20 Western PA Democrats Who Sold Gays Out
FYI, here's the Southwestern Pennsylvania Democrats who want to protect marriage from homosexuals:
Vincent Biancucci of Aliquippa (Beaver county)
James Carorio of Irwin (Westmoreland county)
Peter Daley of California (Fayette and Washinton counties)
Anthony DeLuca of Penn Hills (Allegheny county)
Ted Harhai of Monessen (Westmoreland and Washington counties)
Nick Kotik of Robinson (Allegheny)
Victor Lescovitz of Midway (Allegheny, Beaver and Washington counties)
Dave Levdansky of Forward (Allegheny and Washington counties)
Joseph Markosek of Monroeville (Allegheny and Westmoreland counties)
John Pallone of New Kensington (Allegheny and Westmoreland counties)
Joseph Petrarca of Vandergrift (Armstrong and Westmoreland counties)
Thomas Petrone of Crafton (Allegheny county)
Sean Ramaley of Conway (Allegheny and Beaver county)
Harry Readshaw of Carrick (Allegheny county)
Larry Roberts of Hopwood (Fayette county)
Ken Ruffing of West Mifflin (Allegheny county)
James Shaner of Lemont Furnace (Fayette and Westmoreland counties)
Thomas Tangretti of Greensburg (Westmoreland county)
and, finally, the mac-daddy of sell outs to the gay community, the Democratic Leader
Bill DeWeese of Waynesburg (Fayette, Greene and Washington counties)
When Dan Frankel was discussing the passage of the so-called Marriage Protection Act in the PA House of Representatives on KDKA last week, he tersely addressed the issue that 20 Democrats voted in favor of the amendment. Frankel told me (I posed the question) that the burden is on the gay community and our allies to disprove the perception that a pro-homo vote is career suicide in their districts.
I agree that the community needs to reexamine our ability to mobilize constituents and generate the kind of political grassroots efforts that the AFA of PA and other wingnuts seems to do so well. We are doing goodwork but obviously we need to do better in order to avoid losing further ground and to unelect Rick Santorum.
But we still need to hold these legislators accountable for their votes. My comrades tell me firsthand accounts of Thomas Tangretti of Greensburgh repeatedly REFUSING to meet with a gay constituent (how busy could he be over a three month period?). Or being stonewalled by Joseph Markosek of Monroeville. I wish I had the opportunity to bring this up to Representative Frankel --- how are we supposed to get their attention when they won't even meet with us face to face? Is it shame? Fear? What?
The Republic of T put the entire issue of Democrats hemming over gay marriage (and other gay issues) perfectly:
Here's House Blend's Pam weighing in on this issue:
That's exactly what Dan Frankel told us on KDKA. Its our job. But we need our allies pure and simple. And they ain't stepping up. When Mike Divin votes the correct way and Bill DeWeese panders to homophobia, how do you combat that? When Tangretti and Markosek duck their constituents, how the hell are we supposed to make an impact?
These 20 Southwestern Pennsylvania Democrats are NOT doing THEIR job. They are violating the mission and spirit of the Democratic platform. They are hurting Pennsylvania families. They are counting on hate and fear to keep them in office.
While Howard Dean is busy "reaching out" to the 700 Club wingnuts, LGBT families are being told that we should do a better job of making the entire socio-political culture in the United States safe for Democrats to defend us.
We are on our own.