April 17


Doggett dogged by perceived snub of gay judge

Most of the factors working against Lloyd Doggett in his congressional race against state Rep. Joaquín Castro are out of his control: He’s not young, he’s not Latino, and he didn’t grow up in San Anto.

At least one grievance against Doggett, however, concerns something very much under his control, and it’s already starting to bite him in the race for the Democratic nomination in the new 35th Congressional District. A well-connected Austin gay activist is resentful over Doggett’s unwillingness to support Robert Pitman, an openly gay Austin magistrate judge, for the position of U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, which includes San Antonio. The political awkwardness of the situation only intensified in June when President Barack Obama disregarded the recommendations of the Texas Democratic House delegation chaired by Doggett, and nominated Pitman for the post.

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