- Most D.C. candidates earn positive marks on LGBT issues (Photo: Associated Press)
The Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance released new ratings today assessing District mayoral and council candidates on issues relevant to the LGBT community. Possible scores range from a -10 (really awful for gays) to +10 (perfect score!). The GLAA previously rated the candidates in this year's primary race on a host of issues; for today's scores, the GLAA "reviewed direct-access candidates for the general election" and reevaluated "some primary winners based on new information."
Let's see how they did!
THE WORST: Richard Urban, Independent candidate for the council's At-Large seat, received the worst rating of the bunch, a -3.5. "Urban has made explicitly anti-gay issues central to his campaign," the GLAA explains. "He ranted before the Board of Elections and Ethics about the immorality of gay people and why we should be stripped of the fundamental right to marry. He started an organization to teach abstinence-only-until-marriage to our students with public funding. Once abstinence-only education was exposed as a fraud and funding was eliminated, Urban began a crusade to get his program restored. We are somewhat amused that he is apparently too extreme for the reactionary National Organization for Marriage to support."
MOST IMPROVED: Marc Morgan, Republican candidate for Ward 1 council, had previously complained that he found the GLAA ratings discriminatory against Republicans. Today, he saw his rating increase from +3 points to +6.5 points. "He submitted a revised and expanded questionnaire and documented his record," the GLAA submits. "Morgan agrees with GLAA on the issues and demonstrated a reasonable understanding of them. . . . However, his support for the campaigns of anti-gay politicians John Boehner, Robert Ehrlich, and Laura Knapereck detracts from his record."
ONE-POINT JUMP: Ward 3 council member Mary Cheh saw her score rise from +7.5 to +8.5 after she submitted a "revised and expanded questionnaire" detailing her history with LGBT issues.
HOLDING STEADY: Democratic mayoral candidate Vince Gray retains a rating of +8.5 (sitting Mayor Adrian Fenty received a +4 rating in the primary). Gray's the only candidate to receive a rating in the mayoral race as "no other candidate for mayor returned a survey or has a known record on [GLAA] issues."
PERFECTS: Democratic Ward 1 council member Jim Graham, Democratic At-Large council member Phil Mendelson, and Independent At-Large council member David Catania all received +10 scores.
THEY JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND: Democratic Ward 5 council member Harry Thomas received a +6 rating on the issues. His challengers fared worse. Independent candidate in the ward Kathy Henderson earned a +2 rating for showing support of GLAA issues, but "little understanding of them." And Republican Tim Day somehow scraped by with a +1.5 rating after failing to show a "strong support," "understanding of," or "any known record" on LGBT issues.