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Friday, May 13, 2011

Will George Gascón Get the Gay Vote?

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Gascón likes gay people but do they like him?
  • Gascón likes gay people but do they like him?

We know how discouraged San Francisco was after District Attorney George Gascón was elevated into his position only to admit that he supports the death penalty -- that's not what San Francisco voted for!

But since then, Gascón has done much to rectify his reputation for his right-wing roots, which is sure to haunt him politically. Not only did he quietly switch parties from Republican to Democrat, but now he's getting down with the gays (not literally).

This weekend, Gascón is officially kicking off his campaign for District Attorney, and he chose the most unassuming locales to hold his event -- the Harvey Milk Plaza. That's right Gascón is jump-starting his campaign in the heart of the Castro, where cock-shaped cookies and sex toys are commonplace.

And he will have all the right gays there to back him up.

The openly gay Supervisor Scott Wiener and former Supervisor Bevan Dufty will be in attendance, presumably there not only to pledge support for Gascón, who is also the former chief of police, but to lead him on his tour through San Francisco's gayest hood. We called Gascón's campaign to find out why he chose the Castro as his new stamping ground.

Although Rudy Ramirez says he has no official statement from Gascón about his take on gays and gay marriage or anything gay at all, he said the Saturday event should speak for itself.

"He's a big supporter of same-sex couples and gay rights. If he weren't, Bevan Dufty and Scott Wiener wouldn't be there," Ramirez tells SF Weekly.

Maybe. But if he really wants to blend in with the gay community, Gascón should show up in traditional bear wear -- leather straps and a feather boa.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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