The smearing of Carl DeMaioConversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest, Bottom Highlights Thursday, August 29th, 2013
Commentary: Conversations with Nicole
In more than 50 years of being involved with politics, I have never witnessed such a vicious and ugly smear campaign like the one recently launched against Carl DeMaio. About four years ago I got a call from someone who worked at City Hall who informed me that some City Council aides were having “fun” spreading raunchy rumors and gossip about the newly elected Councilman Carl DeMaio who had not long ago publicly confirmed that he was gay; almost all the Democrats on the 10th floor greatly disliked the then rising young Republican star. I immediately informed Carl of the situation and with the help of Councilman Todd Gloria, those Council aides were reprimanded.
At the time, this “bathroom” gossip and lies were dismissed by the naïve young councilman, but Gloria and I knew immediately that unless this outrageous gossip was not put to rest it could spread and these lies would continue. For decades prominent gay men have been subjected to these types of bathroom whisper campaigns … after all, homosexuals are “deviants and sex crazy” aren’t they? Now four years later, this same vicious rumor has popped up and it’s an outright lie … period.
For years no one would touch this ugly story, but now because of the recent mayoral sex scandal, anti-DeMaio forces feel very comfortable spreading it all over the place. No matter how you feel about Carl’s politics all GLBT and decent San Diegans should be outraged at this homophobic smear campaign. It’s disgusting and I call upon Ben Hueso to denounce it immediately.
Who will be our next mayor?
Every poll shows Nathan Fletcher and Carl DeMaio leading the pack, with Todd Gloria and Kevin Faulconer being possible strong contenders. Tomorrow Gloria becomes our city’s “interim mayor” and his popularity could rise greatly in the next few months; but then this hard working and dedicated public servant’s dream has always been to succeed Susan Davis to the U. S. Congress. Many would like to see DeMaio continue his congressional race and once again make history; but big pressure is mounting on him to make another run for mayor. The experienced and true gentleman, Faulconer is liked by many and would make a very competent mayor, but it is the young bright Kennedy-like ex-Marine Nathan Fletcher (who I call the Gavin Newsom of the south) who is getting all the buzz … the popular former state assemblyman with a beautiful wife and two wonderful boys is the one to watch, but our next mayor will definitely be one of these four qualified men.
Community helps more than 65 kids
For years now the Imperial Court, The Center, Martinis Above Fourth and many others have been supplying children in need with backpacks, school supplies, new shoes and clothing. This year more than 65 kids got assistance and Allan Spyere (Court president), the owners of Martinis, Council President Todd Gloria and I spent a wonderful Saturday morning passing out new school supplies. A very special “thank you” to Family Matters (Carolina and Jane), The Center, Rob Benzon Foundation and you the community. I wish you could all have seen these wonderful and excited girls’ and boys’ faces!
Nicky Awards draws public officials
In 1975 when the “Nicky Awards” were established, no politician or official would be caught dead at a gay event. “Homosexual acts” were against the law in California. This past Sunday the “gay Academy Awards of San Diego,” held at the Marriot Hotel, drew Police Chief Bill Lansdowne, Sheriff Bill Gore, County Supervisor Ron Roberts, Judge Ken Gosselin, former state Assemblymen Nathan Fletcher and Anthony Portantino, Sixth City Council candidate Chris Cate as well as state Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, Council President Todd Gloria, School Board Vice President Kevin Bieser and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis (Nicky Award honoree) among others. Boy, have times changed! Among top honorees were Russell Roybal (deputy director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force), movie/TV actor Wilson Cruz (GLAAD), Gays for Good (San Diego Chapter), Bixi Craig, (Lavender Lens) and Ron Sperry (RC Awards).
Congratulations to all the 2013 Nicky Award winners! Another great job from producer Allan Spyere; but we agree the special board of governor’s honors and speeches will be cut down next year.
A Filner book?
Well the local media has been reporting about a possible future book deal for Bob Filner, and I hope so. The whole complete truth needs to be told as well as his life of more than 40 years being a public servant and a fighter for social justice.
I agree, there should be a lot of nervous Democratic leaders concerning this possible book because many were hypocrites and liars. I agree it’s time to move on but there was much more to Bob Filner than this scandal and now he has been totally ruined and destroyed. He will always be my friend … “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” and many a hypocrite cast huge boulders.
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