There’s an interesting article in today’s Helena IR about Helena City Commissioner Dan Ellison (the conservative on the commission). Mr. Ellison used last night’s City Commission meeting to publicly assail one of the IR‘s best reporters, Sanjay Talwani.
It looks like Mr. Ellison felt that the reporter mischaracterized him in an article last week. The blurb stated that he “abstained” from a vote on the non-discrimination ordinance, which will help protect LGBT people from discrimination. In fact, he did not voice his support but also did not oppose (which one might call an abstention). Mr. Ellison took issue with that, because technically it was not a “vote” under procedural rules.
The Independent Record ran a front-page story Saturday correcting the error and outlining Ellison’s concerns, as expressed Friday in a telephone interview. In particular, [Mr. Ellison] asked whether a nondiscrimination ordinance should also apply to various other groups — he mentioned the bald and the left-handed, among others — that might also suffer discrimination.
I hadn’t realized that left-handed people can’t find a landlord who will rent to them. But I’m glad Mr. Ellison was given front page real estate in the capital city’s newspaper to discuss this important problem.
Not satisfied with the whole extra article he got, he used the commission meeting not to work on expanding the Helena non-discrimination ordinance to the bald and left-handed, for whom he had previously voiced concern, but to lecture everyone else about the “injustice” that was done to him.