Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mysterious homophobic flier pits democratic Ga. House candidates against one another

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Our friends at the GA Voice yesterday posted a copy of a flier that gay State Rep. Rashad Taylor says is being distributed in Southwest Atlanta, one that accuses Taylor — who was shoved out of the closet last year — of several indiscretions (mostly) related to his sexuality and, basically, of being an unfit leader. Check 'er out ...

  • Georgia Voice

Thanks to the mostly Republican legislature's redrawn House districts, Taylor has been pitted against fellow democrat Pat Gardner in the upcoming District 57 election. Gardner is straight, but has been supportive of LGBT issues over the years.

Taylor told the GA Voice that, basically, he doesn't think Gardner is responsible for the flier, but that "there are only two people in the race," which suggests that he actually does think Gardner just might be behind it: "There are only two people in this race. I don't think Pat Gardner is behind it and I believe if she knew about it she would condemn it. But there are people supporting her perhaps working under the table." Taylor arranged a press conference about the flier before attempting to contact Gardner. And, incidentally, she already had an unrelated press conference scheduled today.

Gardner told the publication today the allegation that she's behind the flier "makes her want to cry." She also addressed an obvious-if-depressing possibility that Taylor released the flier to stir up controversy, saying, "I don't believe the flyer came from Rashad's camp. He has been a colleague and friend."

I don't want to point any fingers (that's a lie), but I blame the republicans.

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