July 16, 2014 at 3:45 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Stein Club member challenges endorsement of Bowser
Muriel Bowser, gay news, Washington Blade

Muriel Bowser (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club’s vote to endorse D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) for mayor and several other endorsements the club made at its June 9 meeting are “illegal” and could subject the club to a lawsuit, according to club member Don Haines.

During the Stein Club’s regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, July 14, Haines said the club violated its own bylaws when it voted on July 9 to endorse Bowser and the other candidates as part of a single vote.

He noted at Monday’s meeting that the club’s president, Angela Peoples, overruled his request for a ”division of the question” that would have allowed a separate endorsement vote for each of the candidates, giving members the option of voting for an endorsement of some candidates while opposing endorsements for others.

“I am fully confident in the actions taken by the Stein Club on June 9 and believe everything was done in line with the club bylaws and rules,” Peoples told the Blade in an email. “The votes on June 9 and the discussion at last night’s meeting show that the vast majority of the club members share that perspective,” Peoples said.

“However, I did tell Don that I would have an independent third party review documents to ensure the club is free from legal liability,” Peoples told the Blade in an email.

At least two other club members who side with Haines’ call for another endorsement vote are supporting D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At-Large) for mayor. Haines said he has yet to make up his mind about which mayoral candidate to support.


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

  • Oh please Haines knows exactly who he is supporting and it isn't Bowser. This Stein sh!t is a joke!

  • What is really a joke is that Bowser is not even working at her current Council job — that is investigating the corruption of her crony supporters.
    If elected, it is Bowser’s corrupt cronies who will run the next DC con game.

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