An anti-gay campaign flier calling for change in leadership for the Harris County Democratic Party chair circulated in Houston this weekend and was sent to Instant Tea.
The position is currently held on an interim basis by Lane Lewis, who’s openly gay. The flier compares him to Houston attorney Keryl Douglas as having an unknown occupation, serving as a the former president as of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus and being a gay-rights activist, stating that he helped defeat Texas’ sodomy law. The flier also mentions his unsuccessful City Council run in 2009 and his time as precinct chair.
This is the second time during the campaign that Douglas has been linked to an anti-gay attack. In April, an email signed by Ministers for Keryl attacked Lewis’ sexual orientation and stated that including gays in the party would lead to its demise.
Douglas later held a press conference denying that her campaign had ties to the email, despite the email’s trace linking back to her campaign’s email. She said she did know who the minister group was and called the email an attack on her campaign by her opponents that she would have the police investigate.
Lewis, a former social worker and elementary teacher, is now a consultant at Standley Lewis Learning, LLC, according to his Facebook page. He was unanimously elected as interim chair in December.
In response to the flier, Lewis sent an email to Instant Tea calling it “unfortunate” and continued his campaign fight with Douglas over her Republican donors.
“It is unfortunate that my opponent and her Republican-funded backers will stoop to this level,” he wrote. “Rather than run a campaign on the issues, she has chosen to run a divisive campaign, and I believe the primary voters in Harris County will make the right decision today. I have worked hard to revitalize the Harris County Democratic Party over my chairmanship and I intend to elect Democrats up and down the ballot this November and beyond.”
Douglas’ campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Harris County voters will decide in Tuesday’s primary which of the two they want to serve as Democratic Party chair.