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    November 11, 2006

    With Dems like these...

    Posted by: Chris

    …who needs Republicans?

    Harold Ford to lead the party?
    Haroldpissed_1 * HRC Score 108th Congress: 44
    * HRC Score 109th Congress: 25
    Backs federal marriage amendment, and punitive state constitutional amendment banning gay couples from marrying.

    John Murtha for House Majority Leader?
    Murtha_1 * HRC Score 107th Congress: 33
    * HRC Score 108th Congress: 17
    * HRC Score 109th Congress: 63
    Has refused to co-sponsor even Employment Non-Discrimination or hate crimes legislation; opposes abortion rights.

    *=Human Rights Campaign score on gay and HIV/AIDS issues.

    Thank God for Barney, pushing instead for Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer (HRC scores: 100, 100, 88)



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    1. Alan on Nov 12, 2006 11:48:13 AM:

      Harold Ford Jr. is the poster child for the "new Democrat." At times I believe this means a Republican in Democratic clothes.

      His sanctimonious homophobia is probably what cost him the election as Tennessee gays stayed home inasmuch as no one was really fighting the gay marriage question.

    1. Citizen Crain on Nov 12, 2006 1:48:38 PM:

      You give the people a choice between a Republican and a Republican and they'll choose the Republican every time... ;)

    1. Alan on Nov 13, 2006 12:38:56 PM:

      From AmericaBlog here's a broader indication of Rep. Murtha's voting record and an interesting final point.

      0% - NARAL (pro-choice group)
      0% - Planned Parenthood
      34% - Humane Society
      44% - ACLU
      45% - US PIRG
      56% - League of Conservation Voters
      33% to 17% to 63% over 3 years - Human Rights Campaign (gay civil rights)
      74% - NAACP
      78% - Children's Defense Fund
      96% - Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
      100% - National Education Association (they're a good education group)

      28% - Focus on the Family, Family Research Council (religious right)
      50% - John Birch Society (insanely conservative)
      50% - Eagle Forum (Phyllis Schlafly)
      53% - Christian Coalition (religious right)
      70% - National Right to Life (anti-choice)
      92% - National Rifle Association

      And perhaps the even greater issue, Murth has ethics problems - he got an honorable mention on CREW's "most corrupt members of Congress" list. That is not good, at all. Especially after we just won an election on the corruption issue. At the very least, Murtha needs to clean up his house if he is going to become Majority Leader.

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