Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp lashed out at New Jersey Assemblyman Jerry Green (D) this week after the lawmaker said that a blogger was a “danger to society” because he was caught having gay sex in a parked car.
Late last month, 75-year-old Dan Damon was arrested on charges of public lewdness after police allegedly caught him performing oral sex on a 23-year-old man. Damon, who is a well-known blogger in Plainfield, serves as a library trustee. He had also worked as a spokesperson for the city, and he was involved in the mayor’s campaign and transition teams.
Following the arrest, Green blasted Mayor Mapp for not speaking out against Damon sooner.
“This is a 75-year-old man having sex with a 23-year-old man who happens to be a Latino,” Green told MyCentralJersey.com. “The mayor has yet to come out and say anything at all, which is totally shocking. It’s not that he doesn’t know that (Damon) has a sickness.”
The assemblyman added: “I’m just hoping nobody gets killed or hurt and that somebody in the administration recognizes that this is a danger to society.”
In a MyCentralJersey.com op-ed published on Tuesday, the mayor fired back at Green.
“The above quote from Assemblyman Green is shocking at best,” Mapp wrote. “I am appalled that he would 1) consider being gay a ‘sickness,’ 2) suggest that gay people are prone to committing violence and murder, and, 3) consider being gay as a ‘danger to society.'”
“Someone ought to remind Assemblyman Green of the following: The train carrying the homophobes has left the 20th century station and it no longer stops in Plainfield,” the mayor concluded. “Assemblyman Green owes the LGBT community a huge public apology.”
For his part, Green insisted on Tuesday that the remarks about Damon were not anti-gay.
“The people I have spoken to in the gay community know Mapp is trying to turn the issue,” he explained to PolitickerNJ. “I was not the one caught in a car with another man. The mayor’s response seems to mean that people can have sex [in public] all over the City of Plainfield. He sounds like a total idiot.”
“I don’t understand why I have to apologize,” Green continued. “At no times did I discuss a sexual preference. Mr. Mapp – I cant even call him Mayor Mapp – he’s a total embarrassment to this community.”
“I was one of the first persons in the African American community to come out for the rights of the gay community ten years ago… I don’t owe anyone an apology, particularly not to Mayor Mapp… I don’t need to be told what to do by an opportunist and a backstabber.”