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Former Raleigh mayor sues over letter claiming he's gay

Posted May 22, 2009
Updated May 24, 2009

— A former Raleigh mayor on Friday filed suit against a talk show host who forwarded a letter suggested he was gay.

Tom Fetzer, who served as mayor from 1993 to 1999, is running to be chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. He said an anonymous letter was sent to GOP leaders claiming that he is a homosexual.

Fetzer said Curtis Wright, a radio and television talk show host in Wilmington, forwarded the letter to the officials. Fetzer sued Wright and the stations where he works.

"I am not gay – never have been, never will be. There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever to support any of the scurrilous allegations made in the anonymous attack on me," Fetzer wrote in a letter to Republicans. "I will spare no cost or hardship in defending my good name. I intend to vigorously pursue legal action against any and all who spread these lies."


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  • ListentoMeNow May 22, 2009

    He is surely making a big deal out of this. I agree with the other comment, he is making this sound like some horrific act has been forced upon him. I think maybe he's not sure of himself enough to just let it go. There is a part of him that thinks he might be gay but his need for public acceptance has to react to any such suggestion as if it were threatening his very life. I want to be a psychologist. Or just a psycho. LOL

  • kakasurfcity May 22, 2009

    Defending one's good name? Being gay? You can be gay and have a great name. How does his statement make sense?

  • ifcdirector May 22, 2009

    I know personally he is not gay because he and I have dated a few of the same women over the years here in Raleigh and I think I would have been told if he had been. What was I told? I was told he was a fine gentleman and a upstanding person which I knew anyway having followed his service to the people of this city over the years and having met him a few times myself. I hope he is successful in his lawsuit and it's a shame the levels people will stoop to to attempt to defame a good man like him.

  • dmccall May 22, 2009

    Now, for it to be a "slanderous remark", the underlying value would be that homosexuality is a "lesser" state than heterosexuality. This should be an interesting statement by the judge.

  • teacher-mom May 22, 2009

    Well, with all the pro gay/lesbian media, he might be better off to let them "think" he is gay.

  • Mom2two May 22, 2009

    I don't care one way or the other, but "me thinks thou dost protest too much.'

  • IdoNOTliveinDurham May 22, 2009

    As Jerry Seinfield would say "not that there is anything wrong with that..."

    Beat me to it LOL

  • dta27615 May 22, 2009

    me thinks he doth protest too much... otherwise, who really cares?

  • colliedave May 22, 2009

    and by suing he is just bringing attention to the issue.

  • Just the facts mam May 22, 2009

    As Jerry Seinfield would say "not that there is anything wrong with that..."

    Good for Tom - I guess just because someone is single then some people can assume that the person is gay - which is usually not the case. Since over 50% of all marriages in the US end in divorce, it may be that some people are smart enough to not to want to get themselves into potentially bad situations (like marriages can sometimes turn out to be).