Debunking the Myth That Same Sex Marriage Lost Anthony Weiner's Seat to a Tea Party Candidate

There is a quiet effort to pin the failings of Democrats to beat a Tea Party candidate in the 2011 special election to fill Anthony Weiner’s House seat in NY District 9 on the passage of the same-sex marriage law in NY State. However though a small number of voters may have voted on this as their prime issue, the history of previous Congressional elections in that district prove that support of LGBT issues including marriage do not jeopardize Democratic candidates.

 

 

In 1998, Congressional-member Charles Schumer beat incumbent Senator Al D’Amato and a special election was held to fill Schumer’s seat in the 9th district. As Democrats have held the seat since the 1920’s the Democratic Primary was seen as the de-facto election to fill the seat. The Democratic primary contenders were city council-member Anthony Weiner who previously served as Schumer’s Chief of Staff, former NY Assemblywoman and City Council Member Melinda Katz from the Queens portion of the district (also a strong record on LGBT issues) and Noach Dear, a NY City Council-member from the Brooklyn side a former City Council-member and ultra-Orthodox Jew who has been a very outspoken anti-LGBT bigot.

Debunking the Myth That Same Sex Marriage Lost Anthony Weiner's Seat to a Tea Party Candidate

There is a quiet effort to pin the failings of Democrats to beat a Tea Party candidate in the 2011 special election to fill Anthony Weiner’s House seat in NY District 9 on the passage of the same-sex marriage law in NY State. However though a small number of voters may have voted on this as their prime issue, the history of previous Congressional elections in that district prove that support of LGBT issues including marriage do not jeopardize Democratic candidates.

 

 

In 1998, Congressional-member Charles Schumer beat incumbent Senator Al D’Amato and a special election was held to fill Schumer’s seat in the 9th district. As Democrats have held the seat since the 1920’s the Democratic Primary was seen as the de-facto election to fill the seat. The Democratic primary contenders were city council-member Anthony Weiner who previously served as Schumer’s Chief of Staff, former NY Assemblywoman and City Council Member Melinda Katz from the Queens portion of the district (also a strong record on LGBT issues) and Noach Dear, a NY City Council-member from the Brooklyn side a former City Council-member and ultra-Orthodox Jew who has been a very outspoken anti-LGBT bigot.

ACLU: Obama Continues Bush Abuses

The ACLU just issued the report 'A Call to Courage: Reclaiming Our Liberties Ten Years After 9/11' which exposes the Obama Administration for not prosecuting any Bush Administration crimes and in many cases (outside of torture and extraordinary rendition) continuing or expanding Bush policies.

 

Obama Screws Environment With Smog

President Obama is halting regulations and overruling the EPA on smog. Is it because of pressure from Republicans and big business? The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

 

This Obama Lie hurts worst of all

Obama will best be remembered as a professional politician.  The professional politician ("pp") says whatever it takes to win and keep the office.  Like any prostitute, the pp knows that should, God forbid, one start caring about the john, one is starting to lose it.

The "clean energy future" is a case in point.  Words, just obligatory lip service to assure the "progressive" vote.  Nothing in his history to back it, and nothing in his future.

This email from NRDC should never have had to be written:

The State Department is still rushing toward approval of the disastrous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would enrich oil companies by transporting the world's dirtiest oil 2,000 miles from Canada to Texas. 

I’m writing today because the time has come to ask President Obama to intervene -- before it’s too late. 

Please send a message to President Obama asking him to kill this dangerous project. 

The pipeline will drive horrific destruction of songbird habitat in the Boreal forest ... rev up excessive global warming pollution ... and threaten the drinking water of millions of Americans with toxic spills. 

The Keystone XL is a fossil fuel nightmare -- NOT the clean energy future that President Obama promised America. 

The President told the American people we’d get a “robust review” of the tar sands pipeline.  This hasn't happened.

We’re not surprised. A robust review would reveal that this entire scheme is a boon to Big Oil and a disaster-in-the-making for everyone else. It would destroy the myth that America needs this pipeline to ensure a supply of “friendly” oil from Canada. 

Bringing more of this “friendly” oil to the U.S. will destroy millions of migratory birds and their ancient forest habitat ... turbo-charge global warming ... raise gas prices in the Midwest ... and stands to poison wildlife habitats and drinking water in the American heartland. 

With friends like that, who needs enemies? 

What’s worse, the tar sands pipeline will practically slam the door on a clean energy future for America. It will lock us into the dirtiest, riskiest, most destructive oil on the planet -- for decades to come. 

Help us prevail on President Obama before it’s too late. Ask him to reject a project that is so clearly against our national interest. 

Tell the President there is no room for the world’s dirtiest oil in our clean energy future! 

Sincerely,

Frances Beinecke
President
Natural Resources Defense Council

 

 

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