A Charlotte mayoral candidate has questioned the motives of that city's Black Political Caucus and the sexuality of one of his Democratic rivals. "I am the white guy," Gary Dunn told voters and media, reports the Charlotte Observer.
In an email he said he sent to the media and 5,000 people, Dunn made the comments in response to an invitation to attend a Caucus brunch and fundraiser next week.
"Maybe I got this wrong," he wrote, "But you should know I am not the black gay candidate Patrick Cannon, I am the white guy. If you are inviting me to hear my opinion … I would be glad to attend, however it looks like you are just using the system to raise money and promote racial inequality."
Cannon, Charlotte's mayor pro tem and longest-serving City Council member, said, “It saddens me that someone running for public office would demonstrate such divisive behavior.”
Cannon says that he is not gay.
Cannon and Dunn are among the four Democrats running for mayor in the September 10 primary. The general election is in November.
Dunn is a perennial candidate and has previously run for governor and mayor as a Republican and Democrat.
Charlotte's previous Mayor Anthony Foxx is now the Secretary of Transportation.
Watch the report from Charlotte's ABC 9 AFTER THE JUMP ..."I am not the black gay candidate, I am the white guy," said Charlotte mayoral candidate Gary Dunn. His opponent, Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon, is Black but is not gay. http://rodonline.typepad.com/rodonline/2013/08/charlotte-mayoral-competitor-calls-opponent-black-gay-candidate.html