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GetEQUAL: Hagel Nomination ‘At Odds With Obama Administration’s Values’

by David Badash on January 8, 2013

in News,Politics

GetEQUAL, the LGBT civil rights organization best-known for pushing the Obama administration and Congress to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, today issued a second press release opposing Chuck Hagel as President Obama‘s nominee to replace Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense.

READ: Obama Missteps In Response To LGBT Concerns About Hagel Nomination

“After a review of Hagel’s 12-year voting record in the U.S. Senate (from the 105th Congress to the 110th Congress), GetEQUAL has found a troubling trend of discord with the stated values of the Obama Administration. While much of the debate over Hagel’s nomination has centered on remarks that Hagel made 15 years ago about an openly-gay nominee to be a U.S. Ambassador, his voting record is actually far more worrisome,” the release states.

READ: GetEQUAL To Obama: Hagel’s Anti-LGBT History Makes Him Unacceptable For Defense

GetEQUAL notes that as a U.S. Republican Senator from Nebraska, “Hagel scored 4% with the Human Rights Campaign, 14% with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, 12% with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), 5% with the League of Conservation Voters, and 7% with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). This is not a voting record that indicates Hagel is in line with the Obama Administration’s stated core values.”

“With our country facing so many important battles ahead on such crucial issues as immigration reform, climate justice, and gun control, it’s baffling why President Obama would spend political capital on a nominee who so clearly is at odds with his Administration’s values,” said Heather Cronk, managing director for GetEQUAL. “While Hagel’s remarks 15 years ago about Jim Hormel pulled back the window on how he felt then about gay Americans, his voting record seems more in line with those remarks than with the Obama Administration. The majority of his votes in the areas of civil rights, economic justice, and environmental conservation — the areas articulated as priorities for President Obama’s second term — rank him in the bottom rung of all members of Congress.”

“Hagel’s poor public record on civil rights issues — especially women’s rights — need to be examined deeply throughout the upcoming Senate confirmation process,” said Tanya Domi, board chair for GetEQUAL and a U.S. Army veteran who served honorably for 15 years. “Because Hagel’s voting record is so thoroughly at odds with what the Obama Administration articulates as its vision for the next four years, we remain skeptical. Hagel must explain in great detail to members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during his nomination hearings where he stands on equality in the ranks and throughout the country. He owes this explanation to the American public but, more specifically, to service members whose lives would be in his hands, if confirmed.”

Editor’s note: Tanya Domi is also the Deputy Editor of The New Civil Rights Movement

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Alex_Parrish January 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm

This is interesting and damning information, but, I fear, this is a done-deal. I wish we knew what was behind this strange nomination, but we probably won't for decades.

JayJonson January 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm

I am very glad that GetEqual has actually spent some time investigating Hagel's appalling record. Too many party hacks are jumping aboard the bandwagon to confirm Hagel. I understand that President Obama should be allowed to pick his own team, but what bothers me are so many people who are so willing to airbrush Hagel's record. That, it seems to me, is worse than whatever "swiftboarding" may be going on. (Insofar as there is an attempt to "swiftboard" Hagel, that is coming from the LCR and other Republicans who are lying about Hagel's supposed anti-Semitism. It is manifestly not "swiftboarding" to tell the truth about Hagel's abysmal record of anti-gay votes and comments.)

BrooksAustin January 9, 2013 at 3:19 am

It's not that puzzling or strange, Alex. Obama has a long history of trying to appease the GOP by throwing them a bone every once and awhile. We saw this on the day he got sworn into office when he picked Rick Warren to deliver the prayer. This is just another example of Obama's tired song and dance of "reaching across the aisle."

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