Manuel Rodriguez, Jr.: HISD Board Member's Anti-Gay Screed

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Manuel Rodriguez, Jr.: Hater
No one really cares much about Houston school-board elections, unfortunately, so incumbent Manuel Rodriguez Jr. was expected to win re-election because he wasn't indicted or anything.

The Houston Chronicle endorsed him for re-election.

But apparently he was nervous about his chances, or he just really, really hates gays.

A flyer sent out in the last week of the campaign has done little but alert Democrats that Rodriguez is, apparently, more right-wing bigot than non-right-wing bigot.

Under reasons to "vote no for my opponent," Rodriguez listed:

Program manager of minority male initiative at [Houston Community College.] His records show he spent years advocating for gay, bisexual lesbian, transgender rights....not kids.

The flyer also noticed the damning fact that he had been endorsed by Houston's GLBT Caucus -- and then it got subtle.

"54 years with no children," it said. "Male partner."

Oy, not to mention vey.

The Chron too kthe unusual step of retracting its endorsement:

With his hateful flier, Rodriguez perpetuates the kind of stereotypes that put our kids in danger. And he implies that all right-thinking people agree with him - an insult to his constituents, and precisely the kind of blithe, old-school homophobia that makes school hallways so treacherous.



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Blue_Angel_23
Blue_Angel_23

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Melinda Cook
Melinda Cook

I couldn't concentrate on what the article said due to the distracting protruding ear..

PC Police
PC Police

It's hilarious you are pretending he's a conservative, Connelly. He's one of you. haha!

Lisa P
Lisa P

Looks Like a big Old Queen to me! Just saying! He needs to be more concerned about being an example of obesity for children!

PC Police
PC Police

Funny how the Chronicle is your enemy until you need a quote. haha

Craigley
Craigley

Where is my Jumping to Conclusions matt?

PC Police
PC Police

Apparently the people so quick to throw out that ridiculous term "homophobic" don't realize tolerance is a two way street.

H_e_x
H_e_x

*sigh* Why are the pretty ones so hateful?

Mandy
Mandy

That's awesome! Go Chron!

Thenonymous
Thenonymous

yeah, yeah... he's a bigot - but more importantly, what the fuck's up with his one big ear? 

OSH
OSH

"Old-school homophobia"  Totally stealing that phrase.

Eastsideres
Eastsideres

Were the comments false?  The flyer I recieved made no mention of hating gays.

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