As John Wright reported earlier here on Instant Tea, Dallas mayoral candidate Ron Natinsky was scheduled to participate in the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas’ screening and endorsement process on Saturday, even though, as a Republican, he’s not eligible for the group’s endorsement.
Now, however, according to an email to Stonewall — and copied to Dallas Voice — from Natinsky supporter Craig Holcomb, Natinsky has decided not to participate in the Stonewall screening. Holcomb, of course, is an openly gay former Dallas city councilmember.
Councilman Natinsky had been looking forward to participating in Stonewall Democrats’ screening tomorrow. However, since your bylaws clearly state that someone who has voted in a Republican primary is not eligible for endorsement, he will not be submitting a questionnaire or taking part in Saturday’s screening process.
Councilman Natinsky is opposed to disccrimination based on sexual orientation. That will not change when he is elected Mayor.
I am grateful for your prompt responses to my questions today.
UPDATE: Natinsky sent over this email addressed to “The Readers of Dallas Voice,” further explaining his decision:
I respect the GLBT community and had looked forward to participating in the Stonewall Democrats screening process.
However, when I learned that their bylaws would prevent me from receiving their endorsement because I have voted in a Republican primary, I decided it was more important to communicate directly with the community through The Dallas Voice.
Accordingly I am releasing my answers to their questionnaire to The Voice.
Stonewall Democrats, according to the email they sent, will be shredding all the other candidates’ questionnaires.
We’ve posted the completed Stonewall endorsement questionnaire supplied by Natinsky after the jump.