Practicing political tolerance, San Francisco style

Maria  Conchita Alonso Armed and dangerous?

Maria Conchita Alonso
Armed and dangerous?

Some of our local progressives are working up a sweat because a real, live conservative candidate for governor, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, will be in town next month to address some like-minded citizens.

He has been known to consort with Tea Party partisans, sufficient proof to some local hand wringers that the teabagers are taking over the local Republican Party. While many Democratic Party strategists would see this as a positive development for the Dems, some view this possibility as a stain on our community.

But if we are to practice what we preach, Donnelly should be given the opportunity to make his case to anybody who’s willing to listen. If nothing else, that would put us a step ahead of San Francisco when it comes to political tolerance.

Cuban-born actress and singer Maria Conchita Alonso was forced recently to give up the lead role in a Spanish-language production of “The Vagina Monologues” in San Francisco when it became known she made a wacky video with Donnelly.

“They were saying they were going to burn-down the theater, they were going to boycott the show,” Alonso said in explaining her resignation.

“We really can’t have her in the show, unfortunately,” explained producer Eliana Lopez, presumably an advocate of free artistic expression, but within limits. “Of course, she has the right to say whatever she wants, but we’re in the middle of the Mission District (a heavily Hispanic neighborhood).”

Alonso’s conservative sympathies are well known. She has criticized Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, endorsed John McCain for president, and opposed the re-election of Barack Obama. But apparently embracing the Tea Party was just too much.

But we’re better than that, right?

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