If you're into political drama, check out this video of Rep. Jim Crawford (D-Person, Granville) being confronted by a constituent over his co-sponsorship of the Amendment One bill. The constituent, Elaine McNeill, is absolutely awesome (watch her starting around 2:15 for an amazingly moving personal testament). Meanwhile, Crawford flips-flops on the Amendment when confronted with the reality of his decision to support it in the NC House. More after the jump ...
This was recorded in Oxford on April 16th at a candidate debate sponsored by the Granville Democratic Party. We have other footage from the debate we hope to process soon. Rep. Crawford came outside to confront me and a Progress NC Action co-worker before the debate about some flyers we were handing out (see http://www.progressnc.org/2012/04/crawford-oxford-flyerdocx.html). During the course of a spirited conversation about several issues, I suggested Rep. Crawford prove his belief in public education by standing up for it this year instead of voting to cripple its budget as he did in 2011. His reply: "I don't believe in making speeches. I work in the back rooms." Well, something tells me the back room deal he cut about Amendment One may not be worth it to him -- he insists the final Amendment One bill was much harsher than the one he sponsored and, yet, he still voted for that harsher bill. This ambivalence seems to be a family trait. His son, also running for the NC House in District 32, claimed in this same debate he had not yet read the amendment or formed an opinion on it. (?!) Okay, it's a whopping 22-words long, so maybe it would take him too long to read it, but, hey, it's only the biggest political issue this election cycle. Let's stop trying to duck it.
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