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New Gay Vallejo Mayor Gary Cloutier Loses Election in Recount

After a recount and the tallying of all absentee ballots, recently-sworn in openly gay Vallejo, California Mayor Gary Cloutier was forced to give up his office as it was revealed that his rival Osby Davis won the election by three votes, the SF Chronicle reports:

Gary_cloutier"Davis, 62, asked for a recount, and the results showed that he finished with 5,718 votes to Cloutier's 5,715. Cloutier made headlines after he publicly apologized for his Nov. 18 arrest in Palm Springs for public intoxication. He was sworn in Tuesday under a city rule requiring the mayor-elect to take office by the first Tuesday in December. He became the Bay Area's first openly gay mayor. Davis will become the first African American mayor in the city of 117,000. 'This campaign is not about me; it never has been,' Davis, a devout Christian, said in thanking supporters and family who joined him at a news conference Thursday night. 'It's about the things God wants to do in this great city of ours called Vallejo.' Cloutier called Davis on Thursday to offer his congratulations; however, the lame-duck mayor didn't say whether he was going to challenge the recount, Davis said. Cloutier declined comment when reached by phone Thursday."

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  1. "...it's about the things God wants to do in this great city..."

    God doesn't know where the hell Vallejo is, and why should she care--electing a Christian fundamentalist over a drunk.
    May as well elect a damn Mormon.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Dec 7, 2007 10:56:53 AM


  2. So approximately 10% of the city population turned out and voted and the difference between them was 3 votes. I'd get a recount and see if "God" changes the vote count again.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Dec 7, 2007 12:46:49 PM


  3. I don't or didn't have a dog in this fight but why is assumed that because the guy mentions God then he's automatically anti-gay that's like assuming that since many Gays are anti-black that if Gary Cloutier had won then the city would have been anti-Black.

    Posted by: dbfeb | Dec 7, 2007 9:24:41 PM


  4. andy,

    you may dislike me for this, but shouldn't the headline read, "gay mayor of vallejo..."? i don't think you meant to say that the city of vallejo is gay. well, at least, not more than 49.996% gay. (did i do the math right?)

    love you "bato."

    Posted by: nic | Dec 8, 2007 12:50:23 AM


  5. DBFEB: Who said Mayor Davis is anti-gay? A 62 year old Christian Fundamentalist? He could be on the "down low" for all we know...but that's being still anti-gay, aint it?

    God Bless the new mayor. Like you said, who cares?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Dec 10, 2007 10:31:24 AM


  6. Let it go, kid. You lost. You come across as a whiny, crying twit anyway. It was a close election. You lost. Let it go. You continue to push this thing, we ALL lose!

    Posted by: mike | Dec 13, 2007 10:57:53 AM


  7. Let it go, kid. You lost. You come across as a whiny, crying twit anyway. It was a close election. You lost. Let it go. You continue to push this thing, we ALL lose!

    Posted by: mike | Dec 13, 2007 10:58:08 AM


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