DNC Anti-Gay Lawsuit is Getting Nastier

January 17, 2008 at 1:42 pm Leave a comment

Lesbian Democratic activists Claire is being accused of perjury and defamation as part of an anti-gay discrimination lawsuit against the DNC by Donald Hitchcock reports the Washington Blade.

Legal documents filed in D.C. Superior Court this week and obtained by the Blade allege that Claire Lucas, a longtime Democratic National Committee volunteer and National Stonewall Democrats board member, committed perjury when she filed an affidavit asserting that she does not live in Washington.

The affidavit, filed Jan. 4, was part of efforts to quash a subpoena ordering Lucas to sit for a deposition in a lawsuit that alleges the DNC discriminated against a former gay employee.

Attorneys for Donald Hitchcock, the plaintiff in the case, say in their filing that Lucas “is a legal resident of the District of Columbia” because she owned two homes in Washington and claimed a “homestead deduction” for one of them that is only available to those legally residing within the city.

The homestead deduction is part of a D.C. government program aimed at helping home owners who live in their homes reduce their property tax burden, which mushroomed over the past decade due to rising property values. D.C. property records show that Lucas last month sold her home at 3504 Rodman St., N.W., on which she claimed the Homestead deduction.

Lucas is a long time volunteer with the DNC and serves on Hillary Clinton’s LGBT Steering Committee.

Hitchcock’s attorneys also made public emails between Lucas and DNC staffers discussing how to respond to a letter to the editor criticizing the DNC.

Offered as relevant exhibits are e-mails sent by Lucas that show how she and other DNC figures responded to a letter that Hitchcock wrote criticizing the DNC. The letter was published in the Blade on Feb. 9, 2007.

“Ugh,” Lucas wrote to Finney and others. “What a complete loser (and I am happy to put that in writing).”

Karen Finney, the DNC’s communications director, agreed in her response.

“Ugh,” she wrote. “Yes I just saw it. We’ll regroup this morning and figure out a response.”

In an e-mail to Finney and Bond dated Feb. 12, Lucas said D.C. gay Democratic activist Kurt Vorndran, one of her “political mentors,” advised her that it would be best to publish a direct response “and then come back over a couple of weeks with some pro-DNC editorials.”

“One response to Donald and that is it,” she wrote. “We do not want to give him too many legs. As Kurt said, ‘Donald is self-destructing.’ Again, I am open to anything. Let me know.”

After a response was crafted, Carl Chidlow, the DNC’s finance director, thanked Lucas for her assistance.

Read the full story at www.washblade.com.

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