An Open Letter to Sean Patrick Maloney's Supporters
People who know who I am, including, I suspect, Sean Patrick Maloney, know that I did not personally support him for A.G. My club endorsed him and he personally asked for my support twice, which I declined. I'm not going to go into the reasons why I didn't support him, but I swear that I never once did anything to hinder his run or prevent my club from going all out to help his campaign.
Many people have pointed out the similarities between Brian Ellner's 2005 run for Manhattan Beep and Sean's run for A.G. I hope to reverse what seems to have happened with Brian's supporters from happening again with Sean's.
Brian brought in a slew of young gay men to work on and volunteer for his campaign. Many of them joined my Democratic Club, the Stonewall Democrats and voted to endorse Brian for the primary. Unfortunately for Brian, Margarita had a much longer history with being active with the club and she got the endorsement (Scott came in third).
Brian's supporters were smart, energetic, and, it doesn't hurt that a lot of them were cute, but that's beside the point. They were also passionate. Unfortunately, their passion turned out to be only for Brian. I don't think a single one of the Ellner boys paid dues this year or came to a meeting (except maybe our big Eliot-fest in January, which had over 300 attendees). None that I've heard of have been spotted working on other campaigns this year, not even Sean's.
Sean has even more supporters from exactly the same mold than Brian did. They also joined Stonewall and were a big part of his getting our endorsement. Now that Sean's campaign is over, I'm writing the following letter to those supporters; it is an plea that they not do the same thing Brian's supporters did.
Dear Young Gay Sean Patrick Maloney Supporters:The fact that a lot of them are cute, and it would be nice to keep them around, would be an added bonus.