Turds & Blossoms: The Zapf flapf, continued
In the weeks since CityBeat broke the story of bigoted emails District 6 City Council Lorie Zapf sent to reassure anti-gay activist James Hartline that she was a good Christian, the reactions from community leaders have been a little bit disheartening.
As the San Diego Union-Tribune reported, Mayor Jerry Sanders was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt since he, himself, tearfully switched positions on gay marriage. Gay Republican City Councilmember Carl DeMaio also tweeted that he too would accept the apology Zapf personally offered. Zapf has continued to rack up endorsements from the business community, including, as our Turds & Blossoms feed reported, Charles Wax, CEO of Waxie Sanity Supply and a prominent member of San Diego’s Jewish community, which otherwise has been relatively supportive of gay rights.
Perhaps the most surprising sentiment came this week from GLT News Now columnist Nicole Murray-Ramirez. From Murray-Ramirez’s brief Let’s give City Council District 6 candidate Lorie Zapf a break:
While yes, I am disturbed by Ms Zapf’s past remarks, I believe she has, indeed, changed her mind. She got to know and support both Councilmember Carl DeMaio and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. We all know that friends and family members can and do change their minds when it comes to their views on homosexuality. Zapf has apologized for her past statements and we should accept her appology and move on.
Um…As CityBeat pointed out in an editorial, Zapf did not “change her mind.” Instead, she claimed that she never meant what she said (her remarks included statements that gays shouldn’t be allowed to serve in public office and that her own gay kin were unhappily living in sin). That’s markedly different than reversing a position. She seemed to be pandering, willing to spew hatred in order to win support and it’s really, really difficult to argue that someone who doesn’t say what she means is ever to be trusted. (If she’d been talking about blacks or Latinos, would she be let so easily off the hook?)
But Murray-Ramirez, perhaps unknowingly, also broke some news.
I am very disappointed in Councilmember Todd Gloria sending out a special email and using it to put Zapf in a bad light while promoting his prefered candidate, whom I also support.
We didn’t know about this email, so we snagged a copy. For those not on Zapf’s opponent Howard Wayne’s mailing list, here’s the text of the letter:
Recently both San Diego CityBeat and the San Diego Union-Tribune contained disturbing information about one of the candidates in San Diego’s 6th City Council race. Candidate Lorie Zapf made several discriminatory and disturbing comments in an email to anti-gay activist James Hartline. In that email, Zapf said the following, and I quote from news sources:
“I absolutely want to keep homosexuals out of public office and not be allowed to influence our schools, textbooks, altering marriage, children and on and on.”
“I do believe homosexuality is a sin.”
“I have three homosexual first cousins. I love them all and would ‘be seen’ in a photo with them. I believe they all live in sin and frankly all are very unhappy people and had horrible childhoods as well.”
Zapf offered an apology but still talked about “a little sentence, plucked out, taken out of context.”
While we can debate the sincerity of Zapf’s original words as well as her apology, I think we can all agree that we have a better alternative for the San Diego City Council in the 6th District: Howard Wayne.
In contrast to Lorie Zapf, Howard Wayne is a proven legislator with a history of working with all of the people he represents. I can say without hesitation that Howard supports our community. I also believe he has the skills and experience to best serve the 6th City Council District.
I have no doubt Lorie Zapf’s campaign will be well-funded and she will find the dollars to make this a competitive race. You can help Howard today by donating to his campaign. These are tough times and I know it may not be easy to give right now. However, the next reporting period ends in just two days. We need to fight for Howard right now.
Please go to Howard’s web site at http://www.howardwayneforcouncil.com and make your contribution today or mail your contribution to PO Box 82181, San Diego, CA 92138. Thank you for any amount you can give.
I hope you will join me in supporting Howard. I look forward to helping him become my colleague on the San Diego City Council.
We’ll counteract Murray-Ramirez’s column with a blossom to Wayne, via Gloria, for standing firm on this issue.