If One Gay Organization Claims that a Trans Political Candidate Isn’t Viable and that Purported Lack of Viability is Even in Part Because Another Gay Organization is Going Out of its Way to Make the Candidate Not Viable, is the Tree That’s Falling in the Woods Being Purposely Aimed at the Trans Candidate’s Neck?

One of the people in the photo below is the author of this ENDABlog posting.

One of the people in the photo below is currently Mayor of the City of Houston, Texas.

One of the people in the photo below was, at the time the photo was taken in the Spring of 1998, early in her first term as a member of Houston City Council.

One of the people in the photo below is currently running for a seat on Houston City Council.

One of the four statements preceding the photo applies to the tall gal in the pink sweater standing on the back row between Vanessa Edwards Foster and Sarah DePalma.

Two of those statements apply to one individual who is sitting on the couch.

The fourth statement applies to a woman sitting next to  the person to whom those two aforementioned statements apply.

With all of that in mind, we turn to TransGriot:

Jenifer Rene Pool [is running] for the Houston City Council’s Position 2 At-Large seat now held by out lesbian and currently term limited councilwoman Sue Lovell.

Jenifer, like Sue was president of the Houston GLBT political caucus.   Lovell served in that office from 1984-85 and Jenifer served in that position from 2007-08.   You would think that as a former GLBT caucus president Lovell would want someone like Jenifer to succeed her, would help a transsister out and wish to have someone that served on the Caucus to continue representing the Houston rainbow community’s political interests on Houston City Council.

However…

Rumors are flying in the Houston rainbow community that after Jenifer made her announcement to run for the Position 2 seat, several prominent gay Houstonians were contacted including current GLBT caucus president Noel Freeman about jumping into the Position 2 At-Large race. Freeman ran in 2009 for the Position 4 At-Large council seat that is currently held by councilmember and former HPD chief Clarence Bradford.

The person that did emerge to the community’s surprise was little known and recently out in the community Bolivar ‘Bo’ Fraga

Ahh…

Because the Elizabeth Toledo – Cheryl Jacques model of leadership always works out soooooooooooooooooooooo well for all concerned, eh?

Oh, and to add to the seeming sleaze of an out-for-political-convenience non-trans gay person trying to step on the career of a trans woman, Fraga is also a George W. Bush – Ben Quayle-style insult to real people: He’s attempting to parlay inherited political wealth into political power (Fraga is the son of a former councilmember.)

He filed to run in the Position 2 race against Pool and was promptly endorsed by Lovell.

Gay political incest perhaps?

There is the additional things that make you go hmm community buzz that  alleges Victory Fund board members were contacted and told that Pool is not a viable candidate in the council race despite the fact that she has as of this writing the endorsements of the Stonewall Democrats, the Stonewall Young Dems and the Houston GLBT Caucus for the Position 2 At Large Seat.

[E]xplain to me how somebody who has raised more money than Fraga is ‘not a viable candidate’?

I have a better question: Where was Fraga at the time the above photo was taken?  I’m guessing that 1998 isn’t as recent as “recently out” would seem to imply.

From the Houston Press:

An anonymous, widely distributed e-mail criticizing Houston City Councilwoman Jolanda Jones appears to have come from the campaign of council candidate Bolivar Fraga.

Fraga and Jones represent different districts; however, Fraga was just endorsed by exiting At Large 2 Councilwoman Sue Lovell, who has criticized Jones in past campaigns.

The e-mail also contained an embedded image of a newspaper column Jones wrote for African-American News and Issues.

Sensing something strange, one recipient checked the image’s sourcing information and compared it to an official e-mail sent by Fraga’s campaign. Both images appear to have been sent from the same folder, via a marketing software program called Stream Send.

Fraga told us last week he wasn’t aware of the e-mail and that he’d check into it and get back to us. He never did. But he eventually put us in touch with his campaign manager, Fidencio Leija, who told us that the campaign does not even use Stream Send. Leija said the e-mail must have come from a third party that was using its own client list and software to forward the content.

We asked Leija on Friday to send us an “official” press release in order to show us that the campaign uses different software, and we’re still waiting. Meanwhile, we checked an August 3 press release that appears to have come directly from Fraga’s campaign (it identifies “Bolivar.Fraga@ivotefraga.com” as the sender) and the embedded image is saved in a Stream Send folder.

[I]t appears a candidate for public office created a fake e-mail account in order to criticize an incumbent (from a different district, mind you) without the criticism being traced back to him. And then when asked about it, the candidate and his campaign manager followed a general denial with an affirmative defense — without backing up their claims

Gay political incest?

Or a political sockpuppet?

Or both?

Take your pick.

4 Responses to If One Gay Organization Claims that a Trans Political Candidate Isn’t Viable and that Purported Lack of Viability is Even in Part Because Another Gay Organization is Going Out of its Way to Make the Candidate Not Viable, is the Tree That’s Falling in the Woods Being Purposely Aimed at the Trans Candidate’s Neck?

  1. It does seem less and less like we have a coalition… though, consider the source: Product-of-the-second-wave cis lesbian being transmisogynistic? What are the chances?!*

    *Less than 100%, since some great women are still out there, but more than average.

  2. Kat,
    Have you ever known Houston politics to be fun, open, and above-board? No. It has, like many other places, been smoke filled, alcohol induced, and back-room / greasy-spoon induced.
    Watch you back and be prepared for the blind side attack!
    At your “six” with a smile!
    ……Alyson

  3. and glad you are Alyson. definitely gotta do lunch next time I’m in DC.

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