Wednesday, April 25, 2007

DPO, BRO Responses to "Gay Rights Tragedy" Richardson

From the Democratic Party of Oregon, we get a statement that is short and to the point--but a welcome response from state Democrats. Let's hope they're beginning work on finding someone--anyone!--to run against this guy next year...

The Virginia Tech massacre was a tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. The equal rights legislation is an historic civil rights victory for Oregon. Representative Richardson’s comments are disgusting and inaccurate.

Meredith Wood Smith
Democratic Party of Oregon

Basic Rights Oregon Interim Exec Director Aisling Coghlan goes a little further:
While our nation mourns the unprecedented loss of life at Virginia Tech, and tries to recover from the enormity of this loss, Rep. Richardson makes a vulgar comparison insulting to not only Oregonians, but to those most deeply impacted by the massacre. For Richardson to say that protecting Oregon families in times of crisis is equivalent to the mass murder of some of the best and brightest America has to offer is beyond extremely distasteful--it is outright abhorrent.

Basic Rights Oregon's thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty, families and entire school community as they recover from this devastating event at Virginia Tech.