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.


  1. charming says

    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…

  2. Andalusian Dog says

    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.

  3. Andrew says

    “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.

  4. Oz in OK says

    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.

  5. rational says

    Find another career, Juan.

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

  6. Reggie777 says

    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?

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