On a night when Congressional rivals Lloyd Doggett and Sylvia Romo flexed their gay-rights bona fides and the baby-faced Sean Hubbard confirmed that he was old enough to be running for U.S. Senate, the best quip at the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio's final primary endorsement forum came from white-haired election perennial Daniel Boone.
Boone, an Air Force vet every bit as folksy as his frontiersman namesake, is facing steep odds in his bid to unseat Republican Congressman Lamar Smith, and Monday night he also faced a few heated questions over his response to a Stonewall Democrats candidate survey.
Boone was asked what he meant when he indicated in the survey that he didn't support exhibitionism or vulgar behavior. He explained that he objected to nudity and overtly sexual displays in public. When pressed on whether he would be willing to march in a Gay Pride Parade, Boone said he would, "because it's a dignified event." a moral distinction that drew a few groans from the Fiesta Room crowd at the downtown Luby's. Sensing that he was losing his audience, Boone deadpanned, "Hey, I wouldn't march with Obama if he was in the buff." At the risk of speaking for the leader of the free world, the feeling is probably mutual.