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NY State Senator Ruben Diaz Says NYC Mayoral Longshot Should Go Gay For Attention

Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., the only Democrat in the New York State Senate who voted against the marriage equality bill in 2011, has been busy lately supporting evangelical minister Erick Salgado in his long-shot bid to become the next mayor of NYC. While Salgado's fund-raising and name recognition pales in comparison to rival candidates, Diaz has a suggestion that will rocket his candidate to the top of the polls: go gay. 

Politicker reports:

DiazNever shy about speaking his mind, State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. suggested in his latest missive that long-shot mayoral candidate Erick Salgado could net far more publicity for his campaign if he just declared himself gay, solicited prostitutes, and tweeted photos of his underwear.

'Salgado could declare that he is a homosexual, go to the City Hall Clerk, get a license, marry another man in a public garden, and become the very first male New York City mayoral candidate who is officially married to a man," Mr. Diaz, a booster of Mr. Salgado, wrote in his ongoing series of "What You Should Know" statements.

"If he does this, I am absolutely certain that he will get millions and millions of dollars in free publicity," Mr. Salgado said. 

Diaz later said that Salgado should take a page out of Anthony Weiner's book and "take some photos of himself in his underwear and tweet  them to different young women, lie about it, and then accuse someone of tampering with his Twitter account." 

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  1. I love being a New Yorker, but every time this asshat opens his infected gob to spew his bile, I want to drive down to his district and just start slapping people who routinely vote for him.

    Posted by: DuPree | Jul 15, 2013 5:47:48 PM

  2. Mr. Diaz is 100000000% correct here. Unequivocally.

    The first politician to fake being gay for publicity will get millions of dollars worth of publicity, bad publicity.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jul 15, 2013 5:49:17 PM

  3. Let this show that every a**hat gets called out; GOP or Democrat.
    He is a religiously obsessed mind poisoned bigot that is despicable as a legislative representative. I shame the Minn 6th for Bachmann and I shame NY 32nd for Diaz.

    We've got to do better than this.

    Posted by: JONES | Jul 15, 2013 5:55:06 PM

  4. We'd want to see the wedding night photos to prove his gayness. Oh, and the part where he gets to kiss his new husband.

    But really, shouldn't Diaz just go gay? Then we will welcome him with open arms and give him millions of dollars.

    Just sayin.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 15, 2013 5:55:38 PM

  5. Then Diaz should become a strategist, resign his post in the Senate and hopefully they'll vote for a person that ACTUALLY fights for his constituents....

    Posted by: Terry | Jul 15, 2013 5:56:34 PM

  6. Maybe he should just go pick some friggin cotton since he's already behind the times to begin with.

    In other words, F*CK HIM.

    Posted by: Michael | Jul 15, 2013 6:07:32 PM

  7. ¡Viva la Raza!

    Posted by: me | Jul 15, 2013 6:14:14 PM

  8. Indeed Jones,there aren't as many bigoted Democrats (at least those who will be willing to admit to it) as there are Republicans but they are there.
    And Ruben Diaz is one of them. And I will say this,during the fight for marriage equality in NY,he was far more vicious,hateful and cruel then any of the Republicans fighting against us in NY.
    One final thing,like so many of the other anti-gay bigots like Phyllis Schlafly,Alan Keyes,Newt Gingrinch etc,Diaz's granddaughter is a lesbian,and it doesn't make a damn bit of difference to him.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jul 15, 2013 6:20:39 PM

  9. Diaz is such a disgusting human being and a disgrace as a politician. There must be some way to get this guy out of office.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Jul 15, 2013 6:34:05 PM

  10. So basically it's still ok for elected leaders to regularly demonize and malign a whole group of people? OF COURSE IT IS.

    Posted by: Martin | Jul 15, 2013 6:54:07 PM

  11. Diaz has the mind of a 6-year-old. If left to his own devices he'll finally say something so stupid and repugnant that even his staunchest supporters will jump ship. Just a matter of time.

    Posted by: Geoff | Jul 15, 2013 7:24:53 PM

  12. diaz is and always will be an ignorant bigot who continues to spread hate wherever he goes.

    Posted by: walter | Jul 15, 2013 10:52:58 PM

  13. This asshat was born in Puerto Rico and joined the Air Force when he was 17. He came to the US when he was 23 but it's like he never left the grass shack he was raised in. He is a pentacostal and evangelical and was rabidly anti-gay on every issue that came up. He represtented a Hispanic area of the Bronx and liked to wear a cowboy hat - white ones and black ones - a lot, which I always found symptomatic of something.

    Posted by: emjayay | Jul 16, 2013 1:10:45 AM

  14. This guy is a clown, and not a funny one

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jul 16, 2013 10:23:43 AM

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