Fitzpatrick opposes Murphy’s DADT measure
With Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-8) seemingly on the verge of pushing through a legislative repeal to the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, his opponent thinks it’s time to apply the brake pedal.
Republican Mike Fitzpatrick, who was unseated by Murphy in 2006 and is trying to win back the job this year, has avoided talking publicly about the military’s ban on openly gay soldiers in recent months. But echoing other Republicans, his campaign manager told pa2010.com that Congress should wait for the military to complete its current review of the policy before enacting any legislation.
“Anyone capable of protecting this country should be allowed to serve, but legislation needs to wait for military review,” Fitzpatrick campaign manager Kyle Whatley said.
Murphy’s legislation, an amendment to a larger military spending bill, has already passed the House and the Armed Services Committee in the Senate. It is worded in such a way that any repeal of the policy is contingent upon completion of the Pentagon review currently underway, requiring military officials and the president to sign off in agreement that repeal would not affect military effectiveness or cohesion.
In 2006, Fitzpatrick was endorsed by the Log Cabin Republicans, a political group of gay Republicans that cited, among other things, Fitzpatrick’s support for a 2005 bill that would have repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Fitzpatrick’s campaign declined to comment on his apparent albeit marginal change of position, and did not make the candidate himself available for an interview.
In a statement, Murphy, an Iraq War veteran, told pa2010.com that repeal would “ensure that every American has the same opportunity I did to defend our nation. Patriotic Americans willing to take a bullet for their country should never be forced to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love, and I will not rest until the repeal of this discriminatory policy that hurts national security is signed into law.”
June 17, 2010 at 10:33 am