About nine or ten minutes into the interview, Davidiuk brings up the fact that many of Right Wing voters are unhappy with Anderson over the indictments of two pro-life filmmakers who were attempting to film representatives of Planned Parenthood breaking the law. Acknowledging that the Right Wing voters are unhappy, Anderson responds by saying:
They have a problem with me on one, maybe two cases. When they get a liberal, pro-choice Lesbian District Attorney, I wonder how many cases they'll have problem with with her.Kim Ogg, of course, pounced on the statement and accused Anderson of stating that Ogg was unqualified due to the fact that she was a lesbian. Courthouse people blew up Facebook battling back and forth over whether or not the statement was homophobic or not. The comments even drew some national attention.
First off, let's just be very clear here that Anderson never utters the word "unqualified" in this statement, at all. From an intellectual standpoint, she is merely pointing out that the hard core Right Wing people who are unabashedly conservative, pro-life, and
If she had stopped her sentence after the words "pro-choice," then nobody would have batted an eye. I'm reminded of one of my comedy favorites, Mike Birbiglia, who does a routine on "What I should have said was . . . nothing" when detailing a heated situation that his own words got him into. But, instead, she uttered the word "lesbian" and all hell broke loose. It wasn't relevant and it opened her up to all the criticism she is getting.
But did she use the word to insinuate that Ogg was unqualified?
And Anderson's Administration certainly does not reflect that she thinks a person's sexual orientation has anything to do with their qualifications as a prosecutor. Without identifying anyone in particular, it is fair to say that the Office employs numerous gay and lesbian prosecutors. They aren't discriminated against for their sexual orientation and they seem pretty damn happy to be working for Devon Anderson.
So, it shouldn't matter that Devon Anderson said the word "lesbian" on the radio when describing Kim Ogg, right?
Well, not so fast.
She may not be calling Kim Ogg unqualified for being a lesbian, but she sure is dropping that fact to curry favor with those far Right Wing voters that are so mad at her. It's absolutely not relevant, but she attempted to make it so. That's kind of like not actually being racist, but pretending to be so that you can land the Supremacist vote.
That's a pretty sad testament to the State of the Harris County Republican Party, isn't it?
Unfortunately, for Anderson, dropping the L-bomb is turning out to be a lose-lose situation. Not only did it garner the negative media attention, but Republican web sites like Big Jolly's are showing their mock outrage, too.
Too little bigotry, too late, apparently.