Don Flad makes the crucial Who The Hell Cares point about Tony Simao’s nude photos:
I do not care to whom a candidate or an office holder shows his dick. As long it is consenting.
How does this photo op in any way impact on the way police protect my street, how my leaves are picked up, and how many tourists come to town to support our small business people (Hell it may even help)…
I don’t know Mr. Simao views on gay rights issues but I believe he has the right to show his dick to whoever is willing look at it.
Quite so. The Internet really has changed the cultural norms around online dating and sex, to the point where this story seems kind of ho-hum. Maybe I’m too cynical, but is anybody really scandalized by it?
I would like to hear Don explain more why he thinks what Walt Garvin did was homophobic.
Quick go back and reread Lynn Olanoff’s original article on this.
Do you think Lynn would have chosen to mention Tony’s sexual orientation in this article if he didn’t offer this statement?
Simao said he believes Garvin’s real motivation is to discriminate against him for being gay.
“I find it hypocritical that the kinder, gentler Democratic Party that is so embracing of every minority now wants to use salacious materials to attack someone because they’re a Republican,” he said.Garvin said he takes no issue with Simao’s sexual orientation. He said his criticism is about having bad judgment to have nude photographs on public websites.
This is the only mention of it, and it doesn’t appear until the 10th paragraph. After Tony makes the accusation, Lynn asks the Democratic candidates to comment on it. Would she have asked them that if Tony hadn’t played the “gay card?” I’m not sure. In paragraphs 1-9, she is very careful and conscientious in her explication of the story. I don’t know if she would have mentioned it if Tony didn’t bring it up.
I also wonder what Don would have advised Walt Garvin to do if nude photos of Ron Angle were discovered on a heterosexual hook-up site. Would those be off-limits for politics? :\ I dunno. I think it would be political malpractice for a campaign manager not to make hay over some naked pictures. There might be a case for a different standard for LGBT candidates, but if you can find a naked picture of your opponent, isn’t it kind of fair game?