Local Politics

Former Raleigh mayor sues over letter claiming he's gay

Posted May 22, 2009 4:58 p.m. EDT
Updated May 24, 2009 8:19 a.m. EDT

— 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."