"Rep. Murphy: Opponents of DADT repeal would support it if not for a politically ‘tough district.’"
Yesterday at the National Press Club, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), an Iraq war veteran, launched a campaign to persuade Congress to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the policy barring gay men and women from serving openly in the U.S. military. “We cannot afford to wait any longer,” Murphy said. “Now is the time to change this, when our military is stretched so thin.” Last night on MSNBC, host Rachel Maddow asked Murphy if opponents of the repeal in Congress “make good arguments…about the merits of the policy.” “I think that would be a stretch, to be honest with you,” said Murphy, who added that there are many members who say they would support the repeal but won’t because they represent a “tough district”:
MURPHY: I think, you know, sometimes, it’s frankly disheartening. I’ve only been here for 2 1/2 years, but sometimes they give the excuse of, “I can’t do it in my district. I’m in a tough district.” And that’s Republicans and Democrats. They’d be like, “Murph, I would love to be with you.”
“There are members on both sides of the aisle that say, ‘Patrick, I’ll vote for it. I just can’t cosponsor it,'” Murphy later said. Watch it: