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More Sources Confirm Clay Aiken Prepping Congressional Bid in North Carolina

Additional sources confirm pop singer and gay American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is assembling a political team to run for the Democratic nomination in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District, WRAL News reports:

Clay aikenAiken, a Raleigh native, is expected to make an official announcement next month, sources said.

Sources said Aiken has talked to Democratic consultants Betsy Conti, Nation Hahn and Gary Pearce about possibly helping with a run for Congress. He also has spoken with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, sources said.

Former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco and Durham attorney Houston Barnes have already announced plans to seek the Democratic nomination in the 2nd District, which is now held by Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers.

Elmers defeated seven-term Democratic incumbent Bob Etheridge in the 2010 midterm elections. In 2011, Republican state lawmakers redrew the district to be more favorable to GOP candidates.

In 2012, Aiken spoke out against Amendment One, North Carolina’s anti-gay marriage amendment that was eventually passed by voters 61%-39%.


White Anti-Gay Activist Pretends To Be Black To Win Houston Election

Dave Wilson

We last mentioned Dave Wilson back in 2010 when the homophobic electrician distributed anti-gay fliers to campaign against Houston mayor Annise Parker, an activity that the Houston Republican Party distanced themselves from. Wilson also ran for Harris County commissioner at the time, but did not win the election.

Wilson has now run for the Houston Community College Board of Trustees, and since blatant homophobia didn't work, Wilson tried a different tactic: deception. Specifically, by leading unfamiliar voters in predominantly black neighborhoods to believe that Wilson himself was a black man. Once again relying on fliers, Wilson filled them with random pictures of black people that he freely admits to just pulling off of the internet, adding the caption “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson.”

Also on the fliers was the endorsement, "Endorsed by Ron Wilson." While technically true, the Ron Wilson who endorsed Dave Wilson's campaign fliers is his cousin from Iowa, not the Ron Wilson who is a black former state representative.

Wilson won the election by a mere 26 votes, so it's highly probable that his fliers deceived just enough of the 35,000 voters who received them to make a difference. Wilson is now on the Board of Trustees and the man who justified his actions with “[e]very time a politician talks, he’s out there deceiving voters,” and claims that "[t]he openly gay lifestyle leads to extinction," now has the power to approve the educational program for Houston Community College. 

Gay 2012 Congressional Candidate Richard Tisei Exploring 2014 Bid

Richard Tisei, a former Republican congressional candidate and state senate minority leader in Massachusetts, has released a statement announcing an exploratory committee for a 2014 congressional bid. Tisei, who is openly gay and married his husband, Bernie Starr in July, lost the 2012 election for the state's 6th district by less than one percentage point.

RichardtiseiThe statement from Tisei reads:

“Like most Americans, I have been deeply disturbed by the dysfunction we are witnessing in Washington.   The critical challenges facing our country have not diminished since 2012.  Rather, they seem to be getting worse. The hyper-partisanship exhibited by both parties on a daily basis has created a stranglehold on our government and is preventing us from moving forward.”

“We are a great country, but we clearly have reached a point where we need new leadership and a fresh start.  We need more responsible Republicans and fewer divisive Democrats in Washington who are willing to stop the name calling, put party aside, and begin to seriously work together to do what is right for America.”

“The creation of this committee will allow me to more actively explore a potential campaign for the 6th Congressional Seat in the 2014 midterm elections.  I hope to be able to make a formal announcement regarding my plans later this Fall.”

Hudson, NY Mayor Accused of AIDS-Related Smear Against Gay, HIV-Positive Opponent

999826_491447327596446_525370571_nVictor Mendolia and current Mayor William Hallenbeck Jr. are fighting a tough campaign for the mayorship of Hudson, New York, a heavily Democratic city which nonetheless provided the Republcian Hallenbeck a victory during a 2011 campaign.  But according to a post on Mendolia's campaign website, the campaign seem to have taken an ugly turn: 

Bubbling just beneath the surface of this year's campaign for Mayor in Hudson has been Mayor Hallenbeck's surrogates raising questions about my health due to my HIV+ status and trashing me for accessing disability benefits for which I am legally and legitimately qualified. Up until now, I had no indication that the Mayor was actually driving this.

Mendolia goes on to share an excerpt of a letter he received from a worker at Providnce Hall, a center for senior and disabled care:

Just want to let you know that Hallenbeck has told a Schuyler Court resident that you have aids [sic]. The residents at Providence Hall told me he was here last night to speak and told them also that you have aids [sic] and that you are on disability. He also told them since he was a police officer years ago, that he got lots of information on you and that they would be shocked if they knew what you did. So he is spreading this crap. What a jerk he is.

Mendolia is both openly gay and openly HIV-positive.  And in his posting, the mayoral candidate proudly defends his HIV status: 

I do not see my health struggle as a disadvantage. To the contrary, I see it as something which enables me to see more clearly, the obstacles that others face. Hudson is an amalgamation of many things. We are a city facing new prosperity after a long decline. We are a city of rich and poor and of able bodied people along with the elderly, sick and differently abled. That is why I recently joined the board of the AIDS Council of Northeastern NY and why I have met with many of Hudson's service providers in many fields. To better understand what is working for Hudson's residents and what isn't. My experience and my search for solutions gives me insight into the struggles that many people face. Insight which, in my opinion, my opponent does not possess. 

In a statement regarding the incident, Mendolia said, "I am very disheartened to see the Mayor stoop so low. He has little record to stand on, refuses to come before the voters to discuss his agenda in a debate, and now this. It's sad that he would choose this path instead of standing on his record. But he has no plan for Hudson and he is desperate."

Atlanta May Get Its First Gay Black City Councilman

Jon jones web story

Jon Jones is seeking to make history is Atlanta, a city with a strong LGBT population of color, by becoming the first black gay man elected to the Atlanta City Council.  He's up against two other openly gay candidates--Matt Rinker, who's won the endorsement of the Log Cabin Republicans, and Christine Enterkin--in his campaign the for the District 5 seat on the Council, and as the GA Voice reports, Jones hopes to put more of the power in Atlanta in the hands of the people:

Jones said he wants to implement "direct democracy" into the Atlanta City Council — a way to allow residents to actually vote, through their computers or smart phones — on legislative issues.

"This is a way to allow technology to play a role in the decision making process," he said. "Under my plan of direct democracy, you choose for yourself. People log in anytime there is an initiative up for a vote and each person gets to vote," he said.

And what the majority decides is what Jones will vote for. This way, he said. it's not only one person representing thousands of people.

"Each person is getting an equal seat at the table," he said.

Jones also told the GA Voice that he would decline a raise that the city council members had given themselves and would instead redirect that money back to taxpayers.

Last December, the Atlanta City Council approved a resolution supporting marriage equality, although Mayor Kasim Reed declined to express his own support.

While Jones would be the first gay person of color on the council, he would not be its first out member. Alex Wan, who is running for reelection to the District 6 seat, and two past members, Cathy Woolard and Anne Fauver, are all gay.

What Does NAMBLA Have To Do With The NYC Comptroller Race?

Scott Stringer, a candidate for NYC Comptroller has landed himself in hot water after his prior legislative record regarding NAMBLA (the North American Man-Boy Love Association) has been publicized by opponent Eliot Spitzer. 

StringerIn 1996, then NY-state assembly member Stringer voted against removing the tax-exempt status of the NAMBLA front group 'Zymurgy'.

“He and 18 other progressive members of the state Legislature voted on constitutional grounds that the Legislature should not be freely and subjectively revoking the nonprofit status of groups, (believing) it would be a slippery slope that could lead to targeting of group based on their political views,” [said Audrey Gelman, a Stringer spokesperson].


The Spitzer campaign on Monday tried to turn the tables on Stringer, who has repeatedly bashed Spitzer for having to resign as governor because of a prostitution scandal.

“Scott Stringer has tried to make this race about judgment and the voters of New York will decide what this says about his,” Spitzer campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said.

Two recent polls have shown Spitzer and Stringer in a dead heat, while another has shown Spitzer with a double-digit lead.


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