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Defeated NYC Senate Candidate Apologizes for Homophobic Mailer Exposing Opponent's Gay Friends, Staffers

New York state Senate candidate Juan Reyes lost his GOP primary to NYC Councilman Eric Ulrich last week following the publication of a homophobic mailer in which Reyes accused Ulrich of socializing with gay people and hiring gay staffers.

ReyesWe posted the mailing HERE.

Over the weekend, the Reyes campaign posted an apology for the mailing on his campaign website:

Clearly, what our campaign intended to say in one of our final mailings was not what people heard, and for that the Reyes campaign is deeply sorry. The campaign’s only goal for that mailing to expose the hypocrisy of flip-flopping, but in the final days of the campaign we rushed a piece to press and should have given our candidate time to scrutinize it.

Juan Reyes personally apologizes for the hurt some of our friends, neighbors and fellow citizens felt — regardless of whether they are gay or straight.

As an attorney and concerned citizen, Juan believes strongly that everyone should have the opportunity to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and that everyone should have the opportunity to exercise their own free will in determining what that happiness is, and how they live their lives in achieving it.

Juan also believes those rights must be protected under the law, and respected as a common courtesy by friends and strangers alike. That’s good government, good citizenship, and good manners.

Whatever disagreements we may have over specific legislation, Juan believes strongly that what unites Americans as a people is our willingness and desire to live in a country where different people of many backgrounds can exist together in peace and harmony. It’s what makes us Americans.

That’s the world Juan and his wife believe in, and more importantly, it is the kind of world in which they want their three young daughters to live in when they are older.

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  1. FU

    Posted by: Gus | Sep 17, 2012 12:24:45 PM

  2. well that was a load of nonsense. thanks for playing, chump!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 17, 2012 12:29:10 PM

  3. Rot in H.

    Posted by: Bertrille | Sep 17, 2012 12:31:08 PM

  4. This is good instruction in how to say absolutely nothing in a large number of words. The man is a total jerk, but that is not exactly news.

    Posted by: Joel | Sep 17, 2012 12:32:03 PM

  5. I'm sure he would have made the same statement had he won.

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER I | Sep 17, 2012 12:36:48 PM

  6. Whatever... But please be sure all the homophobias have a chance to see it clearly about gay people, not saying that he/ she might be have a son or son in law is totally gay...

    Posted by: charming | Sep 17, 2012 12:52:13 PM

  7. It's fascinating to watch a political snake shed its skin.

    Posted by: i could go on, but I won't | Sep 17, 2012 12:53:47 PM

  8. I hope he's wearing hip-waders because that sure is a huge load of BS he just dumped.

    Posted by: Bob R | Sep 17, 2012 1:00:34 PM

  9. That's not an apology. It's the usual "Sorry if anyone was offended" BS

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 17, 2012 1:00:50 PM

  10. Not a bad apology, actually. I guess Reyes wants a future in NY politics.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Sep 17, 2012 1:07:32 PM

  11. Hypocrite, plain and simple.

    Posted by: trees | Sep 17, 2012 1:13:58 PM

  12. He's not sorry he did it; he's sorry it didn't work.

    Posted by: Peter | Sep 17, 2012 1:26:50 PM

  13. OMG, talk about convenient timing.

    He could have at least held his head high and said nothing at all. This just makes him pathetic.

    Too little, too late, asshat.

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Sep 17, 2012 2:10:52 PM

  14. "we rushed a piece to press and should have given our candidate time to scrutinize it" should read: we tried to smear our opponent as a lover of gay people and it backfired.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 17, 2012 2:42:00 PM

  15. Peter, he's also sorry that he got called on it. It's apparent to me that these people live in a world where accusing a politician of being 'gay-friendly' is a sure ticket to election.

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Sep 17, 2012 2:48:55 PM

  16. Thank you. Now get the hell out of politics, you nutjob.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Sep 17, 2012 3:14:17 PM

  17. blah-blah-blah

    Posted by: Roman Bolliger | Sep 17, 2012 3:33:24 PM

  18. I am glad to see the homophobic rhetoric finally exploding in their faces! I am so sick of politicians using my life as a gay man as a political football!

    Posted by: Jim Stone | Sep 17, 2012 4:06:19 PM

  19. Find another career, Juan.

    You messed this one permanently. And most deservedly so. That obnoxious, vile, and inexcusable homophobic mailing will be referenceable forever.

    Posted by: rational | Sep 17, 2012 8:03:49 PM

  20. Well we know the English language is screwed over, but I'm sure they conveyed what they intended in their flyer.

    Posted by: SFRowGuy | Sep 17, 2012 8:32:19 PM

  21. Am I missing something here? The campaign issued this "apology". The individual, Mr. Reyes, has not. It is odd to hear the campaign committee say how wonderful a world, Mr. Reyes believes in. And how many rights Mr. Reyes supports. But anyone noticed that Mr. Reyes has not really acknowledged that he believes all this?

    Posted by: Reggie777 | Sep 18, 2012 5:28:53 AM

  22. Isn't that the Republican M.O. these days, spread a bit of misinformation and hate and then you apologize?

    Posted by: lk | Sep 18, 2012 8:53:35 AM

  23. @LK: Romney's MO is even simpler - lie and DON'T apologize.

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