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Gay Vallejo Mayoral Candidate Arrested for Public Intoxication

Gary Cloutier, the openly gay candidate in the neck-and-neck Vallejo, California mayoral election (the votes are still being counted) was arrested over the weekend in Palm Springs for public intoxication.

CloutierThe Times-Herald reports:

"Police were called to the area of Arenas Road and Calle El Segundo for a report of an intoxicated man attempting to drive away around 3:45 a.m, a Palm Springs Police Department press release said. Cloutier, 45, was arrested after police found him in the driver's seat of a newer Cadillac, according to the Palm Springs police report. Cloutier was 'staggering and could barely stand' after leaving Hunter's Bar, according to the police report. He was booked and held at Palm Springs Jail, and re-leased on a promise to appear at a later time, police said."

The paper also reports that with 400 ballots still to be counted, Cloutier is ahead of his opponent, Osby Davis, by 52 votes.

Either candidate's win will be a first for the city. Should Davis come out ahead, he'll be the city's first non-white mayor. Should Cloutier prevail, Vallejo will have its first gay mayor.

Davis was gracious in his response to news of his opponent's arrest, issuing the following statement: "My reaction is that the arrest is not synonymous with guilt. My prayers go out to Gary."

Previously
Vallejo, California Mayoral Candidates Battle to Be a First for City [tr]

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  1. Doesn't THAT just totally suck. If Cloutier does win the election, how is that any way to start? Davis certainly seems the man for the job showing incredible skill and refined character. I feel terrible for Cloutier, but this should be a wakeup call to Hunters and any other bar, for that matter that overserve. I've been to Hunters on several occasions and while it can be fun, waking up in a jail cell is not...ever.

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Nov 19, 2007 1:22:51 PM


  2. Pathetic. He's a drunkard and going for election?! Disgusting! What example does he set?! Where was his discernment? What gay trash! He does not set a good example and certainly doesn't deserve to win. Typical older gay trash reaffirming what everybody knows...most gay men are hedonistic and self destructive. F*ckin pathetic.

    Posted by: Nikko | Nov 19, 2007 1:49:29 PM


  3. "He's a drunkard..."

    Oh, come on, NIKKO, so was Winston Churchill. This drunken gay guy could be the next Churchill. THis man still belongs to two minority groups that I do: gays and drunks. Thank God he wasn't black too.

    I totally understand his line of thinking, "the election 's over, baby, I can sauce it up if I feel like it now."

    I wonder if the other candidates sips a little?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 19, 2007 2:00:54 PM


  4. i always thought that everyone driving in palm springs was drunk anyhow. i mean, isn't the city mostly populated with alcoholics?

    Posted by: alguien | Nov 19, 2007 3:36:24 PM


  5. Now he'll have to resign before he's sworn in! Ted Casablanca, Noooooo!

    Posted by: anon (gmail.com) | Nov 19, 2007 3:40:14 PM


  6. He must have really been getting his party celebration on, but, sheesh, why can't these drunks get a cab??? Or, a trick from one of the bars, who wasn't getting tanked??I'm sure those clubs and bars were packed, and, not everyone was boozing.

    Posted by: Sebastian | Nov 19, 2007 7:26:28 PM


  7. alguien: that's all you see here because you probably never step out of a bar or a drunken hot tub like all the rest of the touristas.

    Posted by: psgoodguy | Nov 19, 2007 11:02:10 PM


  8. alguien: that's all you see here because you probably never step out of a bar or a drunken hot tub like all the rest of the touristas.

    Posted by: psgoodguy | Nov 19, 2007 11:02:33 PM


  9. Typical older gay trash reaffirming what everybody knows...most gay men are hedonistic and self destructive. try to search them out on findbilover.com

    Posted by: John | Nov 20, 2007 5:21:52 AM


  10. Well, what are "typical" older straight men like? Selfish, violent and outwardly destructive? And they drink a lot too, and beat up women.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 20, 2007 12:32:58 PM


  11. These comment boards have really jumped the shark, haven't they?

    Posted by: Joe | Nov 20, 2007 7:28:00 PM


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