Gay Candidate Slammed Over Water Fight Article

cheap canada goose uk Consider the dilemma of a very left of center Democrat, positioned as a “progressive” running against a gay Republican for mayor in a city that has elected Republicans to that position. cheap canada goose uk

He can’t exactly verbally gay canada goose parka outlet uk bash or openly appeal to the anti gay vote. But, retiring Congressman Bob Filner, running for San Diego mayor, found a unique way to remind the public that his opponent, Carl DeMaio, is gay.

Filner used the flimsiest of connections to justify public attacks on DeMaio and his partner, Johnathan Hale. Filner demanded DeMaio “condemn Jonathan (sic) Hale’s criminal actions.”

canada goose coats That sound serious, so what did Hale actually do? Nothing, really. Hale publishes the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. An entertainment columnist who works for the site wrote an article about upcoming events in San Diego. He wrote six sentences about a midnight water gun fight planned for Balboa Park. canada goose coats

Canada Goose Coats On Sale The water fight, which took place last year as well, got out of control and some people jumped into the lily pond, damaging the area. Canada Goose Coats On Sale

Beyond this mention by a columnist, there doesn’t appear to be any canada goose outlet in chicago connection between Hale and the water fight. Even if there were, there is no reason to think organizers anticipated this, especially as a similar event last year caused no damage, according to police.

canada goose coats on sale Filner continued the attack during a campaign debate. Surely this Johnathan Hale ought to answer some questions about his culpability in this.” canada goose coats on sale

Filner appears to canada goose jacket outlet uk be flinging accusations to remind the public that DeMaio is gay, that his partner is Hale, and that Hale runs a gay media site. Hale’s site said they had no connection to the event other than repeating a news item that appeared in multiple outlets.

canada goose clearance sale DeMaio expressed dismay that Filner would stoop to this sort of attack. Filner replied by repeating the accusation: “Where is the lie, Mr. DeMaio? Was the website Mr. Hale’s? Was the website Mr. Hale’s that promoted this event?. Who’s dodging the question?” canada goose clearance sale

All of this is hot air. Yes, Hale owns the media website that mentioned the water fight was scheduled, but, the publication is not, nor can it be, responsible for what happened at the event. If canada goose outlet new york people got in a fistfight at a Filner campaign rally, would Filner be responsible merely because he told people the rally would canada goose outlet store new york be taking place? Clearly not.

The San Diego Reader gave far more play to the event than did SDGLN. Filner has not suggested the publisher of The Reader is guilty of criminal activity, but then the publisher is not the partner of his election opponent.

A Facebook page promoting the event, since removed, showed a list of organizers and Hale cheap canada goose was not among them.

Canada Goose Jackets Perhaps this is a pre emptive strike, with the Congressman fearing DeMaio would mention how Filner’s wife was paid $505,000 for “consulting services” from his campaign budgets over the years. This was especially odd, given canada goose outlet parka that Filner was his wife’s only client and she received $60,000 in payments for consulting during one election when he ran unopposed. Filner justified his actions by saying they were entirely legal but so is publishing an canada goose outlet vip event’s schedule in a newspaper, something that also enjoys First Amendment protections. Canada Goose Jackets

However, a pre emptive strike makes no sense to me and I find it hard to believe that Filner actually believes Hale is in any way criminally responsible for an out of control water fight.

If comments left on the website of CBS news in San Diego are any indication, it’s working. One person writes: “Was that DeMaio in the assless chaps?!” Another: “DeMaio sounds like gay pride means that irresponsible behavior is over looked. Don’t let your wife/husband slap you around for this.” Another:

Canada Goose Online “DeMaio has responded to this incident by having a hissy fit tantrum about the Filner allegations of involvement of his gay lover, who publishes the gay rag in town that promoted this event. DeMaio has shown that he is more concerned about his wife/husband than the canada goose womens outlet issue of damage to the cherished city canada goose outlet in usa icon.” Canada Goose Online

Canada Goose online Filner’s attacks seem to be an intentional appeal to anti gay bigotry in the only way safe for a so called progressive. That such attacks would encourage homophobic reactions are far more predictable than knowing a water fight would get out of control. Canada Goose online

Filner may wax poetic about rights of minorities, but when he needs the bigoted vote he is not above using the flimsiest of excuses to drag his opponent’s sexuality into the debate. This was no accident, nor was Filner merely uninformed.

Canada Goose Parka Filner is not a political novice. He’s wandered the halls of power for 30 years and knows every trick in the book, including dirty ones. His actions seem intended to encourage anti gay conservatives to hold their nose and vote for Filner Canada Goose Parka.