Friday, December 03, 2010

Sen. Brown (R-Mass.) to Support DADT Repeal

Courtesy of, we have received word that Sen. Scott Brown, Republican of Massachusetts, will support repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell:"
“I have been in the military for 31 years and counting, and have served as a subordinate and as an officer. As a legislator, I have spent a significant amount of time on military issues. During my time of service, I have visited our injured troops at Walter Reed and have attended funerals of our fallen heroes. When a soldier answers the call to serve, and risks life or limb, it has never mattered to me whether they are gay or straight. My only concern has been whether their service and sacrifice is with pride and honor.

“I pledged to keep an open mind about the present policy on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Having reviewed the Pentagon report, having spoken to active and retired military service members, and having discussed the matter privately with Defense Secretary Gates and others, I accept the findings of the report and support repeal based on the Secretary’s recommendations that repeal will be implemented only when the battle effectiveness of the forces is assured and proper preparations have been completed.”
One wonders if this will initiate a chain reaction, with other Republicans who were up until now on the fence about repeal being galvanized by the first Republican who was openly willing to go against McConnell's promise that all 42 Republicans would block DADT repeal until tax cuts for the wealthy were extended.  We are still waiting on Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and John Ensign of Nevada, not to mention, of course, our two favorite Democrats, Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas.

Might this ripple turn into a wave? Stay tuned for updates...  In the meantime, here are those numbers one more time:

White House Comment Line: 202-456-1111
Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark): 202-224-4843
Senator Mark Pryor (D-Ark): 202-224-2353
Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine): 202-224-2523
Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.): 202-224-4814
Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.): 202-224-6244
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska): 202-224-6665
Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine): 202-224-5344
Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio): 202-224-3353

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