Marilyn Musgrave Ousted

Timothy Kincaid

November 8th, 2008

Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave is best known as the main sponsor of the anti-gay Federal Marriage Amendment in the 108th and 109th Congresses. This set her up as a major target for the gay community and a multi-year effort was initiated to remove her and her anti-gay activism from office.

On Tuesday, Musgrave lost her seat.

U.S. House District 4 Democratic candidate Betsy Markey beat out incumbent GOP Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave in Tuesday’s election.

Markey won with 55 percent of the votes compared to Musgrave’s 44 percent. With 89 percent of the precincts reporting, Musgrave has received 130,833 votes and Markey received 163,155 votes.

It was not just gay rights that led to her ouster. It was her focus on issues unrelated to her district. Her prioritization of conservative social issues was just an indication that her priorities were related to her own personal religious agenda and not to the day to day concerns of her constituents.

Michael Huttner, executive director of the Denver-based liberal activist group ProgressNowAction, said Markey’s wide margin of victory showed that Musgrave was unseated over more than just her views on gay marriage.

“She, perhaps more than any single elected (official) in Colorado, completely ignored the needs of her district,” he said.

“Rather than helping a record number of foreclosures and thousands of people who lack health care in her district, she spent her three terms with her single issue of bashing gays, which is just completely out of touch and mean- spirited,” Huttner said.

Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) was the chief sponsor in the Senate. Allard did not seek reelection this year. As of January, neither chief sponsor will be in Congress and the chief cheerleader for amending the US Constitution will no longer be in the White House.

Ampersand

November 8th, 2008

When I first glanced at the title, I misread “outed” instead of “ousted.” Now, that would have been quite a different story. :-P

Ben in Oakland

November 8th, 2008

Ding dong the witch is dead!

Or at least, not re-elected.

Stefano A

November 8th, 2008

Too bad the same can’t be said of Sally Kern.

John

November 8th, 2008

Good riddance. Pity that Ted Stevens & Jack Murtha weren’t given the boot as well.

Benjamin

November 8th, 2008

That Marilyn Musgrave is a major piece of work. You should see the YouTube parody that was done during 2006 on her. It was done by a young woman who pranced from scene to scene with her purse and Musgrave type dresses telling people that she was doing all kinds of wonderful things for Colorado including price gouging, ignoring education, makes sure her district has some of the highest forecloser rates in the country by siding with millionaire bankers over the interests of working families. She makes sure that students can’t afford a college education by voting to cut funding for student loan programs while at the same time raising interest rates for those loans….” Great Christian woman. NOT!!! Good riddance!

KZ

November 9th, 2008

Well, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Now she has plenty of time to work with Dr. Paul Cameron and prove (with undeniable FACTS, because that is on which Cameron bases his research) how giving the LGBT community any rights will doom the world.

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