August 07, 2008
HGLBT Political Caucus makes its endorsements

Alan Bernstein reports from last night's meeting of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, where the process to endorse candidates for the November election was spiced by the presence and participation of a couple of Republican judicial candidates, which is something we haven't seen in awhile.

Pledging fairness and accountability, Republican civil court judges Sharolyn Wood and Mark Davidson visited the Houston Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Political Caucus tonight and gave speeches asking for the group's endorsement in the Nov. 4 elections. But the organization endorsed their Democratic challengers instead, along with an all-Democrat roster of candidates for other federal, state and local offices.

The two civil court judges' application for the endorsement in the last few weeks, and their personal appearances tonight, comprised the first time since the mid-1990s that any Republican contender sought gay caucus backing. The state GOP, along with key individuals and groups who make endorsements in the Republican primaries here, has denounced homosexuality.


The caucus' candidate screening committee rated Wood higher than her opponent, R.K. Sandill. But the fewer-than-100 caucus members who viewed that tacit recommendation voted behind closed doors for Sandill and Davidson's opponent, Mike Miller. The two challengers spoke to the group tonight also, in the public part of the meeting.

An hour so earlier, Davidson told the group he did not expect to be endorsed, but "to refuse to come here would be to give in to hate and prejudice." He urged the caucus to endorse with no regard to party labels because "partisanship must stop at the courthouse door."

"I seek the support of all citizens of Harris County," said Wood. "We treat all persons in our court with fairness and dignity."

Given Judge Wood's past behavior after receiving a Caucus endorsement, it's understandable that the membership was wary about giving it to her again. Nonetheless, as I said before, it's commendable and a positive sign that she and Judge Davidson sought the endorsement. May this be the start of a trend. The list of endorsed candidates, which needed to be updated at the time I posted this, is here.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 07, 2008 to Election 2008

"May this be the start of a trend."

I would think you would hope that this isn't part of a trend, its better for your party if the Republicans continue to stick their head in the sand on GLBT rights after all.

Would you vote for a Republican endorsed by the HGLBT if they had a Democratic challenger?

Posted by: Cory on August 7, 2008 10:13 AM

While it's true that the GOP's continued pigheadedness is good for the Democrats, it would be good for the country if they dropped their bigotry and embraced basic human rights for everyone. I'd much rather we were debating issues that will move us forward, rather than divisive crap that will hold us back. And I'm confident in our ability to win on other issues.

To answer your question, I would certainly give such a candidate serious consideration. I think we're still a ways off from facing that choice, but I will take it seriously when it comes up.

Posted by: Charles Kuffner on August 7, 2008 2:44 PM
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