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Opponent Attacks Openly Gay Tampa Commissioner With Coded “San Franisco” References

Thankfully the political dialogue in most parts of this country has reached the point where, unlike major-league hockey, you can’t just refer to your opponent as a fucking faggot.

So right-wing candidates looking to sling mud at out politicians have to get creative. One such slimeball, Margaret Iuculano, is running for Hillsborough County Commissioner against openly gay incumbent Kevin Beckner (at right).

In a lengthy letter Iuculano sent to voters, she doesn’t directly attack Beckner for being a communist fudgepacker. That would blow up in her face.

No, she uses that tried-and-true codeword for homos—”San Francisco.”

Check out some passages from her four-page mailer, dated August 24:

As conservatives you and I understand that radical left wing politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Kevin Beckner want to replace our capitalist, democratic republic with a European-style socialist welfare state. In fact, under Barack  Obama, they’ve already had some success in achieving that goal.

…Local government has become the lynchpin of the radical liberal agenda. That’s why Im running for Hillsborough County Commissioner in District 6 to defeat Kevin Beckner and his ultra-liberal San Francisco style agenda

Left-wing radicals like Nancy Pelosi and Keving Beckner have adopted the San Francisco Model [emphasis theirs]… a plan to turn American cities and counties—including Hillsborough County—into bastions of liberalism.

Simply put the San Francisco Model espouses taking control of local governments who carving out new legal protections for illegal immigrants and “alternative lifestyles”—even banning foods because city officials decide they are “unhealthy.”

Inevitably the San Francisco Model leads to bigger and more intrusive government, more lawsuits against small businesses, higher taxes and fewer jobs.

Under the San Francisco Model they have the right to BAN EVERYTHING!

In San Francisco they’ve banned plastic shopping bags

They’ve banned sugary soft drinks and bottled water from city property

…children’s toys in so-called non-nutritious fast food kids’ meal (who determines what’s nutritious versus “non-nutritious”?)… they’ve banned the declawing of cats, tobacco sales in pharmacies and smoking in open-air restaurants…

Sorry, our geography isn’t so good—is Tampa IN [email protected] SAN FRANCISCO?!?

No, we didn’t think so.

Not surprisingly, there’s little in Iuculano’s letter addressing Beckner’s specific policies or providing concrete examples of how her ideas are superior. Just fear-mongering about the absolute hell that is the City by the Bay.

Guess that’s why its one of the most densely populated and highly desirable places to live in the country?

Of course we hope she gets laughed out of town. But if Iuculano is elected, there’s one silver lining.

Instead of using unpleasant terms like “bigot,” “white trash” or “homophobe,” we can simply refer to the Tampa Model.

On:           Oct 10, 2011
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    • ChrisC

      Doesn’t Tampa have a very high LGBT population? I doubt she will get in.

      Oct 10, 2011 at 11:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Karen Kalpin

      uh in Canada most of those “radical” ideas are already in place……….. we LIKE it and we are nowhere near SF……………?
      This politician sounds like a walking nightmare, sadly homophobia is so rampant in the States from what I read, she may have a creepy “following” I sure hope not!

      Oct 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Emma(mtf)

      “Who decides what is nutritious vs. “non-nutritious?”

      ….are you fucking kidding me?
      ….are you fucking kidding me?
      ….are you fucking kidding me?
      ….are you fucking kidding me?
      ….are you fucking kidding me?

      Oct 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jakey

      @Emma(mtf): That brought me up short too. I eagerly await her campaign against regulations on spoiled and contaminated food. Clearly we don’t need some egghead deciding arbitrarily that botulism and mercury are “non-nutritious” or something. FREEDOM

      Oct 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Support Beckner

      Visit http://www.kevinbeckner.com to help his campaign and to help him retain his place as an elected official!

      Oct 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Riker

      As far as the cat declawing, every city should ban that. It is a cruel and medically unnecessary surgery which is essentially like somebody amputating the first joints of all ten human fingers. It severely damages the cat and leads to balance problems, increased aggression/biting, back pain, and arthritis in the paws

      Oct 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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