Thursday, March 3, 2011

Maryland Del. Sam Arora lied. How much will it cost?

Americablog tells us about a young progressive named Sam Arora who was elected to the Maryland house of Delegates. He made it clear to his constituents that he supports marriage equality and even put his name as co-sponsor of the bill now in the Maryland House.

Only now Sam Arora is getting cold feet. He is trying to deny that he supported equality and NOW says he won't support the bill for religious reasons. A bill he co-sponsored! That's some change of heart, Sam. What were/are you thinking?

Sam's constituents are calling him out on this, and his donors are asking for their money back.

Sam Arora lied to the people who elected him. What else did he lie about?

Seems a promising start to a career as a progressive politician may be over; Maryland progressives will remember this, if Sam does renege on his promises.

UPdate from Jonathan Capehart (WaPo):
The outrage directed at Arora is understandable. As is the sense of betrayal. He raised money from gays and lesbians based on his support for marriage equality. He secured the endorsements of Progressive Maryland and of Equality Maryland because of it. In fact, get a load of what he wrote as an addendum to his questionnaire for Equality Maryland.

I am a former law clerk to Attorney General Doug Gansler. I publicly supported his decision to recognize out-of-state marriage licenses for same-sex couples and immediately put out a release praising his findings. For me, it's simply a matter of equal rights under the law.

Gay Marylanders want the respect, dignity and responsibility that comes with marriage. And Arora was elected to his first term in the House of Delegates, in part, because of his promise to get it done. Politicians break promises all the time. But this is different. If Arora fails to vote for the marriage equality bill he campaigned for and co-sponsored when it comes to the floor next week not only would it be disgraceful, he would be a disgrace.
Del. Sam Arora misrepresented his opinions and lied o his constituents. His first term should be his last, and his life in politics should be over. Perhaps he can find a job with NOM.


JCF said...

"he won't support the bill for religious regions"

I think you meant religious "reasons" (so to speak ;-/)

Maryland seems to be turning into a sad meltdown (I'm praying for miracle!)

IT said...

Oops, yeah.... fixed