Congratulations Annise Parker!Annise Parker was elected may of Houston last night. Houston now becomes the largerst city to ever elect an openly gay mayor. It's a great step forward, especially in a state like Texas. It's a great day, and I'm happy for our city.
What was interesting to me was that Parker ran on a fiscally conservative platform (matched by a fiscally conservative past as city Controller), yet Republican groups in the city still decided to endorse Locke, who was not running on such fiscal conservative promises (both candidates are moderate Democrats).
So, given the choice of a fiscally conservate lesbian that never ran on a platform of gay rights (and has a history of not legislating on that issue) and a non-gay Democrat that seemingly has nothing in common with Republicans, they decided to endorse the candidate that shares virtually none of their own issues.
Makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over. Luckily the voters saw through the tactics.