Today’s legislative irony

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Thirty-nine congresscritters signed an amicus brief that was filed today supporting putting DC’s marriage equality on a ballot referendum. This is normally the point where I kibbitz about the idea of putting civil rights up to a popular vote, but this specific brief has tweaked me on another front….

Since when, exactly, have these folks been concerned about the residents of D.C. getting a vote?

UPDATE: Shocking! Despite their huge concern over D.C. citizens getting their chance to vote, three of the signators of this brief,  Roscoe Bartlett (Md.),  Jack Kingston (Ga.), and  Don Manzullo (Ill.) all voted NO in 1993 on the D.C. statehood bill.

U.S. Reps. Robert Aderholt (Ala.), Todd Akin (Mo.), Michele Bachmann (Minn.), J. Gresham Barrett (S.C.), Roscoe Bartlett (Md.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), John Boozman (Ark.), Jason Chaffetz (Utah), John Fleming (La.), J. Randy Forbes (Va.), Virginia Foxx (N.C.), Scott Garrett (N.J.), Phil Gingrey (Ga.), Louie Gohmert (Tex.), Jeb Hensarling (Tex.), Wally Herger (Calif.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Steve King (Iowa), Jack Kingston (Ga.), John Kline (Minn.) Doug Lamborn (Colo.), Robert Latta (Ohio), Don Manzullo (Ill.), Michael McCaul (Tex.), Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.), Patrick McHenry (N.C.), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), Jeff Miller (Fla.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Randy Neugebauer (Tex.), Mike Pence (Ind.), Joe Pitts (Pa.), Mark Souder (Ind.) and Todd Tiahrt (Kan.)

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


3 thoughts on “Today’s legislative irony

  1. The measure didn’t leave the house so it’s irrelevant if the Senators were in office then but of these signators only those three were in office then. And all three voted against DC statehood, which would have freed them up to move to the city and run – which I am sure they’d have done given their great interest in being a part of DC’s governance.