North Carolina state senator Joel Ford is a candidate in the Democratic primary to become the Mayor of Charlotte. Being asked about his record on the rights of sexual minorities he responded with a pooping dog GIF animation. Sen. Ford, who is hoping to unseat incumbent Democratic Mayor Jennifer Roberts, in part was one of those who attempted to legally allow the officials to ‘exempt’ themselves from same-sex marriages. In a tweet responding to accusations of homophobia from LGBT activists this week, Sen. Ford cryptically posted an animation he is believed to have taken from the Twitter GIF gallery. Speaking to WFAE, his campaign manager said: “He used that one, because he thinks that when people like that come for him on Twitter… it’s easier than sitting down and typing out the same response each time. I think there’s a disconnect between trying to use GIFs as a way to communicate with people and what they actually mean. You end up with a problem like this where what he wants to convey and what comes across [are] two different things”.