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Watch: Harvey Milk Pal and CA Assemblyman Tom Ammiano Talks 'DADT' Repeal, Gay Rights

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Gay California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano appeared on CBS5 in San Francisco to discuss the repeal of 'DADT' and the progress of the lgbt civil rights movement since Harvey Milk's time.

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  1. What a smart and thoughtful man, why isn't he in the House of Representatives.

    Posted by: BlValley | Dec 20, 2010 9:14:39 AM


  2. I think Tom loves serving where he does, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him take Nancy Pelosi's place at such time as she is ready to retire. But I'm not ready for her to go away yet -- I think this next term will be a great time for her.

    Posted by: DougChgo | Dec 20, 2010 9:32:47 AM


  3. Love him!

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 20, 2010 9:46:05 AM


  4. @BLValley: Because he often speaks before he thinks and would be hard to elect---again, outside the Bay Area mindset(where the straight SF mayor's [Newsom] words on the initial same-sex marriage victory were used against him again and again in conservative parts of the state...and Tom has said far more "scandalous" things). And in this clip he was great, but he doesn't seem to have aspirations for higher office and his voice irritates a lot of people. That sounds superficial, but politics is superficial.

    Don't get me wrong, I respect Tom a lot and he's clearly quite bright. But he's turned down being the interim SF mayor (despite widespread support) and seems to want a mildly quiet life, which I absolutely cannot blame him for.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 20, 2010 9:47:01 AM


  5. Houston might be ready for a lesbian mayor.

    San Francisco certainly isn't ready for a gay mayor.

    If they appoint one after Newsom leaves for the state capitol, he will probably lose in November anyhow. Ammiano ran for the office twice already and lost to the more "mainstream" candidate each time.

    In spite of, or perhaps because of, the city's reputation as a gay haven, many straights are uncomfortable with the idea of having an openly gay person in charge. And they are still the majority of the electorate by far. Homosexuality is still used as the punch line in the national media. And heterosexuals in the Bay Area are, understandably, really sick of being the subject of gay jokes.

    Posted by: John | Dec 20, 2010 11:12:32 AM


  6. I suspect that a lot of gays in San Francisco are put off by Tom Ammiano; personally, I've always had a hard time getting past his nasal voice.

    Posted by: Tu7 | Dec 20, 2010 11:24:08 AM


  7. San Francisco’s democratic political machine will not have a gay mayor. Sycophants of wealthy conserv-a-dems like Diane Feinstein run the city for the most part and gays are just too icky. I recently heard one Joiner League type saying “if the gays just got rid of the drag queens especially those nuns, the city would be great”.

    Posted by: ggreen | Dec 20, 2010 1:24:30 PM


  8. @John: aside from Ammiano, there's really no one to appoint. Bevan Dufty can't do it because you can't be interim mayor and run for real mayor. Mark Leno has no support.

    And while Ammiano technically ran twice, the first time was a write-in campaign where he did shockingly well.

    Anyway, Dufty could have a chance, but only because he's been positioning himself for it for quite a while and has been an effective supervisor---about the only one. Though I agree that someone like Herrera is more likely to win.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 20, 2010 6:59:51 PM


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