March 31, 2014 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Bowser’s gay campaign manager shuns spotlight
Muriel Bowser, Ward 4, Washington D.C., D.C. Council, gay news, Washington Blade

Muriel Bowser’s gay campaign manager says she’ll be a champion for LGBT issues if elected mayor. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

With D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser’s dramatic rise in the polls placing her in a statistical tie with Mayor Vincent Gray in the April 1 Democratic primary for mayor, some of Bowser’s LGBT supporters are pointing to the efforts of her campaign manager, Bo Shuff, who has shied away from the media spotlight.

Shuff, who’s gay and has worked in the past for the LGBT rights groups Equality Ohio and the Human Rights Campaign, has been serving as Bowser’s campaign manager since last September.
Beginning in 2000, as regional field director for the Florida Democratic Party, Shuff has worked on political campaigns for candidates and progressive advocacy groups for more than a dozen years as a specialist in grassroots organizing and field operations.

Since 2009 he has provided campaign-related consulting services to a wide range of clients as owner of the D.C. firm Top Shelf Consulting.

Shuff said he joined the Bowser campaign after mutual friends informed him that Bowser was looking for a campaign manager.

“They introduced us and I interviewed,” Shuff said, both with Bowser and former D.C. Council member William Lightfoot (I-At-Large), who is serving as chair of the Bowser campaign.

When asked about assertions by Gray’s LGBT supporters that Gray’s record on LGBT issues is far more extensive than Bowser’s, Shuff said Bowser would be a champion for LGBT people both on LGBT issues and other issues that impact their lives.

“Muriel voted for every piece of legislation that’s been positive for the LGBT community that’s come across her desk,” he said. “She’s going to be a strong advocate for minority populations across the board, not just LGBT but the full diversity of this city.”

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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