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Citing President Obama's Gay Marriage Support, PA Dem Leader Resigns


For six years Jo Ann Nardelli has sat on the Democratic Party's Pennsylvania state committee, and in 2008 used her position to help elect President Obama. How times - and political allegiances - change.

Nardelli resigned from her post yesterday and endorsed Mitt Romney because she says can't stand with a president or party that supports gay marriage, PoliticsPA reports.

"I respect all of you and all that I have achieved in the past. Due to personal matters and faith beliefs at this time, it is only fair to resign,” she wrote in her resignation letter. “I will miss you all very much as you are all a part of my family; however, it is time to move forward with my life in a direction that is more in line with my faith.”

Though Nardelli's citing marriage equality, some Democratic insiders claim she's in fact bitter that she lost two campaigns to become the Blair County Commissioner, campaigns she accused party insiders of derailing.

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  1. Good riddance. The Republican party is a much better fit for a theocrat like her

    Posted by: Steve | May 24, 2012 12:58:45 PM

  2. Don't let the door hit you on your way out.

    Posted by: Tone | May 24, 2012 1:06:08 PM

  3. Don't let the door hit you on your way out.

    Posted by: Tone | May 24, 2012 1:06:11 PM

  4. The party was a heck of a lot better after the Dixiecrats left.

    I have no doubt those leaving now will have the same impact.

    Posted by: kpo5 | May 24, 2012 1:07:04 PM

  5. Because a bogus and scripturally-baseless "opposition" to marriage equality clearly means more to her than, well, everything else.

    This is one of those funny things; you know when you get gay republicans say "well, i'm not a one-issue voter" (as if all democrats are)? Well, when it comes to still-divisive issues like this, the bigots ARE "one issue voters"

    they can't vote based on reason, fact, or actual policy. they just vote based on whatever they think their religious leaders want.

    which, in a country that is supposed to have a separation of church and state, makes no actual sense whatsoever.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 24, 2012 1:09:00 PM

  6. It's about time this boil on the ass of our politics got lanced. The mixing of the so-called two parties has become ridiculous.

    Posted by: Robert | May 24, 2012 1:17:37 PM

  7. Really. Who cares? She's got one vote.

    Posted by: Ken | May 24, 2012 1:18:39 PM

  8. Bye-bye Jo Anne. Don't let the door hitcha where the good lord splitcha.

    Posted by: walt | May 24, 2012 1:20:05 PM

  9. and did she list her achievements :D ?

    Posted by: Malaysian Ho | May 24, 2012 1:21:37 PM

  10. I really wish more like her would leave. She will be welcomed with open arms by the GOP on the wrong side of history.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | May 24, 2012 1:24:21 PM

  11. It's difficult to imagine that a single issue would sway anyone to vote one way or another. Especially a leader within a party. So she turns her back on every other issue where this is a clear choice? She's going to vote for a guy who wants to expand the military and lead the world to fighting more wars? She wants to vote for the guy who things corporations are people too? She wants to vote for the guy who wants to abolish the Depts. of Education, Energy, etc. Who wants to cut taxes for the wealthy? For a guy who is selling the lie that we can drill our way to oil independence? For a guy who wants to repeal the healthcare law so only the lucky can afford insurance? Because Obama supports marriage equality? Bizarre. I wonder if how widespread this narrative will be for the rank and file. I know what the polls say, but it does make me worry that voters in the swing states may feel the same way.

    Posted by: dms | May 24, 2012 1:28:58 PM

  12. So when her little life has passed, her legacy will be choosing to be on the wrong side of history because the President and his party chose to be on the right side of history. Proud moment for the family scrapbook, Jo Ann!

    Posted by: Ernie | May 24, 2012 1:29:22 PM

  13. Buh, bye!

    Posted by: Andrew | May 24, 2012 1:30:15 PM

  14. LITTLE KIWI nails it for a 10!

    Posted by: David R. | May 24, 2012 1:40:45 PM

  15. You sound like a lot of bitchy, vindictive queens. You're not representing yourself too well. Is it possible for one person to have a different opinion? I find Obama's recent lovefest with gays to be suspect. No laws have changed, nothing's been signed. If the gay issue was so strong for him, why has he waited until 7 months before the election to reveal these impassioned feelings? We have to tolerate other views. Rise above. This is still America. Truth will prevail.

    Posted by: Jason | May 24, 2012 1:51:03 PM

  16. Goodbye forever!

    Posted by: James in Hollywood | May 24, 2012 1:53:28 PM

  17. I could have understood why she resigned (even if it's on reasons I disagree entirely), but to switch completely to Romney like that ? This indicates that she was not sincere in her political views right at the beginning. So : good riddance !

    Posted by: oakpope | May 24, 2012 1:58:47 PM

  18. @LittleKiwi - exactly!

    Posted by: Jack M | May 24, 2012 2:04:51 PM

  19. "...she's in fact bitter that she lost two campaigns to become the Blair County Commissioner..."

    ding ding ding

    but scapegoating us evil gays is easier than admiting the truth

    Posted by: say what | May 24, 2012 2:07:40 PM

  20. When a "christian" tells you he or she must vote for a mormon rather than the christian candidate President Obama because of his or her faith they are only doing more of the same: Lying their asses off.

    Posted by: Mickey | May 24, 2012 2:13:07 PM

  21. JC Jason never ends nor could he ever do enough
    Yes her right

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 24, 2012 2:18:15 PM

  22. "We have to tolerate other views."

    When those views are wrong, no, we don't. She couldn't tolerate equality, so she quit. Why should anyone tolerate those who support inequality? Nothing bitchy about self-respect.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 24, 2012 2:22:49 PM

  23. "We have to tolerate other views. Rise above. This is still America. Truth will prevail."

    Jason: Tolerance is not the issue here. TBH, most of us couldn't care less if a bunch of theocrats think LGBT are an abomination. I tolerate such ignorance because people are entitled to believe whatever they want. The problem is that these people want to deny or strip away the rights of LGBT people, to ostracize and bully LGBT youth, and marginalize LGBT voices.

    To fight for and be outraged by those who go out of their way to deny us the rights and privileges granted to every non-LGBT individual or couple, for no other reason than because we're not heterosexual, is not intolerance: it's fighting for justice.

    Posted by: MateoM | May 24, 2012 2:35:12 PM

  24. Who cares? A bigot less in the Democratic Party. Good riddance!

    Posted by: Peter M. | May 24, 2012 2:50:09 PM

  25. Don't let the door bang you in the ass on your way out the door, Jo Ann. Good riddance.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 24, 2012 3:09:44 PM

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