Houston's Lesbian Parker Top Vote-Getter
We gays suffered another in an endless string of ballot prop losses tonight. The defeat in Maine, which from my San Francisco perch, sure looks like a reply with same idiots on both sides running the same show I saw with Prop 8. For our side, the same Gay Inc orgs were the national partners to Maine's effort. Here's the list of honored speakers at Tuesday night's No on 1 program:
Rea Carey, Executive Director, NLGTFThanks for another failure guys. We really couldn't continue to suffer at the ballot box without you. And to think many of the same ilk are preparing, with Equality California's leadership, to spend $15 million on educational campaigns targeting people of color communities. I have no doubt these loser will squander that money.
Joe Solmonese, President, Human Rights Campaign
Robin Brand, Senior Consultant, Gill Action
The immediate lesson I saw from tonight, other than the boring old one of Gay Inc really knows how to lose these things, was that if you want to be a top vote-getter, avoid lots of public backing from or be seen as the darling of the HRC/NGLTF/GLAAD/Gill Action/DNC axis.
In Maine the AP is calling the gay marriage proposition a loss. But down in Houston, Texas, the openly lesbian mayoral candidate, Annise Parker, who I really never heard of until very recently, was the top vote-getter tonight in a race still to be settled in a run-off. Check out these numbers from the Houston Chronicle:
Houston Mayor In: 84%Obviously, Parker is doing something very right, and in Texas, of all places, and coming out on top, without any overt push from Gay Inc that I am aware of. To win the run-off, it's best to continue to keep our national orgs far, far away. Good luck, Annise. The eyes of a weakened gay political community are upon you, hungry for out and proud advancement.
Annise Parker 30.5%
Gene Locke 25.9%
Peter Brown 22.9%
Roy Morales 19.8%