Anti-Gay GOP Chair Who Attacked and Sued Houston Mayor Annise Parker Loses Re-Election Bid

Jared Woodfill, the anti-gay Harris County GOP Chair who sued the city of Houston and Mayor Annise Parker over Parker's decision to extend health and life insurance benefits to gay married spouses, lost his bid for reelection on Tuesday, LoneStarQ reports:

WoodfillWoodfill, a 12-year incumbent, lost to challenger Paul Simpson by a margin of 53 percent to 37 percent, with third-place finisher Wendy McPherson Berry capturing 10 percent.

Woodfill campaigned heavily on social issues, staging a “Stand for Marriage” press conference a day before the primary in response to a federal judge’s decision striking down Texas’ bans on same-sex marriage. The press conference was billed as a rally against “sodomite” marriage and a “would-be dictator” judge.

Woodfill also attacked Parker for marrying her partner in Palm Springs.

Said Parker of the attacks:

"Mr. Woodfill is a little like a windup doll. I say something and he goes on TV and says this is something I planned. It’s part of my grand agenda to promote gay rights…You don't commit 23 years of your life to someone to make a political statement…I took four days off. I had to leave my home state and make a little wedge of time to marry the woman I love. They can get over it."


  1. titus says

    inch by inch, step by step morality is for winning. however, we must prepare ourselves for setbacks. they will come and we will surmount them in due time. maybe not as fast as it should be, but we will win

  2. steven says

    The real question, of course, is what’s the new guy about? This could be a case of one repugnicrat thrown out because he’s not TP enough and the new guy is even worse.

  3. Evan says

    The new guy, Paul Simpson, doesn’t seem to focus nearly as much on social issues as Woodfill did. From the Houston Chronicle:
    “Simpson and his supporters paint the race as a battle over management style, accusing Woodfill of weak fundraising and outreach at a time when the county is growing and diversifying – and, by many measures, becoming more Democratic. They also have suggested that Woodfill has focused too much on divisive social issues, such as same-sex marriage.”

  4. Francis says

    Simpson, Woodfill’s opponent, is a social conservative too, but focuses firstly on economic and constitutional conservatism. Although Woodfill talks a big bigoted game, he wasn’t very liked in Harris County based on polls going into yesterday. He was an underdog, and he got beat soundly. Goes to show that this far-right extreme hate is simply too much even for mainstream Texas Republicans.

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