Homophobia: Alive and Well in Birmingham

New campaign flyers from some group no one’s ever heard of target Birmingham mayoral candidate Patrick Cooper for his support of Howard Bayless, a former school board member who ran for City Council this year.  Bayless’ “crime”?  He’s the first openly gay man elected to public office in Alabama.

One flier’s disclaimer reads “Paid for by Faith in Birmingham.” However, no such group is registered with the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office or with the Jefferson County Probate Office. The other flier lists no sponsor.

Alabama’s Fair Campaign Practices Act mandates such campaign literature be marked as a paid political advertisement and give the identification of the principal individual who paid for or authorized it.

I don’t know if William Bell is behind this attack or not.  I do know that he is a coward who attacked Cooper at a local prayer breakfast as a “slave trader from Mobile” (I heard it from an eyewitness well before the Cooper campaign called him out on it) and then tried to excuse it by saying he didn’t name any names.

I also know that I will be making a donation to the Cooper campaign tomorrow.  BTW, Commissioner Bell “Faith” in Birmingham, that’s known as the Law of Unintended Consequences.

If you’d like to join me, here’s Cooper’s donation link.

5 Responses to “Homophobia: Alive and Well in Birmingham”

  1. Bill says:

    Howard Bayless is a fine man I have proudly supported in two elections. William Bell and his cronies are despicable bigots. Count me in on contributing to Cooper.

  2. Del says:

    Ugh. I don’t envy y’all this messy race one bit.

  3. Kathy says:

    At least it will be over soon. The runoff is January 19. Assuming we aren’t still snowed in.

  4. Dystopos says:

    Is this the same Bell who insisted that Cooper’s campaign MUST have been behind the YouTube “Cooper Rap”? Well, I’ll just have to insist that Bell’s campaign MUST have been behind this slingful of mud.

  5. Kathy says:

    Dystopos, I’ve seen some people trying to pin this flyer on Cooper. Yes, because it’s always a good idea to alienate the LGBT (and straight ally) community in Birmingham by trashing Howard Bayless and appear soft on crime by implying that you’ll fire police chief A. C. Roper. As Buffy would say, “[Their] logic does not resemble our earth logic.”

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