The attempts to demonize pro-equality RepublicansConversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Commentary: Conversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest
Many of you have asked me if the publisher of San Diego LGBT Weekly, Stampp Corbin is obsessed with pro-equality Republicans as his commentary last week was about the twelfth time he has blasted pro-equality Republicans, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and their GLBT supporters. In fact, Stampp has tried to paint Mayor Faulconer’s supporters as “prostitutes” and “charlatans”. Well, as I’ve said before, Stampp Corbin loves to remind us that he is a product of Chicago politics which as we all know is one of the most corrupt political machines in the country and I guess Stampp fantasizes himself as a “Boss Daley” of San Diego’s GLBT community and he knows what is best for us.
Now let me make it quite clear, yes, I was a registered Republican until AIDS and the Reagan era. The then chair of the San Diego Democratic Party, Ms. Irma Munoz herself registered me as a Democrat which I have been ever since.
I have served on the California State Democratic Central Committee, having been appointed by State Assemblyman Peter Chacon (then chair of the Hispanic caucus) and Assemblywoman Toni Atkins. I was involved in the Jesse Jackson presidential campaign and endorsed Bill Clinton when he was still the governor of Arkansas.
But all my life, like many Americans I have voted for the person not the party. From having dinner with then Democratic Gov. Gray Davis (I was state chair of Equality California) to going to Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s home for dinner. Yes, I endorsed both of their re-election campaigns.
By the way, Republican Gov. Schwarzenegger signed more pro-GLBT equality bills than any governor in our state’s history.
Recently, many of us have noticed the growing nasty negative attacks on pro-equality Republicans (including my publisher) and most of these are from diehard Democrats. The fact is that there is a growing movement to change the Republican Party and some Democratic leaders hate the thought of both party’s being for LGBT equality. (Let’s not forget it took those seven Republican U.S. senators votes to end Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.)
San Diego has the best pro-equality Republicans in the nation … period.
Our popular mayor, Kevin Faulconer, within two weeks after being elected accepted the national co-chair of Mayors For Marriage Equality and, of course, this paper never even mentioned it. Jess Durfee, the past Democratic Party chair slammed Republican Bonnie Dumanis (the first elected lesbian district attorney in America who is Republican)… of course, Jess never mentioned that he had endorsed Bonnie’s opponent.
The attacks on openly gay Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio and his partner have become very vicious and cross the line. The attacks on pro-equality Councilwoman Lorie Zapf also cross the line of decency and truth.
The truth is that both straight and gay Republicans are being attacked just because they are Republicans … period. I have personally met with both the national co-chair and state chair of the Republican Party and I believe that there is an ongoing fight for the future of the Republican Party and I strongly support those Republicans who are trying to change this party.
Yes, as a Latino gay man I do not support the entire platform of the Republican Party but neither do all Republicans … Mayor Faulconer, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Jerry Sanders, Supervisor Ron Roberts, State Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, Councilwoman Lorie Zapf, Carl DeMaio, Chris Cate, Sheriff Bill Gore … are good solid public servants … are pro-GLBT marriage … are decent caring people … stop trying to demonize them just because they are Republican.
The Republican Party platform vows to pass a constitutional amendment to make marriage between one man and one woman. Nicole, are you so uninformed that you do not know that? Sorry, but I don’t give anybody a pass that supports the Republican platform, ergo anyone who runs as a Republican who wants my vote or the vote of the LGBT community needs to publicly repudiate the platform with respect to LGBT rights. Plain and simple. Not hard to say, so why do so many Republican candidates refuse to do it?
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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