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Florida city official faces ouster over sex change
The Seattle Times ^ | 3/2/07 | Phil Davis

Posted on 03/02/2007 9:43:40 AM PST by XR7

LARGO, Fla. — Steve Stanton professed his love for the city and asked the people of Largo to support his decision to undergo a sex change and allow him to keep his $140,000-a-year job as city manager.

To his sorrow, the answer came back no.

Almost 500 people packed City Hall on Tuesday night for a special meeting to decide if they would accept someone named Susan instead of Steve as their top official. And while many spoke eloquently in his defense, more called for his ouster.

"If Jesus was here tonight, I can guarantee you he'd want him terminated," said Pastor Ron Saunders of Largo's Lighthouse Baptist Church. "Make no mistake about it."

At the end of the 3 ½-hour meeting, the City Commission voted 5-2 to begin the legal process of firing Stanton, who went public about his sex-change plans after learning that a local newspaper was about to reveal his secret. The 48-year-old married father of a teenage boy can appeal his dismissal, and the commission must vote again to formally fire him from the job he has held for 14 years...

"It's just real painful to know that seven days ago I was a good guy and now I have no integrity, I have no trust and, most painful, I have no followers," Stanton told the crowd before the vote.

His announcement stunned this city of 76,000 near St. Petersburg. Stanton said he had planned to reveal his secret this summer when his 13-year-old son was out of school...

Commissioner Gay Gentry praised Stanton, but said, "I sense that he has lost his standing as a leader among the employees of the city."

Gerard and Commissioner Rodney Woods — the first black commissioner in the city's 102-year history — cast the only votes in Stanton's favor.

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: mentallyill; perversion; selfish
"It's just real painful to know that seven days ago I was a good guy and now I have no integrity, I have no trust and, most painful, I have no followers," Stanton told the crowd...

Duh.

1 posted on 03/02/2007 9:43:43 AM PST by XR7
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City Manager Steve Stanton, left, listens to a reporter's questions at a news
conference along with Fire Chief Jeffrey N. Bullock, center, and Chief of Police
Lester Aradi.
2 posted on 03/02/2007 9:46:11 AM PST by XR7
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To: XR7

He looks like Cindy Sheehan.


3 posted on 03/02/2007 9:48:31 AM PST by LtdGovt ("Where government moves in, community retreats and civil society disintegrates" -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: XR7

"It's just real painful to know that seven days ago I was a good guy and now I have no integrity, I have no trust and, most painful, I have no followers," Stanton told the crowd...

And soon he will have no...


4 posted on 03/02/2007 9:49:52 AM PST by flashbunny (<--- Free Anti-Rino graphics! And watch Rudy the Rino get exposed as a liberal with his own words!)
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To: XR7
One of the rules for leaders is to look back once in awhile and see if anyone is following.

Maybe the pain of self delusion is what you are feeling.
5 posted on 03/02/2007 9:50:00 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: XR7
How can people expect him to make logical and decisive decisions when he can't make up his mind if that thing sticking out his front is suppose to be there or not?

The people who voted him in didn't know his mental state, now they do they want his butt out and I sure don't blame them.

6 posted on 03/02/2007 9:51:55 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: LtdGovt

LOL


7 posted on 03/02/2007 9:52:04 AM PST by XR7
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To: XR7
"If Jesus was here tonight, I can guarantee you he'd want him terminated," said Pastor Ron Saunders of Largo's Lighthouse Baptist Church. "Make no mistake about it."

I'm kind of thinking Jesus wouldn't want you tending his flock, "Pastor".

8 posted on 03/02/2007 9:52:07 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (I'm holding out hope that at least the DEMOCRATS might accidentally nominate a conservative.)
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To: XR7
Like this guy?


9 posted on 03/02/2007 9:52:40 AM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: LtdGovt
"He looks like Cindy Sheehan."

...only prettier!

10 posted on 03/02/2007 9:53:32 AM PST by RightResponse (It depends on what the defamation of Islam is .....)
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To: wagglebee

ping.


11 posted on 03/02/2007 9:54:18 AM PST by XR7
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To: Psycho_Bunny



Ditto....................


12 posted on 03/02/2007 10:02:02 AM PST by Red Badger (Britney Spears shaved her head............Well, that's one way of getting rid of headlice.........)
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To: XR7

The police and firechief look like they would rather be someplace else.......ANYPLACE else!......


13 posted on 03/02/2007 10:03:22 AM PST by Red Badger (Britney Spears shaved her head............Well, that's one way of getting rid of headlice.........)
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To: Red Badger

I guess they aren't very liberal or tolerant about this in Largo Florida. Heck in San Francisco, I bet this story wouldn't even be a blip on the radar screen in the news there about a sex change operation.

I guess some people just aren't tolerant and get shocked by stuff like this.


14 posted on 03/02/2007 10:07:34 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: XR7
A local tabloid ran the following headline:

A Boy Named Sue

15 posted on 03/02/2007 10:11:41 AM PST by Retired Chemist
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To: XR7
"It's just real painful to know that seven days ago I was a good guy and now I have no integrity, I have no trust and, most painful, I have no followers"

I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named Sue.....

16 posted on 03/02/2007 10:21:37 AM PST by NRA1995 (They should've shredded Saddam Hussein...)
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To: XR7

If you're on a council, never resist an opportunity to play nanny!I understand that in Florida making personal medical decisions is almost as serious a violation as flying the Stars and Strips from your condo.


17 posted on 03/02/2007 10:24:51 AM PST by BlazingArizona
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To: Psycho_Bunny
I'm kind of thinking Jesus wouldn't want you tending his flock, "Pastor".

The Pastor was right on, although Jesus would presumably find some way of making the boy named Sue see the light.

18 posted on 03/02/2007 10:26:34 AM PST by JohnnyZ ("I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose" -- Mitt Romney, April 2002)
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To: XR7

Maybe people just don't trust a guy in a dress?


19 posted on 03/02/2007 10:29:22 AM PST by Bob J (RIGHTALK.com...a conservative alternative to NPR!)
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To: XR7

"If Jesus was here tonight, I can guarantee you he'd want him terminated,'

Heh. Because we know Jesus was just all over sex change operations, wasn't he?


20 posted on 03/02/2007 10:29:33 AM PST by gcruse (Having half-white Obama play the race card is like Michael Jackson playing the gender card.)
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To: XR7

I'm wondering where the ACLU is? Probably just waiting in the wings until Stanton gets his pink slip, then they'll come on the scene.


21 posted on 03/02/2007 10:35:07 AM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Bob J

We had a guy in a dress here about ten years ago. He was 6' and 225lb. Two of the girls in Acct., both about 4'9" went into the ladies room and he's standing in the stall with the doors open. They were horrified.


22 posted on 03/02/2007 10:41:01 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: RightResponse

Cindy is much more butch.


23 posted on 03/02/2007 10:43:38 AM PST by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Championship U)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Tolerance is just another word for acceptance.........
24 posted on 03/02/2007 11:00:17 AM PST by Red Badger (Britney Spears shaved her head............Well, that's one way of getting rid of headlice.........)
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To: lilylangtree
"I'm wondering where the ACLU is? Probably just waiting in the wings until Stanton gets his pink slip, then they'll come on the scene."



Oh guaranteed! And if Kennedy, Frank, and Meahan get their way, this will be a hate crime.
25 posted on 03/02/2007 11:02:13 AM PST by gidget7 (2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:)
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To: JohnnyZ

lol


26 posted on 03/02/2007 1:07:40 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (I'm holding out hope that at least the DEMOCRATS might accidentally nominate a conservative.)
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To: Red Badger
Tolerance is just another word for acceptance.........

And allowing what everyone knows is immoral, perverse, or incorrect.
27 posted on 03/02/2007 4:07:26 PM PST by Jaysun (I took one look at her unfashionable eyebrows and thought to myself, "she's literally crazy.")
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To: XR7
Can I risk the moderate republicans' wrath and say it? Wanting to mutilate the body that God gave you is overwhelming evidence of mental aberration. That is in a sane society; not the one the liberal left has created.
28 posted on 03/02/2007 4:50:41 PM PST by samm1148 (Pennsylvania-They haven't taxed air--yet)
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To: XR7

Two words, Mr. Stanton: San Francisco. In that town, the sky will be the limit for you.


29 posted on 03/02/2007 9:33:22 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: LtdGovt; RightResponse
He looks like Cindy Sheehan...

Or Jimmy Carter?

30 posted on 03/02/2007 10:36:20 PM PST by XR7
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To: XR7
"If Jesus was here tonight, I can guarantee you he'd want him terminated," said Pastor Ron Saunders of Largo's Lighthouse Baptist Church. "Make no mistake about it."

LMAO!!!

31 posted on 03/02/2007 10:38:19 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Red Badger
The police and firechief look like they would rather be someplace else.......ANYPLACE else!......

Lol, you've got that right.

The Fire Chief receives a phone call:

What ? A cat stuck in a tree? I'll be right there !

Police Chief:

I'll secure the area for you , gotta go!

33 posted on 03/03/2007 6:00:48 AM PST by csvset
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To: lilylangtree
Probably just waiting in the wings until Stanton gets his pink slip...

Maybe he could borrow Rudy's. They look about the same size.

34 posted on 03/09/2007 12:04:52 AM PST by BykrBayb (Be careful what you ask for, and even more careful what you demand. ин)
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To: XR7

Update:

Sex-Change Seeker to Appeal Job Loss

``It's almost an obligation now,'' Stanton said. ``This isn't just about Steve Stanton.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6467784,00.html

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True, it's more about Susan Stanton.


35 posted on 03/09/2007 12:17:49 AM PST by BykrBayb (Be careful what you ask for, and even more careful what you demand. ин)
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To: BykrBayb
Maybe he could borrow Rudy's. They look about the same size.

LOL! Good one!

36 posted on 03/09/2007 2:01:40 PM PST by yellowdoghunter
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