Throughout the 2011 Glendale City Council Campaign, relations between candidate Mike Mohill and incumbent John Drayman have been strained, to say the least. Fresh off another bomb was dropped, this time by Mohill himself.
Mohill revealed that, though he has been married since 1977, he is gay, and that the two charges brought against him in the '80s for solicitation of lewd acts were the product of him having "gay sex in public." He did not comment as to who the men involved were or where the incidents took place.
Mohill claimed that his wife has known about his sexual orientation since his arrests in '87 and '88, and that, nonetheless, they maintain a "marriage in which we share a powerful affection and respect for each other."
Mohill went on to rail against Drayman, whom he blames for making this campaign "personal" rather than "public." Mohill claims that, for his part, his criticisms have been directed only toward Drayman's public life, rather than his personal life. Mohill then went on to state Drayman is "reputed to be gay himself."
To conclude, Mohill said "I would hope this statement would satisfy ... lewd curiosity. I'm not so naive as to believe this statement, as agonizing as it [is], will not severely hurt my election chances. How badly, only time will tell."
In an interview with Patch, Mohill's nephew, Cory Mohill-Smith, revealed that the he and his brother only found out about Mohill's sexual preference this Sunday. Mohill and his wife, Lorraine, had kept Mohill's sexuality and arrests a secret from both of their families.
In Mohill-Smith's opinion, Mohill was "forced to be outed" by Drayman. Though Mohill has gone so far as to liken Drayman to Adolf Hitler, Mohill-Smith maintained that his uncle has not "[attacked] Drayman on a personal level."
As for his aunt, Lorraine Mohill, Mohill-Smith reported she "has been completely consenting to all of his actions," and also remarked that Drayman "put [his] uncle in a corner."
Watch video of the city council meeting here (Mohill's declaration begins one hour one minute in.)
Update: At the end of the City Council Meeting, Drayman responded to Mohill's insinuations about his "reputedly gay" lifestyle with sarcasm. Drayman directed the community to the Vanguard Weekly Newsletter: "I can't believe I'm saying this," Drayman said, "but I would encourage you to read the most recent Vanguardian.
"You want to get to a flavor for this publication, read the most recent Vanguardian; it will tell you I'm having an affair with Jason Wells, who is the city editor of the Glendale News-Press, and we meet for secret rendezvous and gaze into each others' eyes. And you'll find out that Mr. Quintero is having a secret romance with my campaign manager. Why, they sat at a forum practically holding hands, thigh to thigh," Drayman recounted sarcastically.
Drayman referred to all Mohill's accusations as "wild." He also remarked "when [Mohill's] mouth is moving, you can tell [he's lying]."
Stay tuned for further coverage of the City Council Campaign.
Up next: an exclusive look at the allegations against Drayman. In a one-on-one interview with Patch, the councilman spoke in depth on ADI, his condo renovation, campaign contributions and lessons learned.