|Patricia Todd at right|
If hate is one of the defining motivation behind Republican policies, another defining characteristic of today's GOP is hypocrisy. It's no coincidence that it seems that 9 times out of 10 it is a "pro-family" Republican who is getting caught in a sex scandal. These hypocrites embrace hatred and live in glass houses and truly deserve being called out on their hypocrisy - hence my role in "outing" former 2nd Congressional District Republican Ed Shrock. In my view, if one is going to be singing the "family values" song, one had damn well be walking the walk. Apparently, Alabama State Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, feels the same way: she has threatened to disclose the affairs of the "godly, family values" members of the Alabama legislature. Here are highlights from the Times Daily:
State Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, had a warning for her Statehouse colleagues over the weekend.
“I will not stand by and allow legislators to talk about ‘family values’ when they have affairs, and I know of many who are and have,” Todd, the state’s only openly gay lawmaker, said on Facebook over the weekend. “I will call our elected officials who want to hide in the closet out.”
Todd was responding to comments from her fellow lawmakers after Friday’s decision by a federal judge to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriages.
“It is pretty well known that we have people in Montgomery who are or have had affairs …” Todd told the TimesDaily this morning. “I just want them to be careful what they’re saying, some of it might come back to stick on them.”
Todd said she was hurt and angered by some of the remarks and backlash she has heard since Friday.
“But I know I’m on the side that is going to win and I’m sorry they’re so ignorant,” she said.
Several high-profile GOP leaders have spoken out against the ruling, and Attorney General Luther Strange asked the judge to stay her order until the U.S Supreme Court considers gay marriage later this year.
Todd this morning said for Alabama to continue to fight gay marriage was a waste of limited state resources.
Todd will carry this year a bill that would protect gay and lesbian state employees and teachers from workplace discrimination. “I’ve probably burned any chance of getting it through,” she said this morning.
Kudos for Todd. Personally, I hope she outs some of the hypocrites. Likewise, I'd love to see some Virginia Republicans called out on their hypocrisy.