Gary Whalen, Tea Party Favorite for Phoenix City Council, Pulls Out of Race After Incident Involving Alleged Ex-Boyfriend Bubbles Up

Gary Whalen pulls out of the Phoenix City Council race.
Gary Whalen, a conservative candidate vying for a District 1 Phoenix City Council seat, withdrew his name from the ballot this morning.

He also pulled down his campaign website (electgarywhalen.com) and scrubbed his Facebook page.

Whalen is retreating from the race after New Times wrote about his January arrest at his north Phoenix home. Police report that Whalen got drunk at a bar, came home and busted down a bedroom door where his roommate was sleeping. The police report identifies that man as Whalen's ex-boyfriend and states that Whalen locked the man out in his underwear after striking him with a piece of wood broken off the door.

Phoenix election officials say they can't remember a time in recent history that a candidate has pulled out of the race after qualifying for the ballot.


Another Phoenix City Council would-be candidate -- Ben Bethel, owner of the Clarendon Hotel -- dropped out of the race for Phoenix City Council's District 7 after New Times' Ray Stern wrote about his 1996 drug convictions.

Whalen already had collected enough signatures to show up on the ballot, so he wrote a brief note to the Phoenix City Clerk:

"I officially withdraw from the Phoenix City Council race. Please ensure that my name does not appear on the ballot. Thank you."

Since Whalen pulled out at least 75 days before the election, his name will not be on the printed ballot. Indeed, Whalen was a Tea Party favorite who touted his conservative leanings.

Whalen could have thought that a plea agreement crafted to dismiss the assault charges after he completed counseling with a domestic-violence-diversion program meant the January 23 incident would disappear.

Nothing ever does.

Read our previous posts, with links to original police and court records, about Whalen's pretending not to be Whalen and trying to pass off the January incident on a "Gaby Whalen."

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vitriol
vitriol

I thought new times was a liberal paper. Why all the hatred of gay men? Monica Alonzo got her child taken away from her for beating him because he is gay. I have never seen any paper go after someone with such hatred just because he is gay. I guess that's why they have lost all of their gay advertisers. Who are they going after next? Strippers and prostitutes? Who will advertise after that happens?

Rcrowell12
Rcrowell12

A another fine "you better start living like I do" conservative and HE'S GAY. And of course a little punk bully and liar. Everyone of these tea party jokers ought to be made to live on the streets and then they can enter a reeducation program where they can be trained to be a decent, civil, honest human being, regardless of their sexual persuasion. And if they just can't seem to get the hate and their need to need to know what someones personal business is then I guess it's the gulag.

teknik1200
teknik1200

At first I was wondering how a gay man can even be in the t-party.. but then looking at his violent past, I have a feeling he holds some deep grudges against himself.

ElExtranjero
ElExtranjero

"Whalen was a Tea Party favorite who touted his conservative leanings".  As long as those leanings included BCC.  LoL.  Well, there goes another great conservative leader in this great state.

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wherewasi
wherewasi

The other thing about this story that really got my attention is that a drink-induced domestic violence incident between a homosexual male and his inter-racial partner is paired with a "right with conservative Tea Party" run for office.

Leaves me hearing chirping crickets.  I have no problem with homosexuality or inter-racial relationships.  It's just the whole "conservative" platform that seems so out of place...

Gary, hope you got the help you need.  Thanks for walking away.

wherewasi
wherewasi

What a friggin disappointment!  I was sure that the Evil Twin story would be good for at least a few more days of entertainment!!

This boy has no fight in him.  What a quitter!

Mistalee
Mistalee

Fortunately, he still has a shot at fame by competing in the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Qualifier.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

But I bet "gaby" will want to stay on the ballot!

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

Damn-it. How many faggots does the Tea Party KKKonservanuts have in their mudpile?

vitriol
vitriol

obviously you have never met Mr. Whalen. He doesn't tell anyone how to live their life. As for the court case, it was expunged. Not just dismissed, expunged. Legally it never happened. 

vitriol
vitriol

I guess you didn't read their retraction on this story. lol

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