2 The Star/ April 13,1984
LGDT Endorses Doggett Over Krueger
By Don Ritz
Lesbian/Gay Democrats of Texas (LGDT)
held a strategy and endorsement meeting
in Austin at the Travis County Court
House on Saturday, March 24.
Discussion of strategy and plans for the
Democratic State Convention, to be held
in Houston in June, and endorsement of
U.S. Senate and presidential candidates
were the main topics of discussion.
LGDT voted not to endorse any one of
the three remaining Democratic presidential candidates (Hart, Mondale, Jackson).
Al Calkin from Dallas stated, "All three
of the remaining candidates have
responded verbally and in writing. They
are all three pro-gay. Perhaps in certain
counties there may be a difference in who
needs to be supported. We won't have a
candidate who is not pro-gay rights. We
can create a problem for those trying to
become delgates (if we endorse one candidate)."
Another LGDT member said that he
didn't believe that any one ofthe presidential candidates had to be supported in that
the gay vote probably could not put any
one candiate "over the top" on its own.
A concern of being able to gain cooperation of the state party officials at the state
convention was raised, should a candidate
be endorsed who was contrary to the
desires ofthe party officials.
Peter Brooks of Dallas said, "The power
brokers themselves are probably too
divided. They may not be unified themselves."
An LGDT screening committee recommended the endorsement of Lloyd Doggett
in the U.S. Senate race.
Doris Taylor, co-chair of LGDT, said
that all five of the senatorial candidates
were mailed questionnaires by LGDT.
However, only Doggett and Bob Krueger
returned the questionnaires and
expressed interest in LGDT's endorsement.
Both candidates, or their representatives, were invited to attend the LGDT
meeting. Libby Doggett, the candidate's
wife, was present. Krueger's campaign did
not send a representative.
Libby Doggett said, "I want to speak to
you about what I think is the most important thing—Lloyd as a person. When he
jees injustice or discrimination, it really
gnaws at him. That's the whole basis of
his career. He's been in the state senate for
11 years. He's been on the side of the consumer, women, minorities, the handicapped. He's a fighter.
"Some people may accuse him of grandstanding or playing to the media. Well, he
does. When he sees something wrong, he
wants people to know about it, and the
best way to let people know is to play to the
"Lloyd has said, Civil rights can have
no qualifiers.' That's exactly what he
"Some people have tried to say that we
can't win, but we have the grass roots
organization. We have the momentum.
We've raised more money than any ofthe
other candidates. Lloyd has received all of
the endorsements that have been made—
farmworkes, women's groups, nurses.
Sierra Club, AFL-CIO, Young Democrats,
Black Democrats, UAW, NOW, Texas
Women's Political Caucus, Dallas, Houston and Austin Gay Political Caucuses
Although the LGDT screening committee recommended Doggett, he did not
receive its unanimous endorsement.
Making a majority recommendation,
Jana Zumbrun of Austin said, "LLoyd
Doggett has a 99.6 percent attendance
record for floor votes. We need someone
who will be there and will be effective.
"Some will say that we shouldn't consider someone who is not a front runner,
but we know what can happen to front
"No one ever thought that Ann
Richards would win as state treasurer. No
one thought that Bob Bullock, Jim Hight-
ower or Gary Mauro would win. Progressives have won in this state in the past.
"Some will question why Doggett did
not offer us his support when the Moral
Majority proposed its referendum in Austin to make it legal to discriminate against
gays. We requested his endorsement and
he did not give it. Now he believes that he
was wrong. However, that does not reflect
on his support of gay and lesbian rights.
"As for Krueger, I'm not at all satisfied
with his explanation for why he voted for
the McDonald Amendment. Had he have
admitted ignorance or had he have said he
was voting the way his constitutents
wanted, these would be different issues
and each could be viewed differently.
Rather he was so scared that he was afraid
that his constituents might think that he
way gay. When speaking to Texas
Women's Political Caucus, he had to say
five different times that he was not gay.
even though the question had never been
raised. When he spoke to the Austin Gay
Political Caucus, he held up his wedding
band to say that he was not gay. He's
afraid. Doggett has never been."
The McDonald Amendment, which
Krueger uoted for, was proposed by the
late Larry McDonald (D-Gaj. The amendment would haue amended the Legal Services Corporation appropriations bill to
cut off all funds for law suits that gay men
and women filed aduocating homosexuality as a legitimate lifestyle.
Edra Bogle of Denton gave a minority
report suggesting that LGDT make a co-
endorsement of both Bob Krueger and
Bogle said, "Perhaps Krueger's greatest
strength and weakness is that he's an academic. Krueger is not a lawyer, so he must
spend a lot of time researching each issue
and what its implications are before making a commitment. Krueger has refused to
make commitments on issues that he has
"Regarding his vote on the McDonald
Amendment, he has said he was sorry. But
he has not said he would do it differently.
However, he has shown his support by
hiring gay men and women on his staff.
"He does support us. He answered his
questionnaire as positively as his opponent. Krueger is economically conservative, as are many gays. Therefore, we
should co-endorse both Bob Krueger and
A motion was made to endorse Lloyd
Doggett alone, and passed overwhelmingly.
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