SOS Action board member Mike Blizzard defended the board's no-endorsement. "It wasn't as if the whole board snubbed [Watson], he just failed to get two-thirds of the vote. We had a very spirited and passionate debate about the mayor. He is going to continue to be the mayor no matter how [the board] votes." Regardless, Shea's departure is hard for many members to accept. "She's one of my heroes," Blizzard acknowledged. "There's no question."... Ironically, the SOS PAC entered into the same "no endorsement" discussions in the Place 6 race because of Council Member Willie Lewis' votes on environmental issues, which have sometimes run counter to the SOS. But while Lewis lacks strong environmental appeal, he makes up for it on neighborhood issues, said Blizzard, explaining the PAC's endorsement. Other endorsements were less surprising, with Raul Alvarez and Clare Barry winning the vote in the Place 2 and 5 races... Moving from green to gay issues, let's talk about that big Millennium March on Washington, for which Austin's own Dianne Hardy-Garcia has been organizing efforts for the past six months. Hardy-Garcia, executive director of the Lesbian Gay Rights Lobby of Texas, was called in to bring order to what was then a mess of political infighting between various gay and lesbian leaders. Now, Hardy-Garcia assures us all systems are go, and the April 30 march is expected to draw heaping handfuls of gays and lesbians from every corner, with a huge Texas contingent expected. With Hardy-Garcia leading the charge, we can expect the name of Gov. George W. Bush to be invoked several times from the stage. Despite Bush's claim that he's a better person after last week's meeting with the gay community, Hardy-Garcia isn't buying it. "I'm still devastated by what he did to us on the James Byrd hate crimes bill," she said. "He'll always put himself before us. He'll sell us down the river in a minute." For more info on the march, go to: http://www.mmow.org.
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