Bil Browning

Indiana Young Dems side with gay group on Ellsworth

Filed By Bil Browning | May 17, 2010 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Brad Ellsworth, Evan Bayh, Indiana Democratic Party, LGBT rights, Stonewall Democrats, young Democrats

In a message posted to Facebook Saturday evening, the Indiana Young Democrats issued a statement of support for the Stonewall Democrats abstention from voting on Rep Brad Ellsworth's nomination to replace retiring Senator Evan Bayh on the fall ballot. Young-Democrats.gifWhile the group voted in favor of Ellsworth, they are obviously concerned about his record of opposing LGBT rights. (emphasis mine)

...[I] want to draw your attention to the actions of the Indiana Stonewall Democrats. ISD chose to abstain from voting on Brad Ellsworth to protest the Indiana Democratic Party's disinterest in advancing the cause of equal civil rights for the GLBT community, specifically noting Congressman Ellsworth's reluctance to speak publicly against Don't Ask, Don't Tell, his vote against the Hate Crimes bill and against a transgender-inclusive version of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act.

ISD's abstention was nothing short of courageous and I commend them for making a stand. We must hold President Obama and others in our party accountable for their promises to extend civil rights to all people, regardless of sexual orientation. I encourage you to send some supporting words to ISD. You can read ISD's full press release on the abstention here.

In a personal addendum to the message, IN Young Dems President Nick Carson went even further:

Personal Note:

This is an email sent out by the Indiana Young Democrats. I am extremely grateful to the IYDs for sending out this letter of solidarity. It is only by standing together with others with a mind for justice and equality that can we move our party to more perfectly embrace our own platform. Until we do, we'll never have earned the right to be called the Peoples Party.

I said in February that nominating Ellsworth would cost Democrats progressive support. With the Indiana Young Democrats chapter basically admitting that they carrie_prejean.jpgonly voted for him for the sake of party unity, will Ellsworth realize that moderating his conservative stances is only hope of salvaging the election?

Ellsworth is already down fifteen points in the latest poll. His opponent, former Senator Dan Coats, has so many huge negatives (former lobbyist for evil industries, publicly said he didn't want to live in Indiana any longer, refused to file financial disclosures on time, no support among younger Republicans) that Osama bin Laden could run on a "Death to America!" platform and garner more support. Right now Ellsworth's campaign theme seems to be, "Hey, at least I'm not Dan Coats!"

Ellsworth obviously has a problem with his base. Right in the middle of Indiana's biggest popularity contest, he's pulled a Carrie "I believe in opposite marriage!" Prejean move and, just like her, it's going to cost him his crown.


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Margaretpoa Margaretpoa | May 17, 2010 4:52 PM

The Party Democrats, both nationally and in most local and regional organizations are only better than Republicans by comparison. Stand them up alone without the big money defending GOP and the batshit crazy teabag Party and they are some loathsome and incredibly insular people. This is a perfect example. Other wonderful examples include the Party embracing Lieberman in 2006 even after he ditched the Democrats when he lost his primary and the establishment support of both Specter and Lincoln over their much more progressive primary opponents.

The Senate in particular seems to have become a place for the people that the major parties have anointed to be seated and that to the insiders and Villagers, voting is just an incredibly expensive but all too necessary inconvenience. There is an effort by some monied interests to whip up the teabaggers into a froth to demand the eliminating of voting for Senators, reverting back to the appointment of Senators by the various governors.

In every form of government throughout history, there has always been this desire by those in power to consolidate that grip on power by determining that they and only they have the ability and the depth of knowledge to determine who and what is best for the unwashed masses. This anointing of Ellsworth by the Party leaders and by the person he is meant to replace is just one example of that kind of philosophy.

I don't know the solution but public financing of campaigns and an absolute firewall between campaigns and elected officials would be a great start. Besides, we elected our lawmakers to work for us, not to campaign for the favored.

What a dumbass. Good luck to the Party in the midterms. They obviously have their heads up their butts. The country elected them to move their progressive agenda, and they act like Republican Lite.

Good that the party is rebelling for this. Eventually you'd think Democrats would want to support even center-left policy, but it seems more are just concerned with not pissing off the right.