As I’ve previously reported, the Gemma campaign has for months been plagued by desperate stunts. But the most troubling pattern that has surfaced is what a former Gemma staffer describes as pervasive homophobia.
Charles Drago has been a key Gemma adviser and vocal surrogate since 2010 and has received $10,500 from the Gemma campaign. Recently, the Gemma campaign rightfully denounced a disgusting tweet by staffer Anthony Sionni.
Later that evening, I posted a couple of homophobic slurs made by Charles Drago directed at David Cicilline in 2009. Below are a couple more slurs made by Drago around the same time. If this kind of bile is coming from one of the campaign’s top advisers, then I can only imagine what kind of conversations are taking place at the water cooler. Kind of makes you cringe.
In the first example, Drago refers to Providence Councilman Terry Hassett as someone who has an “ankle-gripping obseisance” to Cicilline. In the next example, Drago says the term teabagging is in reference to a date between Cicilline and radio host John DePetro. Drago clearly has no shame nor decency.
Will the Gemma campaign denounce these horrible homophobic slurs?