Radical right-wing attacks Carl DeMaioBottom Highlights, Conversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Commentary: Conversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest
Congressional candidate and former City Councilman Carl DeMaio continues to be the target of radical right-wing Republicans and Christian fundamentalist extremists who are trying everything they can to defeat DeMaio, who is considered the frontrunner in the upcoming June primary. They have made it clear in their right wing newsletters, blogs etc. that they do not want “this homosexual” elected to Congress and that his equality pro-choice progressive stands on social issues in their minds are a threat to America.
These attacks include his five year committed relationship with Carl’s life partner Johnathan Hale, president of the Hillcrest Business Association.
These extreme right wing national organizations are raising money and supporting one of DeMaio’s opponents who is for the return of “family values.”
What I find interesting and very concerning is that the vast majority of the GLBT media have ignored and not covered these attacks, while even many national mainstream media have.
What is also very disturbing is that some GLBT leaders, organizations and media have gone out of their way to also attack and misrepresent Carl DeMaio. While on the City Council DeMaio’s pro-equality voting record was 100 percent.
It is expected that DeMaio will make the run-off along with fellow former Councilman Scott Peters and sadly a very negative and ugly general election campaign is expected.
Yes, I believe Carl DeMaio, being one of the two winners of the June primary, is very important to our community especially after the vicious ongoing attacks by the radical right-wing extremists … and yes I have endorsed DeMaio of the three Republican candidates. And no, I do not agree with Carl on some issues as well as all of Scott Peters’ votes but I do believe that Carl DeMaio’s historic election as the first out and pro-equality Republican congressman in the nation will give the GLBT community a leader and a strong articulate voice in ongoing efforts to change the Republican Party.
No, Carl has never been a gay activist, nor will he be one in Congress, but he would be a leader and a voice among a “new generation” of Republicans and progressives who are trying to lead the Republican Party to the “middle” instead of being at times a captive of the right.
My message to our GLBT community is to learn about Carl and his pro-equality record yourself and not believe everything many partisan left wing Democrats are trying to peddle and sell.
Police Chief Zimmerman at the LGBT Center
San Diego’s new police chief, Shelley Zimmerman spent her 55th birthday at a town house meeting for the residents of the 3rd City Council District this past Monday.
I had the honor of being the moderator of the two hour meeting in which Chief Zimmerman answered dozens of questions. City Council President Todd Gloria hosted the event along with The LGBT Center.
I found our city’s first female police chief to be very down to earth, straight forward and continuing her well-earned reputation of engaging with the citizens of San Diego and especially its diverse communities.
San Diego Opera should close down
Personally, I love the arts, especially the theater and opera but the facts are the facts – opera houses in many major American cities have and are closing down. As in San Diego attendance has slowed down these past two decades as the younger generation of Americans have never warmed up to the opera.
While I understand those who have, for now, successfully kept our opera open it is sadly a matter of time that ours will also closedown.
We are not just whipping a dead horse and the fat lady will sing – it’s just a matter of time.
Nicole Murray Ramirez has been an award-winning columnist since 1973, and a Latino and gay activist for more than 45 years. He is currently a city commissioner and has served the last seven mayors of San Diego. He is also a national board member of the Harvey Milk Foundation and chairman of the International Court Council of the USA, Canada and Mexico. In 2013 Murray Ramirez was named “Mayor of Hillcrest” by a City proclamation. Nicolemrsandiego@aol.com
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