Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

The South Rises Again: 13 Possible ENDA Supporters from the South

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 19, 2010 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Politics
Tags: employment discrimination, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA

Rep. usmap-south.jpgBarney Frank confirmed yesterday that a markup of ENDA will take place "this week or next," followed quickly by a House vote.

If you're from the South, you've got a better chance than anyone else in this country to move the vote on ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Call these 13 likely ENDA supporters who haven't yet publicly confirmed one way or the other.

They hail from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia. You can click here to email them, but a call is way better.

Names, district maps and sample script after the jump.

Here's the list, with some info about their positions.

  • If you're from their districts, you can leave a message at their offices in DC by calling the House switchboard at (202) 224-2131 (or toll-free 866-220-0044). Make sure you say "I'm from your district."
  • I ask that only people from their districts call, because now's crunch time and they need to hear from constituents. If you're not from their district, but you know someone who is, call your friend and ask them to call! The local office number is listed below if you prefer that.
  • If you click on the word "District" next to their name, you'll get a map of the district so you can figure out what area they cover.
  • If you click on their name, you can email them. (A call is more persuasive)
  • Here's a script of what to say if you want one.

Florida (FL)
Allen Boyd - (D-02) 850-785-0812 voted yes on hate crimes bills in 07 and 09; abstained on 07 ENDA

Mario Diaz-Balart - (R-25) 305-225-6866 voted yes on hate crimes bills in 07 and 09; yes on 07 ENDA; did not vote on motion to strip hate crimes from Defense Authorization bill 10/06; voted yes on Defense Authorization bill containing hate crimes bill 10/08

Lincoln Diaz-Balart - (R-21) 305-470-8555 voted yes on hate crimes bills in 07 and 09; yes on 07 ENDA; did not vote on motion to strip hate crimes from Defense Authorization bill 10/06; voted yes on Defense Authorization bill containing hate crimes bill 10/08

Georgia (GA)
Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. - (D-02) 706-320-9477 voted yes on hate crimes bills in 07 and 09; yes on 07 ENDA

David Scott - (D-13) 770-432-5405 voted yes on hate crimes bill; yes on 07 ENDA; Scott Schofield called 6-26-09: told that they will get back to him.

Kentucky (KY)
Ben Chandler - (D-06) 859-219-1366 voted yes on hate crimes bills in 07 and 09; yes on 07 ENDA

Louisiana (LA)
Joseph Cao - (R-02) 504-483-2325 voted yes on hate crimes bill

Maryland (MD)
C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger - (D-02) 410-628-2701 abstained on hate crimes bill; yes on 07 ENDA; office said still undecided as of 6-8-09

South Carolina (SC)
John M. Spratt, Jr. - (D-05) 843-393-3998 voted yes on hate crimes bill; voted yes on 07 ENDA

Texas (TX)
Solomon P. Ortiz - (D-27) 361-883-5868 voted yes on hate crimes bill; voted yes on 07 ENDA

Henry Cuellar - (D-28) 956-725-0639 voted yes on hate crimes bill; voted yes on 07 ENDA; office said he does not give out his position prior to the day of the vote (6-18-09)

Gene Green - (D-29) 281-420-0502 voted yes on hate crimes bill; voted yes on 07 ENDA

West Virginia (WV)
Alan B. Mollohan - (D-01) 304-292-3019 voted yes on hate crimes; voted yes on 07 ENDA


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Margaretpoa Margaretpoa | April 19, 2010 11:20 AM

For Cuellar, it's not just ENDA. Getting him to commit to a position on anything is impossible. The man is a study in trying to have it both ways.

Margaretpoa Margaretpoa | April 19, 2010 11:23 AM

Having said that, I have let my position be known to him. Lloyd Doggett (D-25) will support it.

Jillian, thanks for the update. I'm in Washingtong DC until this Wednesday and will be certain to visit with the identified Florida Members of Congress.

October 19, 2009: Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would likely get a House committee vote in September and a floor vote that fall.

December 12, 2009: Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) told a gathering of gay leaders that ENDA would pass the House in January, and they weren't making a promise. They were making an educated guess.

March 2, 2010: Rep. Frank's prediction this week is that ENDA will have its vote in the House Committee this month. And he said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has assured him it will go swiftly to the floor.

I hope Speaker Pelosi is willing to forget her promise to not bring anything controversial to the House floor before the mid-terms. Maybe they'll try to have the vote sooner rather than later.

The problem is ENDA is still DOA in the Senate. Nothing has been done to change that.

Andrew here is my take on the whole situation.

The #1 priority of all elected officials is to get re-elected.

The #2 priority of all senators and representatives is to distract the populace from focusing on the problems of the empire by providing sufficient entertainment to the masses.

The number 1 and 2 priorities are accomplished by ensuring that each new season will have carry over materials from the last season. That way advertisers will fund the continuing programs until the characters and agendas have grown wearisome. Then at some points new material and new characters must be introduced.

So here we all sit with 2 ongoing wars, massive unemployment, huge deficits, energy problems and turmoil across the globe watching the circus and worrying about who can use which restroom. Makes perfect sense doesn't it? I think its time for prayer.

Please give me some evidence for the effectiveness of prayer. Never mind.

I don't see the representatives from VA listed? Could you please provide that contact info? Thanks!

Ashley, I made a mistake - Virginia shouldn't have been on the list. But if you want to see your rep's position, go to http://bit.ly/Q5YMJ

Will you be doing the other areas of the nation in later posts this week, Jill?

This should really be an easy vote for reps from all regions.

Is this another one of Jillian's joke posts?

We need to be willing to make these phone calls and ask our friends to make these phone calls. We need to sit down and schedule visits with these folks if we live in their districts. I don't live anywhere near any of these folks, but I'll sort through my friends to see who DOES and ask THEM to do the work.

Equality isn't going to fall into our laps, its going to take constant vigilance to WIN it!

Thanks for this, Jill! So helpful as always!