Despite the fact that I like Kara Kelty, I’ve been decidedly agnostic about the Flagstaff Mayor’s race. I’ll admit it: as a Southern Arizonan and desert dweller, much about Flagstaff puzzles me. Why are the trees so green? What is with that cold, white stuff on the ground in the winter months?
Needless to say, I’ve only been watching Kelty’s run against Mayor Sara Pressler from afar. I have caught a few tid bits. Kelty’s supporters have been making hay out of Pressler’s refusal to endorse an ordinance extending civil rights protections to gays and lesbians. More than just her lack of support was the bizarre statement made by Pressler that “I believe this community has reached a tolerable limit.” Yep, too much tolerance can be a bad thing.
And Pressler’s supporters still call her an “unambiguous” supporter of gay rights. The unambiguous support seems a bit, um, ambiguous.
I’m not one of these folks that think that all Democrats, no matter what constituency they represent or where they got elected, should be lefty firebrands spouting quips authored by the posters on Daily Kos. But, the mayor of one of our most progressive communities can’t find the political room to say that gays and lesbians deserve the same rights and dignity as the rest of us?