President of anti-gay group advocates for Judy Green’s replacement (UPDATE)

Louisville’s favorite bigoted homophobe, Frank Simon of the American Family Association, is asking his followers to email Mayor Fischer and the Metro Council and tell them to replace Councilwoman Judy Green with Ray Barker Sr., who filed the original ethics complaint against Green and is the only person to put his hat in the ring to replace her, so far.

Here’s what the Southern Poverty Law Center-certified hate group had to say on Barker’s behalf:

Time for New Leadership On Metro Council District 1

Judy Green, Metro City Council Member from the 1st District of Jefferson County resigned recently. We would like to see Ray Barker take her place. He is an outstanding community leader; served in the military and as a Louisville Policeman. He is a conservative Christian.

Mr. Barker ran against Ms. Green in the last election and did very well.

Please click on the TAKE ACTION LINK at the bottom of this page to send a message to Mayor Greg Fischer, the council members and their staff, and ask them to consider Ray Barker for the remaining term of Judy Green in the 1st Metro Council District.

LEO Weekly called Barker for comment, and he was completely unaware that AFA had sent out such a message to its supporters. When asked if he would accept the endorsement of Simon and AFA, Barker initially said he would accept the support of anyone who advocated for his appointment to the council.

When asked if he had any misgivings about accepting the support of a SPLC-certified hate group, Barker said he wasn’t aware of that and would have to look into it before he commented further. He also reemphasized that he hadn’t asked for their support. Thirty minutes later, he called LEO to say his official comment is “no comment.”

In a letter sent to LEO Weekly this week, Barker says that with the conclusion of the Judy Green saga, now is a “time to heal” for Louisville, citing “the huge controversy in Louisville where the race card was used to divide us.” After calling for the city to heal by finding the common ground that unites us, Barker refers to his faith:

“I am a christian man and the bible teaches these three things: Faith, Hope and Love. But the greatest of these is Love. Our commonality outweighs things that divide us.”

Hard to argue with those words. But if you know Frank Simon, you know he’d likely be the first to do just that.

Here’s hoping Barker does the right thing on this one.

UPDATE: Sure enough, Ray Barker just called us back:

“I didn’t know that they were listed as a hate group. I didn’t know that until I went on the Internet and looked it up, and sure enough, wow. People are going to support whoever they want to support. And as far as Ray Barker is concerned, I’m an equal rights opportunist for all people. I believe that everyone should have equal opportunity. And that’s Ray Barker.”

Simon also gave an unsolicited endorsement to David Tandy in his race for mayor of Louisville last year, which Tandy vigorously rejected.


  1. brent black
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    on face book you call frank simon a bigot and homophobe. have you not violated lible and slander laws and do you consider this name calling responsible journalism or is spreading a failed left wing ideology your agenda and laws be damned?

  2. zing
    Posted September 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    LOL an “equal-rights opportunist.” We have too many of them in gubbmint already.

  3. Terri
    Posted September 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Isn’t it only libelous or slanderous if it’s not true? Frank Simon *is* a bigot. It’s demonstrably true.

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