Here are video clips of Dan and Joe, each speaking to the Steel City Stonewall Democrats meeting, March 28, 2010, Pittsburgh PA. They spoke in alphabetical order. I did tape the woman who spoke for Jack Wagner, but I’m not posting it as the race is really between these two candidates. Some comments follow.
Joe Hoeffel has been a strong supporter of LGBT and other progressive issues for a long time, however, in his presentation or his conversation with me, he didn’t identify a single instance where he was a leader on these issues. Not a single bill that he was the sponsor, or where he had to show leadership to get something passed. In the video, he mentions how Montgomery County has Domestic Partnership benefits for county employees, but fails to mention that this was enacted when he was not the commissioner. He had advocated for it when he was commissioner, and then it was passed under someone else’s leadership.
Dan Onorato points out that this election will be about jobs and the economy (no matter how a small group of LGBTs present wish it were an election about marriage equality) and he illustrated his role in turning the county around from being in horrific shape to being a bright example of progress in these tough economic times. Dan can match Joe point by point when it comes to the large bills facing the PA legislature that impact the LGBT community such as HB 300 Â (non-discrimination) and HB 745 (Hate Crimes). They differ, when it comes to Marriage Equality. Dan favors Domestic Partnerships and Civil Unions. He said he would look into the states DOMA, but he does not support Same-sex marriage at this time.
So, do we want a governor who has a great voting record on progressive issues which shows he goes along with the progressive caucus, or do we want a person who can illustrate his leadership in economic as well as social issues? For me, it is a no-brainer. We need a governor who can win, beating a far right contender like Tom Corbett, and can move the state ahead Â on all fronts through proven leadership.
Note to Emma-
A person commented on my blog yesterday, claiming I was being “intellectually dishonest.” She cited two things, so I don’t know if she felt one or both were dishonest, however neither were.
Someone yelled out â€œGet Outâ€ at Dan when he was talking about how he supports Domestic Partnerships and Civil Unions.
The outburst–indeed rude and uncalled for–was actually when Dan was telling us how he doesn’t support marriage equality.
As the video demonstrates, I was factually true- in terms of what Dan said. Upon listening to it again, I believe the Tea Party crazie may have said “Go away” instead of “Get out.” I will talk further about Emma’s other point further in another blog post.