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Annise Parker's Opponent Bankrolled PAC That Sent Anti-Gay Mailer


Annise Parker's opponent in the Houston mayoral race, Gene Locke, has been accused of bankrolling the PAC that recently sent out a flyer urging voters not to choose Parker because of her association with Houston's Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Political Caucus, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Above is one portion of the flyer (Full flyer scans here).

The Chronicle reports:Parker

Locke has been dogged by Parker, her supporters and some uncommitted Democrats for seeking the endorsement of conservative activist Steven Hotze, who has a long history of opposing gay candidates and causes. A mail piece Hotze sent out last week urged voters not to choose Parker and several others seeking municipal offices because they were “endorsed by gay lesbian political action committee,” a reference to Houston's Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Political Caucus. It labeled others as “radical liberals” and supported some candidates based on a record of fiscal conservatism.

According to financial documents, Hotze's political action committee received a $20,000 donation about a week before the mail pieces went out from Ned Holmes, finance chairman of Locke's campaign, and $20,000 from James Dannenbaum, who is on Locke's finance committee.

Hotze's PAC, Conservative Republicans of Harris County, lists $56,000 in donations between Oct. 25 and Dec. 2. Only two other donors, who contributed a total of $16,000, are listed.

The Parker camp also decried a $50,000 donation from homebuilder Bob Perry to the Houston Police Officers Union, which endorsed Locke and sent a mailer attacking the controller as “soft on crime.”

Parker campaign manager Adam Harris said evidence points to coordination.

Parker was the target of an ugly mailer campaign in mid-November as well, which featured an image of her with her longtime partner and asked, "Is this the image Houston wants to portray?"

A recent poll showed Parker with a slight edge over Locke. The run-off election is December 10.

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  1. Don't just get out there and vote Texans, influence and impact your family, friends, neighbors, everyone to vote for Parke by calling them, facebook them, email them, text them. Most people don't know much about politics, but if you present them your personal liking toward a politician and why they are qualified, it will maybe influence them to vote for that particular candidate...or just vote period!
    This would be an unbelievable step in the right direction Texas of all places. Here's to hoping!

    Posted by: Bayley | Dec 8, 2009 9:50:37 AM

  2. I placed my early vote for Parker yesterday. All you Houstonians get out and vote! Today is the last day for early voting.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Dec 8, 2009 11:53:28 AM


    Posted by: KFLO | Dec 8, 2009 11:57:38 AM

  4. VOTE FOR ANNISE PARKER! Get every Houstonian to vote for Annise.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 8, 2009 12:26:54 PM

  5. I cast my vote for Annise sometime last week and have been reminding a few people to get out and vote. Also the run-off election is Dec.12 not Dec.10

    Posted by: Lazlo | Dec 8, 2009 3:16:04 PM

  6. If I lived in Houston, I'd vote for Annise. She was a sweetheart to me years ago as a friend....and even though I suspect she's quite a bit more conservative than I am, she has my trust.

    Posted by: RecoveringTexan | Dec 9, 2009 3:37:34 AM

  7. The most recent attack hit the mailboxes yesterday. A flyer was sent by Dave Wilson saying that a vote for Gene Locke and two other council candidates is a vote for Traditional Family & Marriage. Along with Annise Parker, Lane Lewis and Sue Lovell are openly gay.

    The flyer also uses a quote by Chief Justice Warren Berger and a quote from the Bible.

    Posted by: Timmy | Dec 9, 2009 12:08:30 PM

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