Chan's recorded talk leads to ethics complaint

Claim: Conversation was partisan, political


SAN ANTONIO – An ethics complaint was filed against San Antonio District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan nearly two weeks after a recording surfaced of Chan discussing a proposed non-discrimination ordinance in her office. 

On Aug. 15, a former staffer released a recording made with his phone of a May meeting in Chan's office. The councilwoman has said she was not aware the conversation was recorded.

During the discussion, Chan is heard saying on the tape, "This is my philosophy guys. Whatever you want to do in your bedroom is none of my business, but do not impose your view on other people, especially becoming policy, and that's all. Because personally I think it's just disgusting."

But that's not where the ethics complaint focuses.

D'mitri Kosub alleged Chan aide Jeff Bazan said, "To score the most political points, you have to stand up and be anti-gay." 

Kosub's complaint said, "This complaint alleges that a partisan political purpose was served because the discussion focused on how statements, actions, or policy administered by the office would be the partisan political group of voters who participate in the Republican Primary or those voters who the Councilwoman perceives constitute her partisan political base."

The City Attorney and the Compliance Auditor will review the complaint.

You can read the complaint here.