The Lambda Independent Democrats, Brooklyn’s LGBT political club, has issued a letter to Brooklyn Democratic Chairman Assemblyman Vito Lopez asking him to produce former City Councilman Noach Dear (left) for the club’s October 22 judicial forum.
Dear took the primary victory in September for Brooklyn’s 5th Municipal District civil court seat largely due to his support from Lopez and the Brooklyn organization. That support riled Brooklyn’s LGBT community, who view Dear as the antithesis of all they believe and all that the Lopez organization should stand for, given his past hostility to LGBT causes. But they’re willing to listen.
"Brooklyn’s LGBT community and
the thousands of LGBT Democrats we represent felt that, notwithstanding his
lack of courtroom experience or the bar associations’ assessments, his past
statements and actions against the interests of our community deem him
obviously an unsuitable candidate for the Civil Court bench. We heard from many Democratic elected
officials— including Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz—that they had
spoken to Mr. Dear before they endorsed him and that he had promised to be fair
to all when he is on the bench. They even implied that he had changed his views
on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender New Yorkers," states the letter.
So if he’s changed bring him by, closes the letter, which also notes that Republican/Conservative candidate James McCall has already accepted the club’s invitation.
"We are confident that if Mr. Dear has sincerely
changed his views, he will be eager to speak with us as well," states the letter.
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