Doyle Niemann is a Maryland politician and former member of the House of Delegates who recently ran (unsuccessfully) for Prince George’s County Council. As part of his outreach to Latino voters, Niemann relied on several Latino pastors, including the Pastor of Tabernaculo de la Fe, that formed a small coalition. That coalition allegedly placed 30-second commercials, without an authority line, on Telemundo. The commercial, aired in Spanish, showed photos of Delegates Ana Sol Gutiérrez and Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Senator Victor Ramirez, and Candidate Deni Taveras with a huge cross-out across their photographs because of their support of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014, which established anti-discrimination protections for the transgender community. The commercial went on to show adult men walking into a bathroom amid screaming semi-nude women. It said, Protect Your Family. And oppose these people who put your family in danger.
Niemann lost the election in a close race. Representing him in the recount was Jonathan Shurberg, himself a failed candidate for political office and a close friend of Dana Beyer, another failed candidate for office who believes lesbians are bigots for knowing that transwomen like Dana are male.
It is more than ironic that Shurberg would represent Niemann, who apparently ran a campaign in which he apparently benefited from dirty tactics at the expense of a constituency that he claims to care about. Niemann, of course, voted for the Fairness for All Marylanders Act while a state delegate.