of as president of Wisconsin's Log Cabin Republican chapter. "They're angry because he's gay."

Tafel also dismissed the council's threat to use political force against the White House. He said Evertz nomination showed that social conservatives wielded little clout with the president.

The White House has showed no signs of backing off the Evertz nomination.

"The president selected Scott because he knows and believes that Scott is the best man for that job," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said.

Evertz could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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