On Friday the Star did a profile on Carolene Mays, the homophobic state representative running in the 7th Congressional District primary. On Saturday, it was Rep David Orentlicher's turn to be featured.
The article points out David's willingness to speak to the people and work for change instead of just party politics. The legislator is known for stances that, while they may be unpopular to start with, end up being the best solution. One example they highlight was his vote on SJR-7, the proposed amendment pushed by right-wingers to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. Rep Mays voted in favor of the homophobic amendment. Rep Orentlicher did not.
Orentlicher said his pledge not to accept special-interest donations and his work on equality issues set him apart from other 7th District candidates.
He was one of the first lawmakers to speak unequivocally against a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, even though his position was unpopular with many citizens.
An art piece in his Northside home might explain his thinking on that issue and others.
Standing out among a collection of Jewish candelabras and art projects by his young children is a framed Hebrew saying: "Tikkun olam."
"It's an important principle in Judaism," Orentlicher explained. "It means to go out and heal what's broken in the world."