Delia Jasso Withdraws Support for Marriage Equality Measure After Losing Council Seat

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Delia Jasso has long been an ally to the LGBT community. One of her first major initiatives upon joining the City Council in 2009 was to organize the LGBT Task Force. More recently, she was among the first to put her name to a resolution in support of gay marriage.

The good will her actions fostered in the gay community went up in smoke last night after the Dallas Voice reported that she pulled her name from the gay-marriage resolution.

Omar Narvaez, president of the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas and a member of her LGBT Task Force, summed up the feelings of many in a Facebook post excerpted by the Voice.

I am thoroughly disappointed, hurt and surprised. I had a long long long phone call with her tonight, and her reasons are her reasons, and she will have to deal with them. As one of her most staunch supporters, I withdrew any and all support for her. This is not the end all of everything, but merely a bump in the road. Sadly, Dallas will be behind on history.

At the end of the day losing my support and the support of so many may mean nothing as she is leaving office, but more than anything she has lost my respect. I have never been so disappointed or felt so betrayed by an elected official and ally as I am now.

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Jasso's decision leaves the resolution one signature shy of the five that would require Mayor Mike Rawlings to put it on the agenda. Rawlings, the day after announcing his support for the resolution in a sit-down with the Morning News' Jacquielynn Floyd, has decided to pull it from not to place it on the June 12 agenda. (Rawlings' chief of staff, Paula Blackmon, points out that the item was never on the June 12 agenda because the agenda hasn't actually been created yet. Rawlings, who would prefer to spend his time on other matters, will not put it up for discussion.)

Jasso's not talking publicly at this point. She didn't respond to the Voice's requests for comment, and she hasn't yet returned our calls to her office, but the inescapable conclusion is that Jasso's support for LGBT issues was a jaw-droppingly cynical ploy to court gay voters in North Oak Cliff. When those voters instead chose Scott Griggs, she got mad. It's hard to think of any other explanation.



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anon
anon

What no one has pointed out is that even if Delia Jasso is not worthy of serving District 1, there is no tactical reason for her to have made this move. She's already lost. She's not necessarily a burn bridges type of politician. My guess is that whatever she wants to do post-Council will require her to have a "blemish-free" record on this issue. 

Again, no idea what role Domingo Garcia has her lined up to fill, but perhaps she will be better served in that role without having sponsored this resolution.

WylieH
WylieH

This seems fairly consistent with the Delia Jasso I know... Inauthentic and unworthy of holding public office.

Good riddance.

JakeZ
JakeZ

I dunno man, I just think this topic is Super Gay.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

So she's turning her back on her one accomplishment in her entire tenure?


Sad, yet predictable. I'm just glad the people who gerrymandered her into our district underestimated our intelligence so badly.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Kingston promised (in the form of an affidavit) to support the Democrat platform in order to get the Stonewall Democrats' endorsement.  However, his voting record is solid Republican.

Why is Kingston any more believable than Jasso on this or any other subject?

moredallasstars
moredallasstars

Makes me really question anyone Stonewall Democrats endorse.  Hey Stonewallers --- Care to elaborate on why you endorsed Delia Jasso instead of Scott Griggs ?

roo_ster
roo_ster

Looks like a frosted flake flaked out and will no longer flack for fruity flakes.

TXTC
TXTC

@holmantx Jasso actually had a good history over the past few years working with LGBT groups going into this race. Kingston just had Angela Hunt who was "eh" on LGBT issues pinky-swearing that Kingston's good on LGBT issues and support of Democrat policy priorities. Stonewall didn't buy the pinky-swear. Jasso is the disappointing, irrational one, not Stonewall.

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

@holmantx I will tell you from personal knowledge that Kingston's views on the matter of gay rights (including, but not limited to, gay marriage) are not consistent with those of the Texas Republican Party.  I have absolutely no doubt that his affidavit promise is on all fours with his personal opinions.

heart_and_soul
heart_and_soul

@holmantx Kingston has voted in as many D primaries as his opponent and is the most progressive guy in the race. Delia and Abtahi are birds of a feather and are backed by the same crowd. Kingston has the endorsement of Scott Griggs and Angela Hunt.

branchstar
branchstar

@holmantx It's Bobby Abtahi I'm worried about.  He voted for Hutchinson in the REPUBLICAN primary.

mikestone1169
mikestone1169

@moredallasstarsThe Stonewall Dems have a terrible record in their endorsements. They supported James Knowlin over Angela Hunt in 2011, Jasso over Griggs, and Bobby Abtahi over Philip Kingston.

Bobby Abtahi is backed by the Dallas Citizens Council and pro-Trinity Toll Road and pro-gas drilling forces. Why Stonewall backed this guy is beyond me, but it makes sense in light of their backing of Jasso -- they just make poor decisions.

BTW, Scott Griggs has endorsed Philip Kingston in the D14 race.

MikeyLikesIt
MikeyLikesIt

@moredallasstars Because Mr. Navarez is more concerned with what color someone is than rather or not they are a friend to the gay community.  He has been heavy handed and unfair to tried and true friends of the gay community for a few elections cycles now ie. Angela Hunt.  He ought to pay attention to his groups mission rather than his own personal one.  

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

You should be a missionary. Seems that's all you know.

texasjacknorris
texasjacknorris

@TXTC@holmantx

You may think that Angela Hunt's only been an "eh" supporter of the gay community, but you're wrong. Follow the link to the Dallas Voice article and see Hunt's comments about Jasso. She gets pissed when people dis the GLBT community in Dallas.


http://www.dallasvoice.com/flip-flopper-delia-jasso-pulls-signature-marriage-equality-memo-10148951.html


In fact, Hunt won this year's "Top Local Straight Ally" from the Dallas Voice's Reader Awards, so most of the community disagrees with you. 

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@heart_and_soul @holmantx So shutting down bars on Lower Greenville and threatening to sue neighbors and suing Avi (not sure we want to lump him in with the neighbors) is progressive? 

Ok, I'll give you that suing Avi is progressive.

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@heart_and_soul @holmantx Just read the DMN article from a few days ago regarding this.  Its reported that Kingston has voted in at least 5 Republican primaries and voted in the 2012 Republican Primary.  I personally don't care if he or Abhati is Dem or Rep.  But it appears that Kingston gave $ to Cruz's PAC, so I don't see how you can claim he is really all that much of a Dem.

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@branchstar @holmantx If a vote for her is a vote against Governor Good Hair, then I don't find it objectionable.  Also, it appears Kingston has voted in many republican primaries as well.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@bealotcoolerifyoudid @holmantx I don't know however, he promised in the form of an affidavit to support the opposite of his voting record.

So if he says he will support the Marriage Equality Measure, what does that mean?  What's that worth?

I think the only qualification for him is that he's not the DCC's man, which they did not endorse anyone anyway but Abtahi took money from "those people", and that apparently is enough.

TXTC
TXTC

@mikestone1169 @moredallasstars How about the majority of Stonewall didn't buy the malarkey about Kingston being a Democrat or being very strong on LGBT issues (something for which Angela Hunt was not all that great), looked at Stonewall's bylaws which cite both LBGT issues AND Democrat values as the core values of Stonewall in endorsements, and then picked Bobby who was better on the issues and values and seemed energetic enough to be a real challenger to Kingston who has never lived up to the hype?

Every endorsing group picks a slate of candidates and not all of them win. Stonewall Dallas is not mandated to pick only people who look like they're the frontrunner. They pick who they think is the best overall at LGBT issues, Democrat values, and who is going to work to get votes. Stonewall Democrats of Dallas' record on endorsements is very comparable to other Democrat and LGBT groups who bother to interview candidates. 

I don't know where you're getting your stats. I do know that Stonewall has yet to find the conclusive ties between Bobby and DCC, whereas campaign finance records clearly connect Kingston to lots of hostile Republican organizations and candidates. I can't speak to Griggs rationale for endorsing Kingston, but I do know that he's not bound by the same rules that Stoneewall Dallas is.

gregwash75214
gregwash75214

@mikestone1169 @moredallasstars All good points you make.  I don't want someone like Abtahi being a rubber-stamp for the Dallas Citizens Council.  District 14 is historically independent.  I want it to stay that way so I'm voting for Kingston.

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@davidwilson75205 @bealotcoolerifyoudid @heart_and_soul @holmantx Thanks.  I wasn't there so I wanted to be clear about the grains of salt and all. 

The so-called bad bars all had the same ownership/problems.  I don't think anyone really finds fighting them a bad thing. 

Overall, I don't think either candidate would be that bad on most issues, but I am not quite 100% comfortable with either.  Steering back to the topic of the article, it looks like both have sought support from the LGBT community and hopefully whatever candidate wins (let's be real it's going to be Kingston) keeps true to their word.

davidwilson75205
davidwilson75205

@bealotcoolerifyoudid @heart_and_soul @holmantx Actually, he spoke in support of The Libertine, and the SUP was approved.

Rawlings even went there for dinner the same night.


He did fight all the so-called bad bars, most of which filed a suit then dropped it, just like Madison Co filed and dropped a suit on the bowling alley.


bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@davidwilson75205 @heart_and_soul David, you read the document right.  The case is ongoing.  The last motion filed was a motion for partial summary judgment and it looks like the hearing has been cancelled.  Just a guess here, but I bet nothing happens until after June 15 when Philip wins (and I do think he beats Abathi easily).  Then they go to mediation and either drop it or Melissa tries to get attorney's fees (blood from a stone) and goes to trial.  I place my money on the former.

davidwilson75205
davidwilson75205

@heart_and_soul  

 I saw that doc - it only said Cortez ruled against Avi's lawyer because he waited too long on the slapp suit. If I read the papers on the county site properly, and I am not a lawyer, there was a hearing coming up. But that's the last document.

 

heart_and_soul
heart_and_soul

@davidwilson75205 A friend sent me a link to it and I posted it on a thread here on DO. It was Judge Cortez's court. i will try to find it for ya.

davidwilson75205
davidwilson75205

@heart_and_soul@bealotcoolerifyoudid@holmantx 

On the other side, Philip HAS sued at least three people by his own name. The lawsuits are listed on Avi's blog:

- He sued the family that sold him his house

- He sued a builder to stop him from building houses in the neighborhood


- He sued a guy who lives near his mom in San Antonio

 His wife threatened to sue over another house being built, and lost at a city hearing. And she beat up ANOTHER builder over the same issues.

http://barkingdogs.org/news/content/Heres-why-you-should-not-vote-Mamas-Boy-Hes-big-fat-liar


davidwilson75205
davidwilson75205

@heart_and_soul @bealotcoolerifyoudid @holmantx  

I just went through Avi's blog and the county's legal docs files.

Not like Avi would post a his own loser document , but I would love to see the DO run a story about the loss.

 Where is it??

heart_and_soul
heart_and_soul

@bealotcoolerifyoudid@heart_and_soul@holmantx 

I don't know what bar he shut down on Greenville but I know he worked as a volunteer for the people in the neighborhood for development that would support the area and whatever he did he did with community support. He has never sued or threaten a neighbor. That is BS. His wife sued Avi and won her suit and he had it coming. IMO. 

heart_and_soul
heart_and_soul

@bealotcoolerifyoudid @heart_and_soul @holmantx It is not Cruz's PAC and Kingston has given to many causes and candidates of both parties. In 2005 he gave to No Nonsense and he gave money to Stonewall in 2012. He helps people that ask for his help if he thinks they mean well. One 2006 contribution is just all his opponent can find. It is lame.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@bealotcoolerifyoudid @heart_and_soul @holmantx 

His explanation for the affidavit to support the Democrat platform whilst previously voting Republican is that he considers himself an Independent.

He didn't explain the logic that by committing oneself to the D platform thwarts future voting issue by issue (Independent).

mikestone1169
mikestone1169

@bealotcoolerifyoudid @heart_and_soul @holmantx  

If you like gas drilling in parks, you'll love Bobby Abtahi. His Campaign Finance Chair is Joe Alcantar, AKA the Dallas Plan Commissioner who single-handedly brought gas drilling in parks back from the dead.

Bobby Abtahi is Dwaine Caraway's right-hand-man and Caraway's Plan Commissioner. I'm sure he has Arthur and Archie's vote, but he's floundering in the runoff for District 14. He won't break 40 percent on election day.

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@heart_and_soul @bealotcoolerifyoudid @holmantx Isn't part of that record suing neighbors and threatening to sue under the auspicies of the BACD "enforcement committee"?  Granted, I am only getting sound bytes, but that sounds like bullying not equality.

Also, I am for gas drilling.  If people realized how much the gas tanks at the corner 7-11 leak, they would realize there are other issues.  But that's me, I'm kind of out there on some things.

heart_and_soul
heart_and_soul

@bealotcoolerifyoudid @holmantx He is a great guy. Ask anyone who has worked with him. He has an independent voting record and leans progressive on the big issues like equality and he is against gas drilling while his opponent is for it. He didn't sell out anything or anyone. BTW, Kingston is active. He has a record of doing what he says.

heart_and_soul
heart_and_soul

@TXTC @mikestone1169 @moredallasstars  

OK you are full of shit and need to look at those contribution reports. You will find that you don't have the facts. Abtahi is backed by all the Citizen Council folks and Kingston is backed by progressive organizations and neighborhood people.

mikestone1169
mikestone1169

@TXTC @moredallasstars I was at a candidate forum in East Dallas earlier this year where Bobby Abtahi was crowing that he won the endorsement of the Dallas Citizens Council. Obviously, he was ignorant of District 14 as he's never served here (he represented Dwaine Caraway, his mentor, on the Plan Commission in District 4, not D14), and Abtahi thought that his Dallas Citizens Council endorsement would be a positive in the race.

mikestone1169
mikestone1169

@gregwash75214@moredallasstars

I know everyone's focusing on the poor judgment of the Stonewall Democrats, but don't forget that Philip Kingston won the endorsement of the Dallas Gay & Lesbian Alliance, a much more credible organization than Stonewall.  So I think the problem here isn't with Angela Hunt, Scott Griggs, or with Philip Kingston, for that matter. The problem is withthe dysfunctional Stonewall Democrats and their endorsements of Jasso and Dwaine Caraway's right-hand man, Bobby Abtahi. 

mikestone1169
mikestone1169

@MikeyLikesIt@TXTC@moredallasstars

I know you're focusing on the poor judgment of the Stonewall Democrats, but don't forget that Philip Kingston won the endorsement of the Dallas Gay & Lesbian Alliance, a much more credible organization than Stonewall.  So I agree, the problem here isn't with Angela Hunt, Scott Griggs, or with Philip Kingston, for that matter. The problem is withthe dysfunctional Stonewall Democrats and their endorsements of Jasso and Dwaine Caraway's right-hand man, Bobby Abtahi.

MikeyLikesIt
MikeyLikesIt

@TXTC @MikeyLikesIt @moredallasstars I believe that it is.  Ushering in a room full of last minute voters that you personally registered just under the wire so they could participate but that never bother to come to meetings is not right.  That you reject people like Griggs, like Angela Hunt or an actual out candidate over a closeted one tells the story.  These are not people like Vonceil Hill, these are real friends to the gay community.  Rather than focus on the Kingston/Abati race, let's focus here on this issue where your handpicked candidate gave the gay community the bird.  Something is wrong at Stonewall.  

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