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Ellner Withdraws Candidacy As Head Of Empire State Pride Agenda

6a00d8341c730253ef013480d729a0970c Brian Ellner withdrew his name as a candidate for executive director of ESPA, a day before he was set to go before the gay rights group's board for approval, amid criticism from LGBT advocates. Ellner was expected to be easily approved for the job.

The New York Times reports:

"Several influential gay advocates objected to Mr. Ellner’s decision to take a job at the Board of Education under Mr. Bloomberg, whom they have never accepted as fully committed to their cause. While the mayor supports same-sex marriage, some advocates have not forgiven him for appealing a 2005 court decision that supported same-sex marriage and for backing Senate Republicans opposed to the unions."

"The advocates cited what they said was Mr. Ellner’s criticism of the mayor in 2005, when Mr. Ellner ran for Manhattan borough president."

“Brian Ellner could not be trusted with the rights of L.G.B.T. people, when he has a history of taking care of Brian Ellner and securing employment at the expense of ideals,” said Allen Roskoff, an advocate and the president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, an influential group in gay politics. The club had threatened to cut ties with the Empire State Pride Agenda if it appointed Mr. Ellner."

Ellner's response to his withdrawal: “It didn’t work out, and I wish them the best.”

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  1. Brian Ellner is pretty hot. Any shirtless pics?

    Posted by: huh? | May 23, 2010 12:52:29 AM

  2. Damn it when will we start getting smart about how politics work instead of acting like a bunch of spoiled kids. Christine Quinn is a horrible person, hardly. "Stuart Applebaum is an asshole" that one is true. I am embarrassed by the "so called" gay leaders who are more interested in their own power than in actually supporting those who can help us most.

    All I hear all the time is "do it our way, and do it now".... spoiled brats.

    We wont make progress until the old bitter queens retire and let authentic leaders do their thing.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 23, 2010 9:04:19 AM

  3. Christine Quinn swore again and again that she wouldn't try to reverse term limits—until it was time for her to be term-limited out of office. Then she went ahead and voted to overturn them.

    Although Quinn's entire record as speaker is atrocious—millions of dollars in slush funds allotted to nonexistent community groups, endorsement of the NYPD's new severe limits on the right to assembly—her self-serving flip-flop on term limits most clearly shows her utter lack of integrity. Quinn clearly is a horrible person.

    Posted by: 24play | May 23, 2010 10:12:14 AM

  4. Once again, we eat our own.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | May 23, 2010 12:37:37 PM

  5. why anyone would aspire for a low-paying career is politics only to open yourself up to the relentless cunting of the peanut gallery is beyond me. no wonder the brightest brains are in the private sector. brian, go back to a job at a private nyc law firm, make bank, and enjoy your life.

    Posted by: b mac | May 23, 2010 1:25:14 PM

  6. Yes, B Mac.

    I'd agree that if someone—like Ellner or Quinn—is primarily interested in "making bank" and career advancement, they really should do themselves AND THE COMMUNITY a favor and stay the fuck out of politics or community service.

    Posted by: 24play | May 23, 2010 3:38:08 PM

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