Um... here is why we are having this conversation...
One presumptive mayoral candidate appears to be making his sexuality an issue in the 2017 race, arguing that Hoboken's LGBTQ community has not been properly served by the current Mayor.
Suspend disbelief for a moment and consider what this candidate, Mike DeFusco, has said on the record, whether or not he is truthful.
Defusco said to the Hoboken Reporter, "As the first openly-gay elected official in Hudson County..."
That was 2010. But, even Velazquez was not "Hudson County's first openly gay elected official."
In 2008 Hoboken residents elected an openly gay official- a Democratic Committeeman, Recording Secretary, George Ortiz.
Ortiz came out publicly in 2000, in a strange case of "he said-he said" published in the Hoboken Reporter.
But wait... what about DeFusco's mentor, a beloved figure in Hoboken whose sexuality was "no secret" when he was elected as Democratic Committeeman in 1981, then Freeholder three times. GA met Maurice Fitzgibbons, and he was open about who he was, down to the ascot. Maurice was brave, and open for the era he was born into.
We see that Mike DeFusco's claim to be the "first" openly gay elected official in Hudson County is verifiably false, so the question is: why say it?
|Where are the NJ Democratic ladies?|
It appears DeFusco's trying to paint a false picture of Hoboken as in the cultural Dark Ages, where gay folks are treated like second-class citizens.
No, they are our friends, our neighbors, our family members and our elected officials.
By the way, GA has heard about more "openly gay" elected officials in other Hudson County municipalities. But, the point has been made.
I think it shows something about the character of a candidate who would make such a brazenly dishonest boast to pander to voters.
Do voters care?
I mean, how germane is the sexuality of a Chief Executive to his/her governance over our City's fiscal health, taxes, infrastructure, flood management, emergency services, sanitation, environmental services, parking and transportation, etc.?
Does anybody care whether the person who lowers their taxes is gay or straight?
DeFusco can bleat about our progressive, pro-LGBTQ Mayor's imagined failures to the LGBTQ community, but there is no basis in fact for such an allegation, and the City's urbane voters will suss that out.
Oh, and watch how anyone who criticizes his "schtick" will be called out as "homophobic."
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