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Donors to Clay Aiken's Campaign Feel 'Duped' By Surprise Docu-Series: VIDEO

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An Esquire documentary on Clay Aiken's bid for a North Carolina congressional seat, announced shortly after Aiken conceded the race to incumbent Renee Ellmers on Tuesday, reportedly caught some Los Angeles donors off-guard who are now asking to be removed from any footage used in the series.

FrontiersLA reports that actor/producer Steve Tyler, who helped organize one of the big Aiken fundraisers in LA, says he's received angry calls about the announced documentary from friends who attended the fundraiser. 

In an email sent to Aiken, Tyler wrote in part:

Again, I am sorry for the loss on your bid for Congress, but apparently you had yourself covered with a reality TV show deal the entire time, just in case you didn't win.  I cannot speak for the NC Voters or contributors, but I can speak for myself and many of your Los Angeles supporters when I say we feel duped, taken advantage of and lied to.  When we were asked to sign waivers by your film crew, we were told it was for a BBC documentary that would not air here in the United States.  
I have received calls from many supporters at the LA fundraiser all demanding that the LA event not be included in your TV show, as the crew misrepresented use of the filming.  It is obvious you had this TV deal prior to the votes being tabulated as GOOD MORNING AMERICA announced the deal just hours after votes were barely in. 

The Hollywood Reporter adds:

The four-hour untitled docuseries, from Academy Award winner Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire) and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn (American High), will premiere in the first quarter of 2015. The Lightbox duo have been filming from inside Aiken's campaign since his February candidacy announcement, through the May primary and Tuesday's final results.

Aiken, a gay Democrat and single dad, ran against incumbent Congresswoman Renee Ellmers in the predominantly Republican North Carolina 2nd District. Via strategy meetings, debate prep, town halls, bus tours and door-to-door canvassing, the docuseries  will provide an intimate look at the hope of victory and, ultimately, the disappointment of defeat.

"We were granted incredible access during the making of this documentary, and in turn were able to capture the internal workings of an American campaign — the good, the bad and the ugly," Simon Chinn said. Added Jonathan Chinn: "We’re thrilled to be partnering with Esquire Network, who are tackling topics that are not only popular and entertaining but also smart and thoughtful."

Watch a MSNBC segment on the documentary, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Canadian Mayoral Race Marred By Homophobic Campaign Tactics


The local politics of Burnaby, B.C.’s mayoral race have taken a turn for the homophobic in light of rumors that the Barnaby First Coalition is attempting to convince voters that their competition, The Burnaby Citizens’ Association, is using a serum to turn children gay. Supporters of the BCA allegedly caught wind of the allegations against them while going door to door throughout Burnaby’s Chinese-speaking neighborhoods.

"What I am concentrating on as a candidate from an immigrant community--I feel like it is an attack on the minority community,” said Karen Chen, a BCA member running for a local school board position. “They are taking advantage of that. Taking advantage of our language barrier and cultural differences.”

In an interview with Yahoo News Canada, Chen explained that she first heard about the supposed conversion serum from a waitress at a local restaurant who claimed to have been contacted by a BFC campaigner with a warning. Though the rumor was initially brushed off by BCA supporters, some are reporting that it’s begun to be taken seriously by some of Burnaby’s immigrant constituents.

“I had an encounter with one family, and I heard that others had some information come their way as well,” said school trustee Harman Pandher. “It’s pretty outrageous, in this day and age, these types of things are being believed.”

Current mayor Derek Corrigan [above right] is a member of the BCA and political frontman for the party’s candidates for various positions. In the past the BFC, fronted by mayoral candidate Darren Hancott [above left], has supported conservative, “pro-family” positions and opposed legislation designed to protect LGBT children in schools.

in 2011 the BFC opposed the Burnaby School District’s policy 5.45 that laid out action plans for schools to use to prevent the bullying of queer students. Recently a Chinese-language website and flyers targeting calling policy 5.45  an example of the government’s pro-gay agenda have begun to spring up. The fliers, interestingly, urge voters to support members of the Burnaby First Coalition.

Out Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan Loses Oakland Mayoral Race

Oakland Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan has lost her bid to become the city's mayor, The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

KaplanOakland native and one-term Councilwoman Libby Schaaf cruised to a decisive victory Wednesday in a ranked-choice race that saw her take the lead and keep it through 14 elimination rounds.

In the end, the last three candidates standing were Schaaf, Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan — who had been favored to win in polls — and incumbent Jean Quan. But it was never close. When Quan was eliminated, her redistributed votes were almost evenly split, boosting Schaaf to victory from 49 percent of the vote to 63 percent. Kaplan lost with 37 percent of the vote. [...]

Kaplan said in a statement that “Mayor-elect Schaaf and I share a deep and profound commitment to making Oakland stronger, safer and more prosperous. We’ll together represent the entire city, and I’m excited to partner with her on a wide variety of ways to improve the city that she and I both love.”

Kaplan also ran in the city's 2010 mayor race, where she came in third. 

Nevada GOP Candidate Lauren Scott Fails in Her Bid to Become First Transgender State Lawmaker in U.S.

Lauren scottLauren Scott, a transgender woman and veteran of the Persian Gulf War, has failed in her efforts to become Nevada's (and the nation's) first openly transgender state lawmaker. 

The AP reports:

Democratic Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle defeated Lauren Scott by a 54 percent to 46 percent margin to win re-election Tuesday.

Sprinkle received nearly 900 more votes out of a total of some 11,500 votes in a blue-collar district in Sparks where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 13 percent.

Scott won the June primary with the help of an endorsement from Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, who appointed her to the Nevada Equal Rights Commission in 2012.

Jon Stewart Takes a Look at the 'Tectonic Skullf**k' Midterm Elections: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart puts his comedic spin on the GOP's landslide victories in Tuesday's elections. Dick doodle gifs included. 


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Anti-gay Former Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt Wins Race for Colorado House Seat


Former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt will be taking his special brand of anti-gay nuttery to the Colorado State Capitol starting next year - having been elected to the state house in Tuesday's election. 

Klingenschmitt trounced his Democratic opponent, Louis Fornander, by nearly 40 percent in the race for district 15's seat. 

In response to Klingenschmitt's victory, Right Wing Watch has compiled a list of some of his more radical views. 

You can also check out the headlines for the past four Klingenschmitt-related stories we've posted here on Towleroad to highlight how scary nuts this guy is:

Gordon Klingenschmitt: Gay People 'Want You To Disobey God So You Go to Hell With Them"

Gordon Klingenschmitt Warns Same-Sex Marriage Allows Gays to 'Recruit Your Kids'

Gordon Klingenschmitt Warns Christians Are Being Forced to "Worship Sodomy"

Gordon Klingenschmitt Says Rep. Jared Polis Wants to Behead Christians, Nominates Him in Ice Bucket Challenge

And while it's possible voters were unaware of Klingenschmitt's more incendiary anti-gay rhetoric, the scarier alternative is that perhaps voters were aware of all this insanity and honestly believe he's the best candidate to represent the district's 'values' in Denver...


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