Friday, August 17, 2007
GLBT Wants Abduallah's Seat
Pressure from Indianapolis' GLBT community is being applied to Marion County Democratic Chairman Mike O'Connor to give its community a seat at the table by naming one of its own to replace City-County Councilor Patrice Abduallah (D), who was forced to resign after this blog's investigative work helped unravel the fact he hasn't been living in the district for quite some time, if ever at all, during the past four years. "Indianapolis is the 12th largest city in the United States, but you wouldn't know it from the way the LGBT community is treated," Bil Browning writes at Bilerico today. He thinks the Democratic Party goes out of its way to assuage the city's African-American community to the detriment of its growing and influential GLBT population. His own snooping leads him to conclude Andre Carson, grandson of U.S. Rep. Julia Carson (D) is going to get the nod. "While I have nothing against Andre Carson (or his grandmother), I'm forced to wonder when the Indianapolis democrats would actually consider recruiting a gay candidate to represent the heavily gay district," he writes. "While several political districts at all levels of government are drawn to ensure African-American representation, when do we get the right to represent ourselves?" Bil raises a legitimate concern, but there's not a snowball's chance in hell the Democrats will let this seat go to a non-African-American, particularly when Mayor Bart Peterson's re-election is dependent upon his support in the African-American community. Unless he can come up with a very active, black member of the GLBT community, he may as well forget this idea.