IRVINE — Leaders of the victorious campaign for Measure N, an anti-homosexual rights initiative, have called a news conference on Monday to clear up issues surrounding the involvement of the Rev. Louis P. Sheldon in their campaign and organization.
Irvine Values Coalition members are discounting statements from Sheldon indicating that he was responsible for their success.
"Sheldon seems to be taking credit for our hard labor. It couldn't be further from the truth," coalition President Scott Peotter said after the election. The Irvine Values Coalition is not officially affiliated with Sheldon's statewide Traditional Values Coalition.
Measure N, which excludes homosexuals from protection under the city's anti-discrimination law, passed 53% to 47%.
Measure N opponents frequently complained of "outside forces"--referring to Sheldon--influencing the campaign.
At a post-election victory party, Sheldon told the Irvine World News: "I've been in it up to here," gesturing to his chin. "We just couldn't let the other side know it until now."
The day after the election, Sheldon held a press conference claiming that he helped plan strategy for the Irvine Values Coalition.