Why Did The Log Cabin Republicans Endorse A Straight Guy Over San Diego’s Two Gay Mayoral Candidates?

San Diego has two openly gay Republican candidates to choose in the upcoming mayoral election. So why did the gay Log Cabin Republicans, choose the third heterosexual candidate?

The guy running against openly gay city councilmember Carl DeMaio and lesbian district attorney Bonnie Dumanis is hetero assemblymember Nathan Fletcher—a breeder.

According to LCR president Victoria Kerley, Fletcher publicly called for the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and has supported pro-LGBT legislation such as the anti-bullying bill known as Seth’s Law and an adoption reform that helps LGBTs start their families with greater legal protections. He also supports a legal right to same-sex marriage.

The LCRs also give Fletcher bonus points for his support of small business growth and opposition against “outrageous” state spending—two things that Republicans go all soft and starry-eyed for. And as huge budget shortfalls threaten to shut down San Diego’s basic utilities, LGBT issues won’t likely play big into the city elections.

So perhaps choosing a gay candidate is besides the point—the LCRs have simply chosen who they think will serve as the best person for the job, even though he prefers chicks over pricks.

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  • shle896

    Log Cabin “Republicans” are a total joke. They may as well be straight and narrow-minded like the rest of the GOP for all the good they do. What a bunch of “Uncle Tom” freaks they are!

  • Cam

    This article seems to be a fluff piece for the Log Cabins. I’m curious, why didn’t you add in the part where they endorsed the OPPONENT of the Iraq War Vet in Congress who INTRODUCED the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal? They endorsed a guy with a shaky record on gay issues over him.

    So I figured I’d put both sides of their endorsements out there.

  • doug105

    Best thing about Log Cabin is their not Goproud. And not all breeders are bad,if you’re very lucky you may have had two of the better ones for parents.

  • GOD (gay old dude)

    So what’s the problem with supporting the candidate whom you believe will do a better job? Does the gay community believe we should all be voting with our dicks and not our brains? I always thought our issue was to NOT make sexuality an issue in public life, since it’s no one’s business.

  • Cam

    @GOD (gay old dude): said…

    “So what’s the problem with supporting the candidate whom you believe will do a better job? Does the gay community believe we should all be voting with our dicks and not our brains?”

    And once again the troll is back taking the anti-gay post.

    In case you missed my post. This is the same group that endorsed somebody without pro-gay leanings OVER the Iraq war vet who introduced the DADT repeal in Congress.

    So curious, did they use their brains on that one? Seriously, you need to come up with a new screename, this one has been exposed.

  • Eric

    As a gay man in San Diego, I applaud the LCR for endorsing Fletcher over DeMaio or Dummanis. DeMaio and Dummanis in my opinion don’t use their roles in the party to help gain equality for the LGBT. I would never vote for either as well because they chose to fix the city’s problems on the backs of the working class. Most people believe anyway Dummanis is running a losing campaign anyway so it would have been a waste of an endorsement. I can’t decided whether I’d vote for Fletcher or Filner, but Filner needs to work on his presentation he comes across very arrogant

  • Little Kiwi

    duh. because gay conservatives live each day trying to impress their fellow conservatives that “being gay is just a small part of them” and it “doesnt’ define them” and they’re “not all about being gay” and they’re “not like those other stereotypical gays” and they’ll always, always, always suck up to a Straight before they stand in solidarity with “Family” – this is why wimp groups like GOProud denigrate Fred Karger while sucking up to Rick Santorum and Michelle Bachmann.

    pity them. they’ll waste their entire lives living in fear, looking over their shoulder worrying about what The Straights are thinking. You show me a Gay Republican and I’ll show you a wimp who never grew the balls to stand up to his right-wing family.

  • The One Who Knows

    Anybody who knows San Diego’s candidates knows that Nathan Fletcher has done more to support our community than Carl or Bonnie. It’s almost worse to be gay, in elected office, and then do nothing to support the community or our place in politics/the party. Nathan’s straight – but he chose make the right decision and to stand up for us even though he didn’t have to. That’s leadership, and it seems to be why Log Cabin endorsed him. I have no problem with that reasoning whatsoever.

  • Tom in Lazybrook

    As a former San Diegan, I can assure you that Carl DeMaio has burned many bridges in the community. And its not a Conservative or Liberal thing. Its a Carl DeMaio thing.

    Bonnie, well I like her, but she really hasn’t been out there much on community issues. Perhaps thats just part of being a County DA.

  • shle896

    @Cam: How the hell does opposing gay rights add up to doing a “better job”? Sorry, but anybody who discriminates against a minority (of which I am a part of) is incapable of doing a “better job”.

    Their attitudes speak volumes about how they would govern. And those attitudes tell me that they are uneducated, ignorant, simpletons – all of which makes them incapable of governing.

  • Chad

    Queerty is total heterophobic using terms like breeder to describe someone who is heterosexual. Such hypocrites.

  • shle896

    @Chad: Dude, it’s a figure of speech and if you had any sense of humor, you’d realize that.

    I think it’s safe to say that we on this site are not “heterophobic”, as probably 99% of us are a direct result of our heterosexual parents’ “breeding” and we all love the heterosexuals in our lives, which include our parents, friends, co-workers and family.

  • Cam


    I think you misread my post.

  • MattGMD

    LCRs obviously want bonus points for kissing the boots of the oppressor. Their reasons for joining are specious. Lower taxes, fiscal responsibility and that they don’t base their whole identity on just their sexual orientation. People choose party allegiance based on social issues. That’s why the repubs always dredge up the gays, abortion, guns and religion as an election approaches because those issues are social and what people most readily respond to.

  • Riker

    So…gay Republicans chose a pro-gay Republican over a pro-gay Democrat? I’m not seeing the problem here.

  • Chad

    shle896-So when I’ve been called a faggot then it was just a “figure of speech” or a joke eh?

    Calling a heterosexual person a breeder is just as bad as calling a non-hetero person a faggot.

  • Cam

    @Chad: said….

    “shle896-So when I’ve been called a faggot then it was just a “figure of speech” or a joke eh?
    Calling a heterosexual person a breeder is just as bad as calling a non-hetero person a faggot.”

    Actually no, it’s considered worse when the insult has a history of being used against a group in oppressing them. Find me the footage of the heterosexuals denied jobs or beaten while people laugh and call them “Breeders”a

  • shle896

    Let’s just call you, Uncle Tom.

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