Smear Campaign

Homophobic Fliers Target Ex-Aide Who Helped Save Gabby Giffords’ Life

In a smear campaign reminiscent of the 1960s, Tuscon School Board member Daniel Hernandez is being targeted with homophobic fliers in an effort to recall him from office. That’s bad enough. It’s worse when you consider that, as an aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Hernandez was one of the people credited with helping to save her life when she was shot in 2011, and that the fliers charge that Hernandez is not “a real man.”

The ostensible cause of the attacks is a bitter fight that has broken out among school board members about their support for the local school superintendent, who Hernandez and another board member have criticized for unethical behavior. A majority of the board voted to extend the superintendent’s contract anyway, which led to a recall effort against two of them. In turn, the two targeted board members have started a recall against Hernandez and the other board member allied with him. (This proves once again that school board politics are just high school food fights elevated to a new level.)

The fliers circulated against Hernandez show him at a gay rights event and proclaim that he “is LGBT,” which presumes a level of understanding surpassing the IQ of anyone who might be moved by the smear. A separate flier complains that “Daniel Hernandez cares about only one one things [sic] taking your guns away.”

No one has owned up to producing the fliers. The head of the recall effort, Marcus Castro, who is the brother-in-law of one of the pro-superintendent board members facing recall, told Right Wing Watch he had “no knowledge” of where the posters came from.

A disturbed mind might be a good place to start looking.

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  • 2eo

    Do you believe that guns cut crime?, do you believe that white people are genetically better?, do you believe that jeezus was literally the founder of ‘MURICAN values and MURICA itself?

    Vote for the right wing lunatics, they do such a good job every time they’re in power… don’t they……. at least they’re not black like SADDAM HUSSEIN OBAMAOSTALINHITLER.

  • yaoming

    Wow – L., G., B., AND T. How does s/he do it?

  • Cam

    Right wingers have so far

    Attacked police and firefighters for being responsible for the budget crisis because apparently them wanting to get paid is “Greedy”

    They blocked medical aid to the 911 first responders for 10 years until the Daily show did an expose on it.

    Pretend to love the military and support the troops but boo and attack gay military vets if they speak up.

    Attack this guy who is a hero because heroism doesn’t mean anything to them, they hate everybody who is not in their group. They only pretend to like heroes when it suits their campaigns.

  • JayHobeSound

    Daniel Hernanded propped Rep. Giffords upright in his lap while applying pressure to the bullet hole in her head.

    Actions speak louder than words.

    Daniel Hernandez could give lessons to the cowards in Tucson on how to be a “Real Man.”

  • Kangol

    This young man is a hero. None of the cowards attacking him can hold his jock or anything else about him.

    I hope he wins in a landslide.

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