DeMaio faces heat after ‘anti-gay zealot’ donates money to mayoral campaignOnline Only, Top Highlights Monday, May 21st, 2012
San Diego CityBeat is reporting that mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio has accepted campaign money and endorsements from Charles LiMandri, a pro-life, anti-gay Catholic laywer. LiMandri joins other anti-gay supporters in DeMaio’s list of endorsers including Roger Hedgecock, a public voice against gay rights, and Brian Caster, one of the biggest donors to California’s Prop. 8.
According to CityBeat‘s Dave Maass, locally famous lawyer, Charles LiMandri exchanged a revealing series of emails with ‘ex-gay’ activist, James Hartline about the latter’s dismay at the former’s support for Carl DeMaio. Those emails, says CityBeat, were brought to the newspaper by Hartline himself. Perhaps of most interest to some is the thought process revealed by the private conversation of a staunchly anti-LGBT activist, such as LiMandri justifying his endorsement and financial support of a gay man who is running for mayor to a man who claims to have been “cured” of his own homosexuality.
LiMandri has served as an attorney for the National Organization of Marriage in California’s Prop. 8 battles and was a part of a lawsuit that held the city of San Diego liable for a group of firefighters that were required to march in a gay Pride parade. LiMandri also recently denounced the University of San Diego for hosting a drag show.
Despite LeMandri’s anti-gay agenda, the lawyer contributed $500 to DeMaio’s mayoral campaign.
“I have told [DeMaio] that I would pray for him. By endorsing him for Mayor, I am not endorsing his lifestyle. Yet, out of Christian concern for his well being, and the well being of our City, I believed that he deserves my support. I hope that by associating with good Christians, that he will become a better person, as I hope for all of us,” said LiMandri in the email exchange, according to CityBeat.
He added, “Carl DeMaio specifically promised me, as a condition of my support, that he would not push the gay agenda issues (including same-sex marriage) as did Mayor Sanders. Rather, he was emphatic with me that he did not believe that the Mayor should concern himself with these issues as they are not his responsibility.”
The entire email is available from CityBeat.
DeMaio’s campaign website assures the LGBT community that he is a ‘role model’, saying:
“Carl DeMaio is a role model for the LGBT community. Not only does he stand up for full equality, but he has been a tireless supporter of our LGBT organizations.”
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