Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Lexington didn't elect a gay mayor; it elected a mayor

I was quoted in the Lexington Herald-Leader Sunday on the fact that Jim Gray, the newly elected major of Lexington, Kentucky, is gay. The quotations were entirely fair, but one thing that didn't make it in from the interview was, "Lexington didn't elect a gay mayor; they elected a mayor." Gay issues played absolutely no role in the election. People voted on economic issues. Period.

As I mentioned in the article, if Gray had invoked gay issues in the campaign it could very well have been a different outcome. I told the reporter that, in regard to gay issues, you can conclude exactly nothing from the mayoral election, since the issue never came up.

You can read the article here.

1 comment:

Susan Perkins Weston said...

Congratulations to the voters of Lexington for making their choice based on comparing the available candidates based on attributes relevant to doing the job. It's an excellent strategy for making that kind of decision, worth considering in many other situations.