Biggest mistake – such a revelation!

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Napa Valley California. Photo by Andrew Collins

NJ State Senator Steve Sweeneyextra editorial.

This past June saw the dramatic confession of state senate majority leader Stephen Sweeney that his decision to abstain from voting in favor of marriage equality was “the biggest mistake of my career.” If we are intended to think this volte- face is the consequence of some sort of epiphany of love we must beg pardon for a cynicism born of many years of listening to politicians. 

That the confession was made during a floor debate on Governor Christie’s program of screwing state workers and welching on promises made by contract to aged retirees makes its usefulness as a rhetorical flourish a bit too obvious. Senator Sweeny, supposedly a Democrat, has turned into Governor Christie’s most useful sheep dog – rounding up the stray legislators to force through an assault on union workers some have called more devastating than Wisconsin’s.

Senator Sweeney may have his own gubernatorial ambitions. He is certainly not going to get the organized labor vote unless union members all suddenly develop Alzheimer’s disease. Is he now thinking he can recoup by courting the LGBT vote? It will take more than crocodile tears to accomplish that. 

Meanwhile, his new best friend Chris Christie continues to employ his vast bulk as a barrier to LGBT civil equality and a bulwark against taxing the super-rich.  Nice friends you have, Steve. Do you still know any working class people?

NJ State Senator Steve Sweeneyextra editorial.

This past June saw the dramatic confession of state senate majority leader Stephen Sweeney that his decision to abstain from voting in favor of marriage equality was “the biggest mistake of my career.” If we are intended to think this volte- face is the consequence of some sort of epiphany of love we must beg pardon for a cynicism born of many years of listening to politicians.