Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) – the chief architect of ENDA – said he is working on bringing the bill up during the lame-duck session but did not know if it would happen. He placed part of the blame for ENDA’s delay on gay activists.
“They haven’t been doing a good enough job of lobbying their members,” Frank said.
“People have demonstrations. They don’t lobby their members. I want all of the groups that I agree with to be like the NRA,” Frank said.
I’m still wondering how any pol who can say marriage being left to the states doesn’t raise the spectre of whether they think Loving v. Virginia was an incorrect SCOTUS decision.
There’s also a little blurb about Mara Keisling being “not too optimistic,” stating that “we ran out of time”, here: http://thehill.com/homenews/ho…
Personally and admittedly quite selfishly, I’m not too broken up about it. If the leaked wording had become law, it would have hurt my family. Frank’s threat of inclusive-but-harmful-to-T wording was a brilliant tactic to deflate the sails just enough to push ENDA to being mentioned as a lame-duck long shot.
But I am wondering, if we’ve been misunderstanding his old saw of “they failed to lobby”…is this like a bellhop holding out his hand? Is it because we’re grassroots and not shovelling cartloads of funds his way to use as bargaining chips? It’s interesting to note that the recent finance reform law was specifically written to exclude the NRA from having to disclose to whom they provide financing…and that he’d bring up the conservative organization as who we should model ourselves after.
NOTE FROM PAM: In what has really become a surreal political year, this related news is excellent grist for the discussion mill, lol.
GOProud Endorses Sean Bielat (MA-4) for Congress
Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director – “If we really want to protect gay jobs we don’t need to pass ENDA, we need to fire Barney Frank.”
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, GOProud, the only national organization representing gay conservatives and their allies, endorsed Republican Sean Bielat in his race to unseat Democrat Barney Frank in Massachusetts’s 4th Congressional District. ”If we really want to protect gay jobs we don’t need to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act [ENDA], we need to fire Barney Frank,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director of GOProud. ”From his perch atop the Financial Services committee, Barney Frank was one of the architects of the financial meltdown that cost millions of Americans – including gay and lesbian workers – their jobs. Sean Bielat is a common-sense conservative who supports policies that will grow our economy, create jobs, and improve the lives of all Americans, but especially gay and lesbian Americans.”
“After almost 30 years in Washington, Barney Frank is everything that is wrong with politics today,” continued LaSalvia. ”Instead of supporting pragmatic approaches to healthcare, social security and tax reform that would help gay and lesbian families, Barney Frank has preferred to play partisan politics and serve as the all-too-willing attack dog for the most radical elements of the Democrat Party.”
Sean Bielat and his wife are residents of Brookline, MA and recently had their first child – Theo. Bielat currently works as an independent consultant and serves as an officer in the Marine Corps Reserve.
“Unlike Barney Frank, Sean Bielat supports free-market healthcare reforms that will make domestic partner benefits more available to gays and lesbians and will give individuals – not the government – more control over their healthcare,” said LaSalvia. ”Sean also supports reforms to Social Security, creating personal savings accounts allowing gays and lesbians couples to leave their Social Security to their partners or whoever else they choose – reform opposed by Barney Frank.”
Sean Bielat believes that marriage is a state issue and opposes a federal Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Bielat strongly backs 2nd Amendment rights, supports efforts to aggressively fight terrorism and the spread of tyrannical anti-gay radical Islamic regimes, and favors school choice.
“On the issues that matter most to gay people – particularly to gay conservatives – Sean Bielat is the clear cut choice in this race,” said LaSalvia. ”Frankly Barney, it’s time for a change.”
“GOProud enthusiastically endorses Sean Bielat for Congress and urges our members and allies to support his conservative campaign,” concluded LaSalvia.