After spending a decade (the 1960’s) in active politics as a campaign manager, legislative analyst, presidential advance man and president of the local Young Republican (the largest one in America), as well as having several girl friends in elective office, I decided that I never wanted to hold an elective office.
So I did the one thing I thought would permanently keep me from office. I agreed to be the subject of a book on human sexuality where I was nude (and more) and to be in several sex education videos.
It might have been a good idea at the time. Politics and the press were fairly Puritan. I remember a big man and good friend in the local Republican Party showing me some photos of the leading Black politician (Willie Brown) having sex with a white woman in a motel room. He asked whether it would be possible to get the photos published. My answer and the reality were ‘No!’.
The strange thing is that by the 1990’s in San Francisco, the cultural landscape had changed so much that my sexcapades would not have been disqualifying for public office. Look at the president at the time, Bill Clinton to know about the national mood. San Francisco was way ahead of that.