Politics

Gay Intern Daniel Hernandez Jr. Who Saved Rep. Gabby Giffords Faces Anti-Gay Recall Campaign

| by Emily Smith
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Daniel Hernandez Jr., the Tucson man credited with saving Rep. Gabby Giffords' life, now faces an anti-gay campaign and recall election for his position on the Sunnyside Unified School Board.

After community members launched an attack campaign against superintendent supporter and board president Louie Gonzales and supporter Bobby Garcia, Gonzales launched a retaliatory recall effect with the help of campaign manager Marcos Castro.

While the campaign against Gonzales targets his legal and financial issues, including $150,000 in tax liens and a suspended driver's license, the efforts behind Hernandez's upheaval detail his sexuality and support of gun control measures.

"Put a REAL Man on the Sunnyside Board," one flyer reads, a picture of Hernandez speaking at an Equality Forum. "Daniel Hernandez is LGBT. We need someone who will support Sports and cares about our kids"

Hernandez first heard the "real man" attack in his 2011 campaign when he ran against Garcia.

Another flyer, which was misspelled, assured readers that Hernandez cared only about taking guns away.

Hernandez first heard of the flyers when parents from the school reported them to him, noting that they were distributed to at least 5 of the 23 schools in the district.

While Castro is in charge of the recall campaign, he denied having any association with the offensive flyers.

Hernandez's opponents must collect 1,300 signatures by Dec. 14 to place the recall vote on the ballot.

Sources: The Huffington Post, Advocate