Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Better Late Than Never

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) signs on to support ENDA.

Up until this morning Florida’s Bill Nelson was one of just three Democrats left in the senate who didn’t support the Employee Non-Discrimination Act. After Equality Florida luanched a “twitterbomb” on him last week though, Nelson announced he’d sign on as a co-sponsor.

Mr. Nelson could easily be confused with a moderate Republican if there really was such a thing, but these days he’s your basic central Florida Democrat and, by default, the senior Florida Democrat.  I don’t approve of it, but I can understand his hesitancy to support equality; his re-election last year was problematic in a state that has gone Tea Party in a lot of races, including most of the huffers in Tallahassee and Gov. Scott.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he will bring ENDA to a vote in the Senate before the end of the year.  Even if it passes the Senate it will more than likely die in the House because they haven’t passed anything this year other than a kidney stone.  So I have to at least give Mr. Nelson a nod for doing the right thing when it may be for naught.

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