‘Anti-Gay’ Politico Pulls Application

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Homophobic incidents have a way of biting back. Just ask Buffalo-based politico Andres Garcia, who hoped to head the city’s Buffalo Commission on Citizens’ Rights.

Garcia’s dreams were shattered, however, when a local paper uncovered Garcia’s alleged anti-gay past:

Garcia won the panel’s unanimous backing for the post, and Brown endorsed the hiring. But when The Buffalo News disclosed that Garcia was named in a 2006 complaint that accused him of repeatedly taunting a gay co-worker, other accusers stepped forward.

The complaint was filed against Kaleida Health Systems, where Garcia worked as a vice president. It accused Garcia of creating a “hostile work environment” by subjecting a gay employee to “constant” negative comments that included slurs and jokes.

The matter was settled privately, and Garcia ended his 16-year career at Kaleida eight months after the complaint was filed. Mattina insisted Garcia retired to take care of his ill mother.

In recent weeks, other accusers claimed Garcia denigrated gays, females and minorities on numerous occasions. The Pride Center and Stonewall Democrats of Western New York implored the commission to rescind Garcia’s appointment.

Garcia rescinded his application following the public shaming, but denied claims that he’s a hater.