Pastor's endorsement claims mayoral candidate Dan Lewis 'opposes gay agenda'
September 15, 2017 05:49 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Generally, candidates look for endorsements. They often gloat about which groups or community leaders give them the nod of approval.
But mayoral candidate Dan Lewis is taking heat for an endorsement he received from a church leader who stated he supports Lewis because he would never support the "homosexual agenda."
The endorsement came from Legacy Church Pastor Steve Smothermon. On his social media, he wrote, "I wholeheartedly support Dan Lewis for mayor. He's the one true believer in the race, and would never in anyway support the homosexual agenda."
The post has gone viral and a lot of people have already sounded off about it. 4 Investigates spoke to Lewis directly about what this means.
"I go where I'm invited and I'm not going to discriminate against anybody in this city. I'm going to serve this city as mayor and respect the beliefs of everybody," Lewis said when asked about conversations he had with Smothermon that led to an endorsement. "My agenda is to serve this city no matter who you are."
While on the campaign trail, Lewis spoke before the Legacy Church congregation. Smothermon is known for his anti-gay sermons and trying to stick his nose into local politics.
KOB: "Did you ever have conversations with Pastor Smothermon about a quote unquote homosexual agenda?"
Lewis: "I have not and you have to ask him what he meant by that."
KOB: "Do you fear that this sends a bad message to the gay men and women who work at the City of Albuquerque if you were to be elected mayor?"
Lewis: "Look, I'm not sure what kind of splash it's had. Again, I go where I'm invited. I go to groups all over the city, some that I agree with and some that I don't. I go and talk about the challenges in our city and what somebody else meant by it, you'll have to go out and ask what they meant by it."
KOB: "Do you feel like you may have alienated gay men and women voters in Albuquerque?"
Lewis: "Not by what I said, absolutely not. As mayor, I will serve the entire city. No matter who you are, I will have great respect. I've demonstrated that as a city councilor, as a pastor, as a businessman."
KOB: "I certainly intend to ask Pastor Smothermon about what he meant by that, but have you reached out to him and asked what he meant by that? This is an endorsement of you."
Lewis: "You know a lot of people have said they support me. So as far as an official endorsement, I don't know what that means and I don't know what an agenda means that he was talking about."
Phone calls to Smothermon were not returned.
Updated: September 15, 2017 05:49 AM
Created: September 14, 2017 08:28 PM
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