Intern Who Helped Save Gabby Giffords Faces Anti-Gay Campaign

WASHINGTON — One of the heroes to emerge from the 2011 mass shooting near Tucson, Ariz., targeting then-Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), was intern Daniel Hernandez Jr., who helped save his congresswoman’s life. Later that year, he continued his public service when he was elected to the school board for the Sunnyside Unified School District, which covers southern Tucson and adjacent areas in Pima County.

Now, however, Hernandez is facing not only a recall campaign, but an anonymous anti-gay smear campaign as well.

Four of the five members of the school board, in fact, are facing recall.

On one side are the two opponents of superintendent Manuel Isquierdo — including Hernandez. On the other side are the superintendent’s supporters, who include board president Louie Gonzales. Hernandez and fellow board member Buck Crouch voted against extending Isquierdo’s contract in June, after news broke about his financial and legal issues.

Community members launched a recall effort against Gonzales and another Isquierdo supporter, Bobby Garcia, a month ago. Last week, supporters of Gonzales began a retaliatory recall effort against Hernandez and Crouch.

Source: Huffington Post