No one really cares much about Houston school-board elections, unfortunately, so incumbent Manuel Rodriguez Jr. was expected to win re-election because he wasn't indicted or anything.
The Houston Chronicle endorsed him for re-election.
But apparently he was nervous about his chances, or he just really, really hates gays.
A flyer sent out in the last week of the campaign has done little but alert Democrats that Rodriguez is, apparently, more right-wing bigot than non-right-wing bigot.
Under reasons to "vote no for my opponent," Rodriguez listed:
Program manager of minority male initiative at [Houston Community College.] His records show he spent years advocating for gay, bisexual lesbian, transgender rights....not kids.
The flyer also noticed the damning fact that he had been endorsed by Houston's GLBT Caucus -- and then it got subtle.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to the mission of the Houston Press. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Houston’s stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
"54 years with no children," it said. "Male partner."
Oy, not to mention vey.
The Chron too kthe unusual step of retracting its endorsement:
With his hateful flier, Rodriguez perpetuates the kind of stereotypes that put our kids in danger. And he implies that all right-thinking people agree with him - an insult to his constituents, and precisely the kind of blithe, old-school homophobia that makes school hallways so treacherous.