Thursday, September 15, 2005

Hate Crimes law passes, no thanks to Jeb

On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives approved an amendment sponsored by Rep. John Conyers that gives law enforcement officials the ability to prosecute hate crimes motivated by the victim's sexual orientation, gender, or disability.

The amendment passed the House with strong bipartisan support. The New England delegation was almost unanimous in its support for the measure.

Almost.

Yep, you guessed it. Jeb Bradley was the only New Englander of either party to oppose the Conyers amendment.

This amendment sends an important message that there is no place for hatred and violence in America. Everyone who works hard and plays by the rules should be an important member of the American family. By providing prosecutors with the tools to prosecute those who would deny others that right, we are strengthening the fabric of our community.

I'm stunned that Jeb Bradley would thumb his nose at his constituents with this vote. Jeb continues to claim that he is a moderate, but votes such as this demonstrate his willingness to put a corrupt party leadership ahead of his own neighbors. That's disgraceful.

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