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Recall Campaign For Intern Who Helped Saved Gabby Giffords

D. Hernandez

Hernandez with President Barack Obama

The former intern who is credited with helping to save U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ life when she was shot in 2011 and who is now an elected member of a Tucson-area school board, is facing a nasty recall election in which anonymous opponents are attacking him for being openly gay and for his advocacy on behalf of gun violence prevention.
Daniel Hernandez  Jr. is one of four of the five members of the Sunnyside Unified School District, who are facing recall petitions. But some say the tactics being used against Hernandez are unusual.
Hernandez’s opponents are reportedly handing out flyers to parents dropping their children off at schools in the district.
One flyer attacks Hernandez for being openly gay, imploring, “Put a REAL Man on the Sunnyside Board … Daniel Hernandez is LGBT …We need someone who will support Sports and cares about our kids. We don’t need someone who hates our values.”
Another attacks Hernandez’s work on behalf of gun violence prevention in the wake of the Giffords shooting, claiming (punctuation and spelling are a direct quote), “Daniel Hernandez cares about only one things taking your guns away.
Hernandez’s opponents must gather 1,300 signatures by Dec.4 in order to put the recall on the ballot.
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