Stonewall Endorses Kearns
by Geoff Kelly - posted 11:55 am, July 30, 2009
On Tuesday night, Stonewall Democrats of Western New York endorsed Mickey Kearns for mayor. Stonewall joins the PBA, Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, and Nosotros. Four of his fellow councilmembers support Kearns, as well.
Mayor Byron Brown was not deemed eligible for the Stonewall endorsement, according to Outcome magazine, because his campaign has paid for advertising on Joe Illuzzi’s Web site. Illuzzi is prone to homophobic rants:
Mayor Byron Brown’s campaign finance disclosure reports show that on July 28, 2008 his campaign committee known as “MAYOR BROWN’S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL” paid Joseph Illuzzi owner of politicswny.net $3,000.00.
Mr. Illuzzi is one of the leading anti gay activist in Western New York and often uses his web site to make false claims against candidates that do not pay him for ad placement on his site. In 2008 he used the site in an attempted blackmail scheme against an incumbent state legislator who had publicaly refused to pay Illuzzi and urged other elected officials to do the same.
His handful of endorsements may seem like a thin line of support, especially as these endorsements have not seemed to produce substantial financial support for his campaign, but they reveal some gaps in Brown’s armor, which is is beginning to look a little tarnished anyway, as investigations into the use of anti-poverty funds mount. A source in the Kearns campaign told me on Monday that the real push begins this weekend, when volunteers will fab fan out across the city to deliver literature.