Ken Calvert is being targeted because, despite living in a district with a heavy LGBT constituency, he has repeatedly voted against LGBT legislation. Rep. Calvert, a Republican, voted no on ENDA in 2007, no on hate crimes in 2009, and no on repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" this year -- and he is leaning no on ENDA if it comes up this year. Rep. Calvert is also running against a pro-equality candidate for Congress, so we need to pressure him to do the right thing on ENDA this year.
George Miller is being targeted because he is the chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, where ENDA is currently stuck. He has failed to finish marking up ENDA in his committee and to prepare the bill for a vote on the House floor.
Nancy Pelosi is being targeted because, as the Speaker of the House and as a Representative from San Francisco, she has both a record of supporting LGBT legislation and the power to shore up House and Senate votes for ENDA. She has made many promises about moving ENDA this year, but she has repeatedly broken them. We need Speaker Pelosi to show the moral courage to move ENDA through the House and to help Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to find the votes in the Senate to pass the legislation in 2010.
We have also been in conversation with other national and regional LGBT organizations, individual activists, and the folks at Act On Principles who run a public whip count on LGBT legislation (link here). Based on that feedback and on legislators' voting records, we have chosen the above targets.
Of course, whip counts and inside intelligence can always be wrong -- so please stay in touch with your state organizer and with us to keep us posted as you (hopefully) move legislators forward on ENDA.