This makes no sense in San Diego, of all places; it’s pretty mind-blowing that an openly gay candidate would be courting the anti-gay lobby, but City Councilman Carl DeMaio is banking getting in bed and sleeping with the enemy.  (LGBT Weekly):

San Diego LGBT Weekly has been reporting for several months about the fact that DeMaio has garnered and boasted of endorsements from numerous anti-LGBTequality activists and major financial backers of 2008’s Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage in California.

The list of donors and endorsers includes powerful right-wingers, such as local storage-industry multi-millionaire, Brian Caster, and former San Diego mayor and talk-radio host, Roger Hedgecock, as well as former judge Larry Stirling.

This was uncovered when an email was leaked that was written by one of the well-known anti-gay forces in the city, Charles LiMandri, who was the attorney for the NOM during the Prop 8 battle.

City Councilman Carl DeMaio’s mayoral campaign says DeMaio “ … specifically promised me, as a condition of my support, that he would not push the gay agenda issues (including same-sex marriage) as did Mayor Sanders. Rather, he was emphatic with me that he did not believe that the mayor should concern himself with these issues as they are not his responsibility.”

Wow. That’s some promise there. And who was the recipient of this email. An “ex-gay” anti-gay activist (who claims to have cured himself of AIDS), James Hartline.  Hartline was the one who gave the email to CityBeat. Why?

[B]ecause he felt LiMandri was undermining the conservative agenda by supporting DeMaio.

Perhaps Barista Autumn Sandeen, who lives in San Diego, can shed light on what is in the water there that’s creating the nutso political soap opera there.