It looks like the irrepressible Robert Cortese has picked a pet issue to back this election season: repealing San Jose’s fireworks ban. Two Tuesdays ago, the magnificently-coiffed karaoke king of San Jose-turned District 9 council candidate turned up at the San Jose City Council meeting. Sensing an infringement on every pyrotechnically inclined, red-blooded American’s right to handle gunpowder while partying, he pleaded for the council to change its ban on explosives. By the looks of his Facebook page, he’s also trying to drum up a grassroots effort to bring fireworks back to the city.
A week earlier, responding to a question about same-sex marriage at a form held at Cambrian School, he launched into a speech about being an unashamed fanboy of George Takei, the actor who played Sulu on the original Star Trek. “I’m a Star Trek fan, and I love George Takei, and George Takei is in a same-sex marriage,” he told the 50-some residents gathered. “I’m really a fan of that actor, and I can’t say that I want to deny him the right to be married.”
Cortese later e-mailed Fly to report that his forum response was inspired by a YouTube video posted on a Metro reporter’s Facebook page. In that video, Takai and his partner Brad Altman were encouraging same-sex couples to fill out their censuses properly.
“Seeing that video with Sulu and his partner really touched a nerve with me,” Cortese wrote. “I am a fanatical trekkie. I never knew George Takai was gay before that. I think it really opened up a lot of eyes at that meeting last night that they should put some of that bigotry and hate aside.”
For the record, District 9 candidates Jim Cogan and Don Rocha both said everyone should have the right to marry, but did not state an opinion about Star Trek. Larry Pegram and Chad Greer, said they support only “traditional” marriage, but did not mention Caption James T. Kirk or his penchant for alien chicks. No word yet as to Cortese’s position on the Prime Directive or the current state of Ferengi Trade Alliance.