Darrell Issa and Mimi Walters cover themselves in SHAME.


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South Orange County Republican congressional members Darrel Issa and Mimi Walters did something disgusting against civil rights on Thursday.  Under discussion was H.R 4974, the National Defense Authorization Act for the next budget year.  Republicans had added a provision to kill the Obama executive order that companies who discriminate against LGBT people cannot receive government contracts.  New York Democratic Party congressman Sean Maloney placed an amendment up on the floor for vote to restore that executive order.   Last year, a similar amendment by Congressman Scott Peters did pass with 60 Republican votes, but on Thursday Republicans played a shameless game with Maloney’s amendment.

issa crooked faceThe Maloney amendment was ready to barely pass with around 35 Republicans in favor, but a number of congress members were pressured to change their vote so the effort to keep the anti-discrimination protections would be killed.  The method that Kevin McCarthy used to kill the amendment was just as shameless as the behavior of the Nevada Democratic Party when it came to Bernie Sanders campaign.  The leadership held the vote for an extra eight minutes for the members to change the vote, violating parliamentary procedures so that members would not actually go directly to the clerk to change their votes under normal rules.  In California, the members who switched from anti-discrimination to pro-discrimination for partisan reasons are Jeff Denham, Darrel Issa, Mimi Walters and David Valadao.

mimi kind of uglyAs a Republican activist I do not feel justified helping any Republican campaign for congress this cycle now except for the 29 who voted for the Maloney amendment.  I’ll instead be focusing on state and local races after this primary.  President Obama is likely to veto this version of the NDAA for its embrace of discrimination.  However, people have the opportunity to call their congress member and tell them to keep the Obama executive order prohibiting discrimination in federal contracts.  Call Ed Royce, Dana Rohrabacher, Darryl Issa and Mimi Walters and let them know that Republican voters no longer tolerate discrimination.  Some of these congress members may have Republican primary opponents – for example, Mimi is being challenged by the honorable Greg Raths.  Send Mimi a message by choosing her opponent.

If people want the freedom to discriminate then they have the choice not to pursue a federal contract and subsist on the private sector instead.  As for us fair-minded Republican activists, let’s focus on some worthy candidates instead.  If Kevin McCarthy values discrimination, then let him eat gay wedding cake.

South OC has better choices in June and Novemeber: Mimi is being opposed by Republican Colonel Greg Raths and Democrat Ron Varasteh; and Issa is being opposed by Bernie enthusiast, Democrat Doug Applegate.

South OC has better choices in June and Novemeber: Mimi is being opposed by Republican Colonel Greg Raths and Democrat Ron Varasteh; and Issa is being opposed by Bernie enthusiast, Democrat Doug Applegate.


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