Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Outspoken: David Idol

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Outspoken: David Idol

Article excerpt

From September 2005 through the end of this year's primary season, I worked on Sean Patrick Maloney's unsuccessful campaign to win the Democratic nomination for New York attorney general. I started as an intern and finished as a political assistant for LGBT outreach in New York City.

I first met Sean when he came to speak at an NYU College Democrats meeting. He left a strong impression on me--he was smart, passionate, and genuine. The fact that he is gay made this all the more impressive to me.

Getting to know Sean turned out to be the most rewarding part of the campaign. During the early months before the election, we were working out of a one-room storefront in the West Village. Sean was always accessible and, he became an amazing mentor to me. As the months progressed the staff grew, headquarters moved uptown, and schedules became full. Still, Sean found time to talk.

One evening Sean and I were the only ones in the office--I was working on data entry, and he was drafting a letter for a mailer. …

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