NJ Democrats Wiggle and Waffle

Timothy Kincaid

November 19th, 2009

sweeneyYou know that marriage equality bill that the Democrats in New Jersey promised over the lame duck session? Well it now looks like that was just the usual sleight of hand we’ve been getting from the Democratic Party as of late. (nj.com)

[Upcoming] Senate Majority Leader Stephen Sweeney said today it would be irresponsible for Democrats to bring a bill to a vote if they are not sure it will pass.

So it might be killed in committee.

As legislators try to finagle votes for one side or another, Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) said he would not bring the bill up for a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee — even though enough people in the committee supported it to pass — unless the Democrats could prove they had the votes to pass it outright.

You know, the same ol’ BS. Yeah we ‘don’t have the votes’ and we won’t tell you who is opposed to equality or unwilling to take a stand but gosh golly we are going to need your dollars, your time, and your help in our campaigns. And if you knew exactly who didn’t give a rat’s ass about you, well ya just might not work as hard for us.

I’ll tell you who I think doesn’t give a rat’s ass.

I’ll start with Stephen Sweeney. And I’ll follow with every person who does not stand up and make a proactive effort to get this passed. “Oh, I just followed the leadership” means exactly the same as, “I don’t give a rat’s ass any more than the leadership does” and should be rewarded with the same.

There is a narrow window. And the people of the state are behind marriage equality. But some of these New Jersey politicians are living up to the stereotype of New Jersey politicians.

There are some wonderful people in Jersey. Some of them are gay, and many many more are friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances who value their gay loved ones more than they value their elected official’s career.

Maybe it’s time that we got the list of Sweeney’s donors and found those with gay friends and family. Maybe a personal appeal from those loved ones might encourage them that a better use for the political donations could be found.

Who knows, maybe we could make enough of a change that Sweeney might suddenly find that he gives a rat’s ass.

Robert in San Diego

November 19th, 2009

Your absolutely right, they do not need 1 more dollar or dime from me, I will not campaign or carry a sign for these weenies who are too afraid to stand up and fight for me.


November 19th, 2009

Until they know the GayTM is truly out of order, these pols will continue to treat the LGBT community as the old faithful Democratic Supporter and Voter.

A few happy words of support and empty promises don’t work with me, I want to see action.

But then again the LGBT community falls for the Republicans would be much worse.

Not for me, not in the midterms.


November 20th, 2009

Dream on. Nothing will get them to vote on this, just like in New York. They don’t want to touch marriage equality with a 10 foot pole…they treat the issue like Kryptonite.


November 20th, 2009

Much as I approve of not donating to politicians who do not represent your views, do not pretend that anyone who does not think the same way as you is some sort of coward. If the voters of New Jersey do indeed support marriage equality, they are actually taking a risk.


November 20th, 2009

but this isn’t about supporting/not supporting those who share/don’t share a view. It’s about the fact that they aren’t telling us what they actually support.


November 20th, 2009

Ya gotta remember this is NJ we’re talking about. You know, the same place that’s run by the mafia?


November 22nd, 2009

Too large a percentage of African American voters in NJ might be why.

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