You know, I could pick apart this recent statement line by line, sentence by sentence for the first twelve sentences or so…
This kind of thing is what P.R. people tell you what to do in these kinds of situations, but I don’t approve.
Anyway, here it is, entitled, “Please stay with me Monday.”
“The progressive community is currently deeply divided on how best to create a safe and productive space for a dialogue on domestic violence and abuse issues. No one can deny that there is presently a heightened sensitivity around these problems in San Francisco—something I respect and appreciate.
In order to come up with real and lasting solutions, we need to have a sustained dialogue and come together as a community. The current volatile and divisive rift that has emerged, three weeks before Election Day and on the heels of the Mirkarimi decision, is not productive.
To be clear: the allegation of sexual assault brought against me is completely false. I will admit, as I did many years ago, that I was at times overly flirtatious in my past. I took this very seriously, and have since apologized, had my apology accepted, and made amends.
In regards to the cease-and-desist letter I sent to Kay Vasilyeva, I understand why the letter created the reaction it did, but I ask you to look at this from a human perspective. My intention was never to intimidate her from speaking but to protect myself from defamation. Given the magnitude of her false accusation, I exercised my rights, knowing that in the court of public opinion, many would care that her claim is uncorroborated.
I ask you to stay with me now because I am still the most progressive candidate running. I have a long-standing history of advocating for the issues most important to the Milk Club and believe I can best serve you in City Hall.
As Supervisor I will work tirelessly to advance the position of women in San Francisco politics. I will be an outspoken advocate against domestic violence and work to promote awareness of this issue. I will advocate for LGBT issues affecting our community. I will work to preserve the cultural history of the LGBT community. I will work against transgender violence and work with the police for increased dialogue and support for victims. My agenda of working for families includes families of all forms, including queer youth. I have been a long-time supporter of marriage equality. The LGBT community has been an influential force in making San Francisco the special city that it is. I will build on the community’s accomplishments.
I’m eager to continue working with progressive leaders and grassroots organizations like the Milk Club to enact policies that will benefit our communities. I cherish the relationships I have built with Milk Club members over the years and encourage you to call me with any concerns you may have. [Cell phone # omitted.]
Please reaffirm your endorsement Monday and together we will share a sustained and productive dialogue for LGBT and domestic violence issues.
The meeting will take place Monday, October 22, 7-9 p.m. in the Ceremonial Room of the LGBT Center.
I look forward to serving you with honor and distinction.
Paid for by Julian Davis for Supervisor 2012, FPPC #134785″
And here’s what’s on the agenda tonight:
“EMERGENCY MEETING ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, LGBT CENTER, Ceremonial Room, 7-9pm.
- The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club will hold an Emergency General Membership Meeting Monday, October 22 to discuss and vote on the reconsideration of the Milk Club’s endorsement of Julian Davis for District 5 Supervisor. This was proposal was moved and seconded at the October 17 General Membership Meeting and carried by more than a 2/3 vote.
- A second motion was made to suspend the bylaws tonight in order to vote on the process for Monday night. This motion suspended Article 8, letter B: single seat multi-choice races. The motion was carried by more than a 2/3 vote.
- A final motion was then made to do an unranked endorsement of Christine Olague, John Rizzo and Thea Selby as a slate endorsement to be voted on Monday, Oct. 22. Carried by more than a 2/3 vote.
Decisions will take place by ballot vote. The ballot will contain the following questions:
- Shall the club rescind its endorsement of Julian Davis for District 5 Supervisor?
- If the club rescinds this endorsement, should the club approve an unrnanked triple endorsemnt of Christina Olague/John Rizzo/Thea Shelby?
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