Former San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty released the first ad in his mayoral campaign on Monday. The spot features his 5-year-old daughter Sidney and is "believed to be the first time" a campaign television spot has featured an openly gay candidate's child.
So far, the advert has received mixed reviews. Some viewers say they are "touched by the video [and] others have taken to social networking sites to express outrage at the decision to use his daughter to help canvass votes," notes the Daily Mail.
The candidate faced a conservative backlash when he decided to have a child with his lesbian friend Rebecca Goldfader in 2006. The late conservative broadcaster Pete Wilson slammed the decision as "a travesty" on his radio show.
If elected, he would become the city's first openly gay elected mayor."So far, Dufty has raised a little more than $1.1 million and has polled behind the top-tier candidates of a 16-person pack where 11 are serious contenders," notes the Chronicle .
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