The Four Freedoms Democratic Club, a political organization for Kansas City's gay community, announced a dual endorsement for mayor: Alvin Brooks and Albert Riederer.
A statement from the club reads: "Both men have extensive public sector service and have the knowledge, skills and vision to lead Kansas City through the challenges facing it over the next four years. Also, both have shown a commitment to equality for citizens of Kansas City who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender."
For Brooks, this makes a lot of sense. He organized Kansas City's human relations department.
But Riederer? A statement from his campaign mentioned that he had represented a gay student group at UMKC in a discrimination complaint. But that was in the 1970s. Could it have helped that Doug Gray and Scott Burnett, who both work for Riederer's campaign, are listed as board members of Four Freedoms?
Jim MacDonald, president of Four Freedoms, indicated the endorsements were based on a candidate's qualifications and "support for LGBT equality." The endorsement decision, he continued, was "next to impossible" because so many current council members (who are also mayoral candidates) had a hand in establishing a domestic partner registry in Kansas City.
In a separate press release, Riederer said in a statement that "I will have a diverse staff and will not tolerate discrimination of any type."
Posted by Jeffrey Spivak