What is it about gays and Colorado Springs?
Last week, former mayoral candidate Mitch Christiansen referred to the Gill Foundation as a bunch of “homos” in a private e-mail in which he shared his perspective on the election.
Today, Christiansen shared with the Gazette a separate, 3-week-old e-mail that mayoral candidate Buddy Gilmore sent to Christiansen and the other, more conservative candidates.
The March 6 e-mail included a picture of candidate Richard Skorman wearing a shiny gold suit at the Carnivale Parade in Manitou Springs with the following line: “Fast forward: 2012 Colorado Springs Gay Pride Parade?”
“Buddy: Remove me from your email lists immediately!” Christiansen told Gilmore today in an e-mail.
“I do not want to be included in your position and beliefs as a homophobe,” he wrote. “It’s too bad you have to take this position in this election.”
Gilmore said he didn’t mean any harm.
“I thought it was funny – great suit and a great picture of Richard campaigning,” Gilmore said in an e-mail
“I did think it would look great in the annual Gay Pride Parade, as it is typically a very colorful parade. No different than talking about Brian and his Superman suit showing up during Halloween,” he said.
“We have all tried to poke fun at each other during the campaign and keep things light-hearted. It certainly wasn’t meant to be anything more than that,” he added.
Gilmore also took a swipe at Christiansen.
“Mitch sent me this picture earlier this morning, and I’m not sure why he is trying to make an issue out of this,” he said. “I guess he’s not through lashing out.”