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She Didn't Endorse Clinton. So Why is San Antonio's Mayor on Her Endorsement List?

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After a recent Clinton campaign event in San Antonio, Mayor Ivy Taylor confirms that she does not endorse the candidate.

From Texas Standard:

In 2013, when Ivy Taylor – now the mayor of San Antonio – told council members she would oppose a sweeping non-discrimination ordinance there, the self-described Democrat was roundly criticized by many on the left.

Her response was telling: "I will not sacrifice my core values and beliefs for political gain," she said. "And if that was the expectation for me as a black woman... you've got the wrong sister in this seat."

Since that electric moment, few have dared to take Ivy Taylor's endorsement of support (or lack thereof) as a given. 

Someone in Hillary Clinton's camp did not get the memo.

The Clinton campaign recently released a list of Texas endorsements, which included TaylorPeggy Fikac with the San Antonio Express-News says Taylor was surprised to find her name on the list.

"The mayor's office quickly made it known that she was not endorsing Hillary Clinton in the run for president, [and] emphasized that she holds a non-partisan office and she didn't plan to take that sort of partisan stance," Fikac says.

According to Fikac, Clinton and Taylor met during the candidate's visit to San Antonio and that the mayor "spoke warmly and supportively of her effort," although miscommunication occurred on whether Taylor was willing to "have her name used publicly" in support of Clinton.

Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Calvert's name was also on the candidate's endorsement list of Texas Democrats in elected office, even though he has not officially endorsed Clinton.

Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.

Rhonda joined KUT in late 2013 as producer for the station's new daily news program, Texas Standard. Rhonda will forever be known as the answer to the trivia question, “Who was the first full-time hire for The Texas Standard?” She’s an Iowa native who got her start in public radio at WFSU in Tallahassee, while getting her Master's Degree in Library Science at Florida State University. Prior to joining KUT and The Texas Standard, Rhonda was a producer for Wisconsin Public Radio.
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