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Anti-Gay Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Naugle Flushed from Office

Gay-friendly Rep. Jack Seiler (D), 46, won Fort Lauderdale's mayoral election yesterday, beating out openly gay candidates Earl Rynerson and lawyer Dean Trantalis. Naugle left office because of term limits.

SeilerJoe.My.God reports: "Seiler was opposed by the gay political group Dolphin Democrats, who published ads noting his endorsement by Jim Naugle. The legitimacy of Seiler's candidacy was questioned early in the campaign when he rented a home six blocks from his longtime home in adjacent Wilton Manors, where Seiler was mayor from 1998-2000, in order to establish residency inside Fort Lauderdale's city limits. Seiler's state legislative district included a portion of Fort Lauderdale."

Monday I noted that Naugle told the Sun-Sentinel that while the ads could have the effect of hurting Seiler by denying him the gay vote, they could also have the effect of boosting Seiler among non-gay voters who had re-elected Naugle eight consecutive times. And it appears Naugle may have been right.

However, Seiler seems more gay-friendly than the homophobic Naugle.

In a video shot late in the day yesterday by Father Tony for Joe.My.God, Seiler brushes off Naugle's endorsement and states his positions on several LGBT issues.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. this man is obviously no enemy to the lbgt community here, he could hardly be having been mayor of wilton manors.

    Posted by: tommyt | Feb 11, 2009 8:45:52 AM

  2. a lot has changed since Jack was here in Wilton Manors 9 years ago. 2 gay mayors, majority gay commissioners, that is what has helped transform this city into what it is now - not Jack. He is no Naugle, thank god, but he is not as friendly as you might ASSume. We need to stay on him so that he serves ALL of Ft. Lauderdale equally.

    Posted by: a lot has changed | Feb 11, 2009 10:18:24 AM

  3. As a resident of Fort Lauderdale I can assure you it's just anoother hick redneck town that just happens to be ocean adjacent. Yes theres more than 6 gay bars ... yes you can hold hands with your BF in some areas ... but lets get real its still Hooterville by most standards. (I have a great job so I have to be here to answer that question) Come visit though .. we need your tax money.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 11, 2009 10:29:50 AM

  4. Being gay is a sin, hurricane hit New Orleans, on Gay pride Parade day, cause no one spoke out against it. Ever heard of Sodam and Gamorrah, God destroyed those cities, Defying God will only get you dead and going to hell. Wake up stop sinning, find your soulmate, definately not the same sex!Ask for Jesus into your lives, He is a great God and can change you!

    Posted by: Antonio | Jun 20, 2012 8:58:13 AM

  5. Church is evil sh***t head

    Posted by: barry | Jul 3, 2013 10:32:12 AM

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