Carl DeMaio Pressured to Respond to LGBT Community Amid Anti-Gay Endorsements
Openly gay councilman slams Assemblyman Fletcher's pro-equality record, rebukes LGBT community in pursuit of conservative Republican support in the run-up to San Diego's mayoral primary race
SAN DIEGO, March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Openly gay San Diego mayoral hopeful, City Councilman Carl DeMaio has added a fresh nod of approval to a slew of endorsements from individuals and organizations who stand strong against LGBT equality; the latest coming from the Republican Party Central Committee (RPCC) of San Diego County. While dozens of local news organizations reported the endorsement soon after the RPCC's membership voted to endorse DeMaio over Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego LGBT Weekly (LGBTweekly.com) was first out of the gate to report what some local politicos are calling "dirty tricks" employed by the DeMaio camp to help ensure the councilman would lock up the county GOP's endorsement.
San Diego LGBT Weekly learned early Saturday, March 10 that in addition to posting opponent Nathan Fletcher's "failing scores" (as issued by two anti-LGBT rights activist groups) for his pro-equality voting record in the California Assembly and his stated positions in the mayor's race, a DeMaio operative distributed a 14-page document decrying Fletcher's "liberal," stances on issues such as marriage-equality.
DeMaio, has proudly announced the support of alleged homophobes, such as former San Diego mayor, Roger Hedgecock and "Lysol" Larry Stirling, who, as a judge, infamously ordered his courtroom cleared and sanitized after a defendant with HIV/AIDS appeared before him.
"It is clear at this point that DeMaio has made a pact with the devil in pursuit of power, a pact made because of his desire to be mayor of America's Finest City," said Stampp Corbin, publisher San Diego LGBT Weekly and former co-chair of the National LGBT Leadership Council for the Obama for America presidential campaign of 2008, in an opinion piece published today in his newsmagazine. "DeMaio so desperately wants to be mayor that he has made deals with anti-LGBT organizations and people who support his candidacy for mayor, while also supporting groups whose main purpose is to fight against LGBT equality."
The councilman has fallen far short of hopes among members and allies of San Diego's LGBT community that he would fight on their behalf for rights such as marriage, and has been a no-show at important LGBT protests, rallies, and celebrations of significant milestones, such as an event staged in Hillcrest the night of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Carl DeMaio did pose for a photograph on a small stage that had been set up for the repeal rally, long after the event had ended.
The original story is attached, as is Stampp Corbin's Op/Ed, entitled "Carl DeMaio: selling his soul to the devil." For reprints, copies of the 14-page document assailing Nathan Fletcher, or author quotes, contact San Diego LGBT Weekly editor, Thom Senzee at (619) 450-4704.
San Diego LGBT Weekly is the only weekly magazine serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in America's Finest City. The organization's mission is to inform and entertain the San Diego LGBT community with news and information that is of interest to and affects the lives of the 200,000 LGBT community members in San Diego.. The newsmagazine's success has been attributed to its honesty, integrity and candor, as well as its strict adherence to journalistic ethics.
LGBTweekly.com covers breaking news of local, regional and national significance to the LGBT community and beyond. As the first online LGBT news source with national mainstream cable news networks, San Diego LGBT Weekly and LGBTweekly.com challenge gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people – as well as our community's allies – to stand in unity and join the fight for LGBT equality.
Publisher, Stampp Corbin is a nationally recognized LGBT and Civil Rights activist, who served as co-chair of the National LGBT Leadership Council for the Obama for America presidential campaign in 2008. Mr. Corbin serves on numerous national, regional and local boards. He also currently serves as a San Diego City Commissioner. He holds an economics degree from Stanford University as well as an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Editor, Thom Senzee is a 17-year veteran of print, online and broadcast media, having served as law reporter for the Los Angeles Business Journal, Valley Edition; managing editor of Los Angeles' largest community news bi-weekly publication (North Valley Community News); and as contributor to the Los Angeles Daily News, the Arizona Capital Times as well as various other newspapers and magazines.
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