Bonnie Dumanis: party before communityBreaking News, Editorial, Top Highlights Monday, October 29th, 2012
BY STAMPP CORBIN
In a complete illustration that the Republican Party comes before her community, Bonnie Dumanis has endorsed Carl DeMaio for mayor of San Diego. Dumanis knows that the LGBT community overwhelmingly supports Filner, but her allegiance is to her beloved Republican Party. The LGBT community be damned.
We all thought Dumanis was smarter than to turn her back on the LGBT community. After all, she was given a pass on a number of issues because she was an out lesbian and the first lesbian elected to be a district attorney. No longer.
Dumanis had the opportunity not to endorse in the mayoral race, but what she has chosen to do is support DeMaio and the Republican Party platform; the Republican Party platform that is anti-choice and anti-LGBT. Why? Dumanis needs the support of the Republican Party in her future electoral races.
I do not understand how Dumanis can look her former supporters in the eye and say she endorses DeMaio and supports the Republican Party platform that is so rabidly anti-LGBT. The same Republican Party from which Dumanis sought an endorsement; the party that spews hate toward the LGBT community. Worse, I cannot understand how her LGBT supporters let this happen. Did Dumanis discuss this endorsement with LGBT leaders? Doubtful.
Well I have news for you, supporting Bonnie Dumanis in the future will be akin to supporting Mitt Romney; I would keep it to myself. The vast majority of the LGBT community does not support the anti-choice, anti-LGBT policies of the Republican Party and Dumanis has helped us fully understand why we should not support moderate LGBT Republican candidates in San Diego. Dumanis has fooled us for many years, but no longer.
Many of us looked away when Dumanis did not support the use of medical marijuana, or her full throttled support of the death penalty, which has been proven to be disproportionately applied to minority communities; many who are later proven innocent. Then there was Dumanis’ support of gubernatorial and anti-LGBT candidate Meg Whitman. So many chances the LGBT community has given Dumanis and she has always disappointed in favor of her Republican Party. It is truly sad.
Dumanis attacked independent mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher all for the sake of her beloved Republican Party. She also did not drop out of the mayoral primary to ensure that the race was between Filner and DeMaio. Dumanis’ support never exceeded 13 percent. Why did she stay in? She wanted to prevent a Fletcher versus Filner race. At least Fletcher has had the intestinal fortitude to not make an endorsement in the mayor’s race.
Dumanis, we will not forget your decision the next time you ask the LGBT community to support you. You have shown your true colors and we will show ours in the voting booth. Who out there wants to run against Dumanis in her next district attorney race? The LGBT community is up for grabs.
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