When President Obama appointed Kevin Jennings to be he Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education, I doubt he realized that his political enemies would attack Jennings with the unrelenting stridency of the Greeks attacking the city of Troy.
But they did and it made for an interesting latter part of 2009 as the religious right and their cohorts pored through Jennings' past and pulled out almost everything they could find to use against him.
And when they couldn't find anything of use, they made things up.
I covered the entire incident and have provided a chronology of posts detailing each smear .
Part 1 - The initial attacks began in June and culminated with the "Brewster incident," when Jennings was accused allowing (and encouraging) the statutory rape of a child. After this charge was found to be incorrect, the attacks tapered off until December.
'Fistgate' and President Obama - religious right pushes a pitiful attempt of guilt by association
More attacks on GLSEN'S Kevin Jennings - Now the Family Research Council gets in the act
More right wing lunacy on Kevin Jennings courtesy of Kevin McCullough
Attacks on Kevin Jennings sleazy, un-Christian
The war against Kevin Jennings - now it's getting pathetic
The religious right thinks that character assasination is a Christian virtue
Support Sean's Last Wish and Kevin Jennings
Traditional Values Coalition attacks Kevin Jennings and . . . Tom Cruise?
The tea party idiots - will they go after the lgbt community next?
The possible attack on the President's lgbt appointees
The continuing attacks on Kevin Jennings - now Fox News gets involved
The new attack on Kevin Jennings - he said something ugly about God
Washington Times publishes ugly hit piece on Kevin Jennings
Let's not be so quick to blame Obama if Kevin Jennings is dismissed
New facts vindicate Kevin Jennings - the young man he counseled was of legal age
Religious right owes Kevin Jennings an apology
New attack against Kevin Jennings - the 'NAMBLA' connection