September 19, 2011
By Adam Bink
Here’s Sen. Kay Hagan on her state’s pending amendment to discriminate against a group of people:
“Senator Hagan implores elected officials everywhere to focus on lowering the nation’s unemployment rate and remains wary of attempts to alter constitutions in the heat of today’s charged political environment,” said Mary Hanley, a Hagan spokeperson.
The spokesperson issued the statement via email in response to the Washington Blade’s request for comment on whether Hagan opposes the measure, which will come before North Carolina voters in May 2012.
Sen. Hagan has a long history of tap dancing around whether she supports gay people or not (see Pam for more), but this just takes the cake. “…in the heat of today’s charged political environment?” What does that even mean? All it does is invite questions on whether she’d support the amendment if we were living in different times. It’s the kind of response that satisfies no one. It is a slap in the face to those of us who expect Democrats to stand up for basic civil rights and oppose divisive amendments. It won’t satisfy the homophobes. And it’ll just confuse the people in the middle on where she stands at all. It’s a mushy, mealy-mouthed statement, the kind I’ve seen rewritten 7 times by too-cautious political hacks before being released so that it’s practically incomprehensible, and if she and her staff had any backbone (or political brains) they would correct it right now.