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Rancho Mirage Council Member Attacked With Anti-Gay Slur in Election Mailer

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A Rancho Mirage council race has taken an ugly turn after a mailer targeted the race’s openly gay incumbent with a homophobic slur. Scott Hines successfully campaigned in 2010 for a seat on the Rancho Mirage city council; however the previous race was also marred with anti-gay attacks. One flyer from an opponent claimed he would mar the council with “Palm Springs style” politics.

Last month, some Rancho Mirage voters found a postcard attacking Hines with the message “Send Hines Packing Back to Palm Springs (where he belongs).” The postcard also features a shirtless picture of Hines and a caption in rainbow-colored letters that reads “No More ‘Fab’ Party Guy Scotty.” These letters aligned vertically to spell out a homophobic slur.

The mailer had no return address, so it is unknown who sent it. While being careful to not explicitly point fingers, Hines has stated that he suspects it came from his four opponents, who he has named “The Gang of Four.”

The four challengers are running a joint campaign under the banner “Experience You Can Trust.” The four running are Rancho Mirage council incumbents Dana Hobart, Ted Weill, and Iris Smotrich, as well as a newcomer, Charles Townsend, who owns a furniture store and serves as interim CEO of the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce. They have denied having anything to do with the mailer, and instead suggest that it came from supporters of Hines who are looking to discredit them.

Read more about the mailer here.


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