A Thank You To Some Conservadems

Yeah, you heard me right. I'm writing a diary to thank some of the biggest pains in the asses...Blue Dogs and Conservative Dems who have stood in our way before.

This thank you is specifically in reference to the Matthew Shepard Act. When looking at the roll call, I was surprised by some of the names in the Yea column. These Democrats were likely voting against the opinion of their conservative districts, but nevertheless saw the need to expand hate crimes legislation anyway. As we've seen with EFCA, sometimes Democrats seem to be inclined to vote for something when they know it won't be law, only to back off when we have a President willing to sign said legislation into law. In this case these historically conservative Dems and/or Dems in conservative districts voted for this knowing damn well President Obama supports it and will sign it into law.

Credit where credit is due

Here's the list;

John Barrow (D-Georgia)
Sanford Bishop (D-Georgia)
Allen Boyd (D-Florida)
Ben Chandler (D-Kentucky)
Henry Cuellar (D-Texas)
Chet Edwards (D-Texas)
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-South Dakota)
Baron Hill (D-Indiana)
Jim Marshall (D-Georgia)
Jim Matheson (D-Utah)
Walt Minnick (D-Idaho)
Nick Rahall (D-West Virginia)
Ike Skelton (D-Missouri)
John Spratt (D-South Carolina)
Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio)

I also noticed a couple of interesting Republican votes too;
Mike Coffman (R-Colorado)- This was Tancredo's seat
Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana)- Interestingly he and Cao voted for it, Melancon didn't.

Anyone else find a vote that surprised them. Here's the roll call;
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll223. xml

Tags: 111th Congress, Blue Dogs, LGBT rights, Matthew Shepard Act (all tags)



Re: A Thank You To Some Conservadems

I found it interesting that all three Cuban-American Republicans voted for it.  It seems logical given the concentration of gay voters in greater Miami.  Now I'm wondering how they generally vote on gay-related legislation.

by Dreorg 2009-05-02 09:49AM | 0 recs
Re: A Thank You To Some Conservadems

Edwards is especially surprising.  He's in a R+18 district.  

by bosdcla14 2009-05-02 01:38PM | 0 recs
Re: A Thank You To Some Conservadems

Good for them!

Stopping hate and prejudice should be bipartisan.

It's a pity some parts of the GOP have turned fomenting fear, hate, prejudice, and misinformation into a cottage industry for political gain.

Especially considering their roots.

by Searching For Pericles 2009-05-02 02:28PM | 0 recs
Re: A Thank You To Some Conservadems

I agree a big thank you to the Dems (and Republicans!) you listed for doing the right thing, even in the face of ignorance within their districts.

And a big fuck you to Bright, Boren, Ellsworth, Shuler, Artur Davis, Lincoln Davis, Griffith, Donnelly, Carney, Childers, Melancon, Ross, Gordon, McIntyre, Peterson, Tanner, and Taylor for not.

by TheUnknown285 2009-05-03 12:42AM | 0 recs


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