Rahm Emanuel to leave WH to run for mayor of Chicago

Does he need help packing his bags? Talk about FAIL. John King of CNN:

Three Democratic sources close to Rahm Emanuel tell CNN that the White House chief of staff informed senior colleagues he is all but certain to run for mayor of Chicago, and will leave the White House to take the final exploratory steps.

Close associates are already building a campaign team according to sources.

An announcement by Emanuel is expected to be scheduled for Friday, sources said.

One of the sources, a prominent Democrat close to the White House chief of staff, told CNN, “We see nothing that will stop a run. But you don’t announce a campaign for mayor of Chicago in Washington, D.C. You leave and go home and finish your business there.”

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Nikolai Alekseev, Gay Activists Arrested in Protest of Moscow Mayor

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UK Gay News reports that eleven activists including Nikolai Alekseev have been arrested during a protest outside Moscow City Hall:

"They were taking part in a demonstration against the homophobic mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, and his 'faggots' remark which a Moscow court ruled recently was not hate speech. Those arrested were said to have chained themselves to the railings outside City Hall. Also reported arrested was a reporter from Agence France Presse.  She was seen by activists being hauled into a police van.  But Mr. Alekseev told UK Gay News later that she was not taken to the police station and was presumably released without charge. The eleven activists were taken to the Tverskoy Police Station in Moscow. Mr. Alekseev said that he was injured during his arrest. He was speaking by telephone from inside a police van from which  other  activists were heard chanting 'happy birthday Mayor Luzhkov' – it is the Mayor’s 74th birthday today."

The AP adds:

"The two dozen demonstrators had been protesting the policies of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who has called homosexuals 'satanic' and thwarted attempts to hold a gay pride rally in the city. Police detained most, if not all, of those participating in Tuesday's rally, which was held without a required permit near city hall. The activists handcuffed themselves to a monument for the 13th-century Russian prince who founded Moscow, displayed a papier-mache mummy resembling Luzhkov and unfurled posters ridiculing the mayor and his billionaire wife, Yelena Baturina. The activists said they objected to Luzhkov's recent use of the word 'fag,' and a court's subsequent ruling that the word could not be deemed offensive."

Alekseev called for the rally after being abducted by men thought to be with the Russian secret police over the weekend. 


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Gay Houston Mayor Gets High Marks

ANNISE PARKER X390 (FAIR USE) | ADVOCATE.COMA solid majority of Houstonians approve of the job performance by Mayor Annise Parker, according to a new poll.
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Pro-Gay DC Mayor Adrian Fenty Loses

Washington DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, who enthusiastically signed the city’s marriage equality bill into law, has lost his reelection primary bid against City Council Chairman Vince Gray.

Gray’s victory is tantamount to election: Democrats hold a 10-1 registration edge in the capital city, and Republicans aren’t even fielding a mayoral candidate. Fenty already has ruled out taking the GOP line on the ballot. The mayor’s defeat comes despite the fact that a recent Washington Post poll showed 56% of Washingtonians happy about the direction of the city. But other community leaders, including Gray and his city council colleagues, complained that the mayor didn’t include them in decision-making. Fenty blamed his image problems on unpopular decisions he had to make to improve the city.

Gray was endorsed by the (gay) Gertrude Stein Democratic Club and a number of labor unions, including the police and fire departments.

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Openly gay Palm Springs mayor Steve Pougnet is ready to unseat anti-equality Mary Bono Mack

Kudos to Adam Bink for taking the discussion of the mid-terms in a different direction.

I have gotten somewhat tired of hearing the woes of Dems this cycle from folks reading Politico and assuming the majorities will all but evaporate. There’s an intentional ignorance in the traditional media to forget about open Senate seats ripe for pickup in New Hampshire, Missouri, Ohio and Kentucky, and competitive seats in North Carolina and elsewhere. For a variety of reasons, there hasn’t been as much attention on the House, where I’m focusing on CA-45, a district where Obama won and we have a candidate that can do the same.

CNN has a profile up about Steve Pougnet, the openly gay mayor of Palm Springs, CA who is running to take down Mary Bono Mack, the Republican incumbent. Steve, who I profiled earlier here, would be the first married, openly gay parent elected two Congress (he and his partner are raising twins, Julia and Beckham).

We met Steve while at Netroots Nation this year (above photo), and this is one seat that is winnable, and Steve is a well-known and much respected official. Bono Mack is severely underperforming for her district; she’s simply not doing the job and thinks no one is looking. Even worse, she’s painted as some sort of moderate Republican. Don’t be fooled. This is not moderate:

* She voted against repeal of DADT;

* She has not co-sponsored ENDA (or even say whether she will support it;

* She supported the 1999 Largent Amendment that would have banned same-sex adoption in the District of Columbia;

* She even voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

If you see our friends at GOProud and LCR endorsing her, it’s a fair question to ask why her anti-equality positions are acceptable in 2010. Meanwhile, take a look at Pougnet’s first ad:

And the pitch…

Chip in on ActBlue here.

You can also tweet a donation to the campaign:

@adamjbink Donate @StevePougnet via @ActBlue to help air his first TV ad: http://bit.ly/bF5Lhy #LGBT #gay

Pougnet for Congress.
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Gay Successor to Chicago Mayor?

Mayor Richard Daley X390 (PRESS OFFICE) | ADVOCATE.COMChicago’s only openly gay alderman is among the possible candidates to
replace Mayor Richard M. Daley, who has decided not to seek reelection.
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Mexico City mayor sues Guadalajara bishop over anti-marriage equality remarks

YES! Mayor Marcelo Ebrard says what too many politicians in this country, including our President, are unwilling to say.

Mayor Marcelo Ebrard of Mexico City on Wednesday filed a civil suit claiming defamation against Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez of Guadalajara, upping the ante in a high-profile political spat over gay marriage in Mexico that pits emboldened secular institutions against the country’s influential Roman Catholic clergy.

The suit comes after Ebrard demanded that Sandoval retract suggestions made over the weekend that Mexico’s Supreme Court justices were bribed for their recent landmark rulings in favor of gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples in the Mexican capital.

Church authorities were not backing down. Sandoval said Monday he would not retract his comments, and the archdiocese in Guadalajara later said it had proof of the allegations against the Supreme Court justices (link in Spanish). Statements in support were issued from the archdiocese in Mexico City, while the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico also said it supports Sandoval.

In the secular institutional corner, the Supreme Court censured Sandoval’s statements unanimously, and Ebrard issued a stark warning to the highest-ranking prelate of Mexico’s second-largest city: “We live in a secular state, and here, whether we like it or not, the law rules the land,” Ebrard said, according to La Jornada (links in Spanish). “The cardinal must submit to the law of the land, like all other citizens of this country.”

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Levi For Mayor!

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Levi Johnston, Mayor Of Wasilla?

One-time Playgirl model Levi Johnston has announced his candidacy for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, the job once held by his baby mama’s mama. Johnston’s campaign will be documented for a reality show to be titled Loving Levi: The Road To The Mayor’s Office. From the show’s press release:

“The docu-soap will follow the ever controversial, headline making, matinee idol, handsome father of one as he embarks on a run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska… [the] series will chronicle a ‘no-holds-barred’ period in Levi’s tumultuous life; co-raising his son Tripp, looking for love, and taking care of business for his fellow Wasillians. He will give us a real inside look into who he is as a father, a skilled hunter, an avid dirt biker, and of course his journey down the road of small town politics — right after he gets his high school diploma.”

Production on the pilot episode has already begun in Beverly Hills. Of course. Levi promises that if elected, HE will serve his full term. Ooh, suh-NAP!

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Photo: Reykjavik Mayor In Drag At Gay Pride

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The start of gay pride in Reykjavik saw that city's mayor show participants of the events just how comfortable he is in a wig, makeup and a floral print dress. Mayor Jon Gnarr, a comedian who was voted into office just two months ago, showed up in drag and joked to those in the crowd: "This is what we get for voting for a clown in elections."

Gnarr's performance continues to display the extreme progressiveness of Iceland. As you know, Parliament introduced marriage equality to the country earlier this summer and soon after President Johanna Sigurdardottir, the world's first openly gay head of government, married her long-time partner, Jonina Leosdottir.

One more photo of Gnarr in drag AFTER THE JUMP.

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