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Bloomberg’s single issue advocacy

Timothy Kincaid

May 17th, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg flew to Albany today to lobby Republican New York State Senators to vote for marriage equality. The New York Times wrote about his trip.

I just got goose bumps.

The visit by Mr. Bloomberg, who has been among the biggest donors to Senate Republicans in recent years, came as lawmakers and same-sex marriage advocates begin a monthlong push to muster the small number of Republican votes needed to win approval of same-sex marriage in the Republican-controlled Senate.

In pledging to support senators who back same-sex marriage — “no matter where they stand on any other issue,” the mayor said — Mr. Bloomberg is dangling a potent political carrot: his money and muscle in the next election.

I can’t recall a straight politician of Bloomberg’s stature – in any party – ever basing the allocation of their considerable financial support and influence solely on a pro-gay position. Ever.

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Louis Flores
May 18th, 2011 | LINK

We wouldn’t be in the struggle for marriage equality now were it not for the fact that Mayor Bloomberg appealed a landmark 2005 marriage equality ruling. The author of this article isn’t writing the whole history of the marriage equality fight (at least what happened back in 2005), to give the recent movement some context. The strategy in NY State is legislative today, precisely because the judicial strategy failed in 2005 because Mayor Bloomberg appealed a decision that would have legalised marriage equality using the courts. Politicians are and have been standing in the way, so QR’s direct action strategy is very valid.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/02/06/national/main671958.shtml

If he really believed that marriage equality is the single most important issue facing New York State, why did Mayor Bloomberg appeal Judge Ling-Cohen’s 2005 ruling ? Granted, maybe the mayor has had an Ah-Ha moment in the time since, but it seems that the criticism by Sen. Duane in some versions of the A wire story moved by the AP seem to still paint the mayor as playing both sides of the same coin.

Timothy (TRiG)
May 18th, 2011 | LINK

Ugh. Rich people buying politicians. Ugh. Even if they’re doing it for a good cause.

What a screwed-up system you have over there. At least rich people buying Irish politicians have the decency to do it with brown envelopes in back rooms, not in the national press.

TRiG.

customartist
May 18th, 2011 | LINK

This will only level the playing field IF Bloomberg will offer $1 Million to those who vote FOR equality – as opposed to the $1 Million NOM has publicly treatened to use AGAINST those who vote for it.

Pender
May 18th, 2011 | LINK

Maybe add a link to the post…?

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