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Our Community's Political Choice
National Reform Party Secretary, ran for California Lt. Governor in 1998.
Mangia is also a former resident of San Francisco and received 10,000 votes
as an independent candidate for the Board of Supervisors. The following article
appeared in the Bay Area Reporter during his campaign for statewide
The upcoming November
election is so important for our community. I am the only openly gay statewide
candidate on the ballot in California this year. I am running for lieutenant
governor as the Reform Party candidate. The Reform Party is a new political
party that stands for political reform, citizen participation, and government
accountability, and against political corruption.
I believe that
the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movement is at a crossroads.
Many are saying that we have reached our limits on what we can expect to
win politically in the next few years. On the gay marriage issue, for example,
there is much discussion on whether that is an attainable or realistic goal.
Personally, I think it is. And I think we can use my campaign to "up the
ante" on this question.
We must increase
our pressure on the Democratic Party to deliver on critical civil rights
issues for our community. This campaign offers our community a unique opportunity
to "push the envelope" with the Democratic Party at the same time that we,
as a community, are responsible for assuring that a major third party retains
permanent ballot status in California. The Reform Party is also at acrossroads.
We need to win 2 percent of the vote for one of our statewide candidates
to remain a permanent major party on the California ballot.
The lesbian and
gay community could provide the votes needed to push Reform over the top.
In the open primary, tens of thousands of lesbians and gay men crossed over
and voted for me in an uncontested Reform Party primary. If the gay community
votes for my campaign in anything resembling the percentages they did in
the open primary, it will advance the Reform Party's attempt to gain ballot
status and could, in fact, be the deciding factor. That activity provides
our community with an incredible amount of leverage both with the Democratic
Party and within the Reform Party. It is interesting to note that the largest
increase in voter registration in the country is the mass exodus of American
voters to independent parties.
With my campaign
we are building political "insurance," political capital, and exerting serious
political pressure. We are raising the stakes and letting the major political
parties know that if they put up homophobic candidates we're not going to
roll over, hold our nose and support them simply because the Democratic Party
tells us to. We are helping to advance our struggle for civil rights by letting
the Democrats know we are helping to build other options and political tools
for our empowerment.
My campaign is
also building an interesting coalition between the "white center" (middle
America) "Perot voters" who have traditionally supported the Reform Party
and the gay community, still furthering our leverage and political options.
Under the current two-party arrangement, the lesbian and gay community has
been reduced to a political football kicked back and forth for partisan advantage
within and between both political parties. We can use the added leverage
of my campaign to participate in the creation of a new political coalition
focused on political reform. That in turn further broadens our options and
advances our leverage in the political arena by challenging the corrupt way
politics is done. It is because of this increasing corruption and the lack
of mainstream alternatives that our community has seen many of our issues
brought to a standstill.
The voting record
of Cruz Bustamante (who is the Democratic Party's nominee for lieutenant
governor) shows a callous and arrogant disregard for the lesbian and gay
community. He opposes gay marriage, voted to criminalize HIV transmission,
and refused to support AB101 (Sheila Kuehl's Dignity for Students Act). Yet
the pressure is on for the gay community to support him. I think to do that
would be a big political mistake. We would essentially be saying: abuse us,
disrespect us, abandon us we will support you no matter what. That may have
been a necessity just a couple of years ago. But now we have another option!
Some people in
our community strongly believe that we should not jeopardize our relationship
with the Democratic Party. I agree. I don't think it is in our community's
best interest to, for example, not support Gray Davis and consequently elect
Dan Lungren. At the same time, the lieutenant governor's race offers us a
unique and potent opportunity to have our cake and eat it, too. In other
words, we elect a progressive Democrat as governor and we exert pressure
on a lower office to build political leverage. I believe we have a great
opportunity this year. I hope you agree.
This is the guy who is chairing the Reform Party (disgruntled) that
are so against Pat Buchanan. Is it any wonder why they want Pat out?
See more about him at the following links.
Twice an independent candidate himself -- US Congress in '86 and San Francisco
Board of Supervisors in '90 -- Mangia has