Betsy Smith, Executive Director of EqualityMaine, via e-mail, on the decision of Sens. Snowe and Collins to hold the repeal of "don't ask don't tell" hostage until they're able to push through a tax cut for the tiny fraction of Americans with incomes of more than $250,000 per year:
It is particularly distressing to myself and our members across the state of Maine that both Senators Collins and Snowe have chosen a path of partisan rancor instead of reflecting Maine values of independent spirit for the common good...They have committed to voting for repeal of this grossly unfair policy in the past. It's time for them to live up to that commitment and for Mainers to remind them of it with their phone calls, letters and emails.It's worth reiterating that the junior senator has backtracked over the course of the day--or at least tried to leave the impression that she's done so.
But the letter Collins signed says what it says.