Sweeney Dodging his Party
According to this Republican Blogger, John Sweeney (R NY) is one of the Republicans who are:
sadly distancing themselves from President George W. Bush and the Republican Party. Many winced when Congressman Sweeney's second consecutive mailing avoided mentioning that he was a Republican and seemed to be campaign against Bush.
Yeah except that the voters here know that Sweeney supports Bush over 80% of the time when he votes. And the few of his votes that Buck Bush are on the losing side of the votes cast anyway. He's given permission to appear to be independent by Karl Rove so that the president can hold his majority.
Sweeney wasn't able to keep New York on the administration's terrorist radar screen. He never seems to be able to win any of his personal battles with the administration. He opposed dredging the PCBs from the Hudson (because what working class American doesn't deserve to fish and swim in poison?), rioted Bush into office in 2000 and still hasn't been able to get the dredging stopped.
According to AMERICAblog, Sweeney is one of 210 house members who are "firmly in favor of the anti-gay amendment" and it is widely known that the president is dragging this issue out to pander to his base in hopes that they will deliver the election to his party in November. See Panderer-in-Chief and One Size Fits All Elections for more.
Instead of working on the issues that matter to us, the party in power is pandering for votes. And that includes John Sweeney. Though they know this won't be added to the constitution, Republicans support it
... to give the GOP the debate that party leaders believe will pay off on Election Day. (source)
Sweeney is just talking about Steroids, introducing Bills paid for and supported by his donors, and supporting Bush's divisive agenda.
What about getting us out of Iraq? What about attacking jobs to our area? Who could do those things? If you want someone who will Buck Bush, why not elect a Democrat? Gillibrand's priorities are our priorities. She's focused on real issues that will make a difference in our everyday lives.
Bravo to Harry Reid (D) who tells it like it is on the gay marriage bill with no chance of passing (it probably won't even get 50 votes in the senate yet requires two-thirds majority of both houses and has to be ratified by three-fourths of the states). Reid says:
"It is this administration's way of avoiding the tough, the real problems that American citizens are confronting each and every day — high gas prices, the war in Iraq, the national debt, health care, senior citizens, education, crime, trade policies, stem cell research," he said. "Each issue begging the president's attention, each issue being ignored, valuable time in the Senate on an issue that today is without hope of passing."
The same story notes:
Some critics of the marriage amendment contend that it conflicts with the Republican Party's avowed opposition to big government interference.
Heck, it's all in a day's work for the Congressman who says one thing and does another.