Joseph Bruno yesterday claimed that Governor Spitzer "has his priorities wrong" for introducing a bill supporting gay marriage this week. Instead, Bruno says, Spitzer should be supporting the return of the death penalty in New York to protect police officers, and--as usual--that the governor needs to do more to help people upstate.
Does Bruno still not realize that GENDA and gay marriage will help people upstate? Does he somehow believe that every gay person in New York State lives within a ten-block radius of Chelsea Market? Beyond directly helping the thousands of upstate GLBT New Yorkers, gay marriage in New York will also help the upstate economy by bringing gay honeymooners to Niagara Falls, New York instead of Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Bruno would much rather consider his personal economy than his constituents'. Bruno backs a bill that would raise the pay of state senator, assembly mambers, and judges over a competing Spitzer bill that would raise jurdges' pay only. According to the New York Sun, Bruno wants to vote on his pay raise as early as next week.
As for the death penalty, perhaps Senator Bruno did not notice that the state trooper killed last month was killed by friendly fire? Does he really want to call for the death penalty now, when it could be a state police officer facing the needle?
And while it's appalling that by his tally ten police officers have been killed statewide in the last year and a half, has he ever called the Pride Agenda or any other agency to learn how many GLBT New Yorkers have been killed in the last year and a half?
How many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered New Yorkers have been killed in the last year and a half?
How many murdered? I'll bet more than ten.
How many through medical neglect? More than ten.
How many after starving on the streets? More than ten.
How many does Joseph Bruno care about? I truly wonder.