(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)
You may have seen a recent mailer or ads from the Fraternal Order of Police attacking D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson.
Phil's campaign responds here.
My own thoughts: What FOP is doing is particularly scurrilous and disgraceful. One good thing about it is that they are squandering their money on a cause doomed to fail. The only alternative to Mendelson in Tuesday's primary is Calvin Gurley, whose late questionnaire response earned a GLAA rating of +1 compared to Phil's +10. As for FOP, their habitual boorishness, which I have witnessed at Council hearings, has mainly had the effect of making the police chiefs they were attacking look better by comparison. If they represented me, I would demand my dues back.
Former GLAA president Bob Summersgill writes:
We've never had an advocate on the Council as strong as Phil Mendelson.
GLAA member Jeri Hughes, a transgender rights activist, writes:
After reviewing the negative allegations, I performed some fact checks. The representations made by the FOP are factually incorrect, misleading, or outright vicious. Under Mendelson's tenure, there has been an increase in the number of officers serving in the MPD. He defended and championed District gun laws. He has consistently served as a champion of LGBT rights, and a fierce proponent for Public Safety. This Campaign to Hold Phil Mendelson Accountable is nothing more than an egregious Campaign to Smear and Malign. They should be ashamed of themselves. I know several rank and file officers...none of them feel that Phil Mendelson deserves this abuse. None. I personally know that he deserves nothing but praise from the LGBT community. This "campaign" brings into question what the leadership of the MPD FOP is trying to accomplish, as well as their motivation. They aren't representing the members. Just who are they representing? And why? Something here is very wrong...
Phil is a longtime ally and champion for the LGBT community in Washington. Here is our citation for the Distinguished Service Award that GLAA presented him in 2006.
I voted early, and I voted enthusiastically for Phil. *
* GLAA does not make endorsements in partisan races. This is GLAA Forum, where we express our personal views, and I am speaking for myself here.