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August 30, 2007

Statement From NJDC on GOP Double Standard Regarding Sen. Craig and Sen. Vitter

Listed in: GOP Hypocrisies, NJDC News, Press Releases


Republican Leadership Strips Alleged Gay Senator of Committee Posts; Ignores Similar Allegations Against Heterosexual Colleague


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, the Senate Republican leadership stripped Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) of his committee assignments after it was revealed that Sen. Craig pled guilty in June to disorderly conduct in an airport restroom. Craig allegedly solicited a homosexual sexual tryst. Meanwhile, the GOP Senate Leadership declined to take similar punitive action against Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) who admitted to committing a "very serious sin" when his name showed up on the notorious "DC Madam's" list of prostitution clients.

Today, the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) released the following statement from NJDC Vice Chairman Marc R. Stanley:

"Regardless of whether one believes that either Senator Craig or Senator Vitter should have received punitive action by the GOP leadership, to punish one and not the other is gross hypocrisy. The party which attempted to write discrimination against gays and lesbians into the U.S. Constitution; the party which opposes protections against gays and lesbians at the work place; and the party which has a history of opposing legislation protecting gays and lesbians from hate crimes, has once again shown its true colors."

Marc R. Stanley is First Vice Chair of NJDC.