Opponents protest LGBT mayoral candidatesAround the City Thursday, June 30th, 2011
Opponents of both Carl DeMaio and Bonnie Dumanis protested at the candidates’ mayoral campaign events over the past few days.
A group of LGBT Democrats organized a protest at a DeMaio fundraiser on Monday, June 27. While DeMaio was inside Eden (located at 1202 University Ave. in Hillcrest), a group of about a dozen people were outside protesting his record on LGBT issues – or lack of a record, according to a press statement.
“Carl DeMaio is gay, but is that enough?” asked Jess Durfee, chairman of the San Diego County Democratic Party and treasurer of the California Democratic Party LGBT Caucus. “When he ran for City Council in 2008, there was a major attack on the LGBT community in the form of Proposition 8 also on the ballot. What did DeMaio do for our community against that awful proposition? Nothing. He didn’t say a word. The LGBT community needs a mayor who will speak out when we are under attack.”
The protest, however, did not affect the fundraising event, according to the DeMaio campaign.
“We had over 80 supporters in attendance compared to the 10-12 protestors. I think the huge show of support for Carl was a little demoralizing to the protestors because they left before Carl even spoke,” said Stephen Puetz, a spokesman for DeMaio. “The event was a huge success and we raised double what we had hoped to raise.”
On Tuesday, June 28, an organization called Not Dumanis picketed outside her kickoff fundraiser at the Electra Building (located at 700 West E St. in downtown).
“Dumanis has dedicated herself to overturning the will of the voters and to destroying innocent lives in the process. Help us stop the Dumanis reign of terror,” according to the group’s Facebook page. While the group boasts more than 300 members, less than 10 participated in this week’s protest. The majority of those in attendance were members of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a pro-medical marijuana organization.
“There are so many issues that are bad for San Diego,” said ASA Chair Eugene Davidovich.
“I’ve said many times that I support the legal, legitimate use of medical marijuana,” Dumanis told San Diego LGBT Weekly in a statement. “Under my leadership, the district attorney’s office has not, and will not file charges against a legitimate patient who is simply following the law to ease the pain of chronic illness. At the same time, I do not support drug dealers who hide behind the compassionate spirit of the law to make large profits, operate marijuana storefronts illegally and threaten public safety in San Diego’s neighborhoods.”
DeMaio, an out gay city councilman, is currently representing San Diego’s District 5. Dumanis is currently serving as San Diego district attorney, the first open lesbian DA in the country. If DeMaio or Dumanis win the election, then it will be the first time San Diego has elected an openly gay or lesbian mayor.
Also running for mayor are straight allies state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, also a Republican, and U.S. Congressman Bob Filner, a Democrat.
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