Bob McNair Retracts $10,000 Contribution to Houston Anti-HERO GroupBy Adam Polaski • October 23, 2015 • 4:15 pm
Today in Houston, Bob McNair, owner of professional football’s Houston Texans, announced that he was retracting his $10,000 contribution to the opponents of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance. Opponents of non-discrimination have been running an ugly television advertising campaign specifically designed to instill fear in Houstonians with lies and massive distortions of the truth – and many have amplified transphobic rhetoric clearly targeted at transgender people.
Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Houston Unites, said today:
“Like Bob McNair, many Houstonians are taking a step back and realizing the opposition’s ads on the Equal Rights Ordinance are intended to raise anxiety with outright distortions and, quite frankly, lies. When you take a second look, the Equal Rights Ordinance protects all Houstonians from discrimination and makes Houston a place everyone can be proud to call home. And that’s why the majority of small and large businesses in Houston support Proposition 1.”
Mr. McNair said today:
“To my great dismay, Campaign for Houston made numerous unauthorized statements about my opposition to HERO in print, broadcast and social media – including attributing certain statements of belief to me. Their actions and statements were never discussed with nor approved by me. Therefore I instructed the Campaign to return my contribution. I do not believe in or tolerate personal or professional discrimination of any kind.”