In response to District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis' announcement that she's running for mayor of San Diego, the president of a local gay Democratic organization issued a statement rejecting the Republican lesbian's candidacy, claiming she chose her GOP allies over the LGBT community.
Here's what San Diego Democratic Club President Doug Case had to say (emphasis added) :
“In last year's General Election Dumanis endorsed and supported gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and attorney general candidate Steve Cooley. Both candidates supported by Dumanis vowed to defend Prop 8, which bars gay men and women from marriage, a right guaranteed to all other citizens of the United States.”
Case continued, “Although I consider Bonnie a friend and believe she has been an effective judge and District Attorney, there are significant policy issues where progressives disagree with her. Her loyalty appears to rest more with the Republican Party than the LGBT community as witnessed by some of her endorsements.”
Now, we weren't expecting Democrats to endorse Republicans, not even within the gay community, but essentially calling her a sellout (nevermind that Dumanis campaigned for Democratic judges over religious-right judges backed by the same people behind Prop 8)? Ouch.
We wonder if Dumanis will consider Case a friend after that slam...
UPDATE 03/16/2011: Actually, she considers Case to be inaccurate. We just got this "Correction" from the San Diego Democratic Club:
The San Diego Democratic Club issued a press release last week criticizing Mayoral Candidate Bonnie Dumanis’ endorsements of candidates in the 2010 general election who pledged to defend Prop 8. We specifically mentioned endorsements of Meg Whitman for Governor and Steve Cooley for Attorney General.
Following the issuance of the press release, we found that our information was in error. Ms. Dumanis worked closely with both Mr. Cooley and Kamala Harris in the state District Attorneys Association and decided to remain neutral in the race. We regret our error and apologize for our misstatement of facts.
Doug Case, President of San Diego Democratic Club went on to say however, “this doesn't change the fact that given the choice of Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, pledged to defend Prop 8, which bars gay men and lesbians from marriage, and Jerry Brown, a candidate pledged to stand with LGBT people against Prop 8, Dumanis stuck with her Party, not the LGBT community.”