Houston Chronicle Pulls Endorsement of Candidate Over Anti-Gay Flyer

On Sunday, Brandon posted about Manuel Rodriguez, Jr., who is running for another term on the board of the Houston Independent School District.

VotenoRodriguez Jr. had sent out a flyer suggesting folks should vote against him because he might be gay.

The Houston Chronicle pulled its endorsement of Rodriguez Jr.:

Earlier this campaign season, we endorsed Manuel Rodriguez Jr. for another term on the board of the Houston Independent School District. We now retract that endorsement in the race for HISD Position III trustee.

A last-minute campaign flier for Rodriguez displays appalling homophobia. The flier urges recipients not just to vote for Rodriguez, but to vote against his opponent, Ramiro Fonseca, because he has been endorsed by the Houston GLBT Caucus, "the South's oldest civil rights organization dedicated solely to the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights." The flier further states that Fonseca has "spent years advocating for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender rights … not kids," and winds up with a pair of bullet points noting that he's 54 years old with no children and has a male partner.

That's obvious gay-bashing, of the kind that HISD rightly prohibits on the playground. It has no place on HISD's board.


  1. tinhouston says

    Yes! for the Chronicle–good for you. Maybe it comes a bit late, since today (Tues) we vote. If i hadn’t chkd out Towleroad, i wouldn’t have seen this. Missed it in the paper this am. so thanks to you Andy!

  2. Francis says

    Good for chron and the response in general from Houston in general has been correct in condemning this egregious flyer. With that said, it’s imperative that Mr. Rodriguez is not reelected. That would be an awful decision for all LGBT parents and children of Houston, and it would send a horrible message of acceptance of such homophobic attitudes. People need to get out to vote this man out.

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