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.


  1. kpo5 says

    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.

  2. says

    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.

  3. Robert says

    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.

  4. NY2.0 says

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

  5. dms says

    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.

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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.

  8. oakpope says

    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 !

  9. say what says

    “…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

  10. Mickey says

    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.

  11. says

    “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.

  12. MateoM says

    “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.

  13. jamal49 says

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

  14. Misty says

    @Jason: The justice Department stopped defending DOMA declaring it unconstitutional, and the president has advocated for the Respect for Marriage Act in 2011. He made strides in that direction already. I don’t know why there is so much suspicion now.

  15. Matt says

    With Democrats, if you’re not in it for the social justice, you’re nothing more than a lazy bum who has his hand out saying gimme gimme gimme, but keep mine away from everyone else.

  16. David says

    “….you are all a part of my family”

    And this is how she treats her family? I’m sure she’ll be happy in her new family. Oh, wait, I’m not sure she’ll ever be happy.

    How sad.

  17. jim says

    Gotta wonder why she was a democrat in the first place, it’s not like the party hasn’t been gay-supportive for the last 15 years.

  18. says

    Saying this woman is a leader is a bit of a stretch…I have served on the PA Dem State Committee she was just a member hardly a leader

  19. Tatts says


    Blair County has only 126,000 people in the entire county, almost half of which are in Altoona, the only “city” in the county. It’s largely Republican, so the Dems are insignificant there anyway.

    Not really news.

  20. wimsy says

    My deity told me that marriage equality is good, and JoAnn’s silly beliefs are all based on a mistranslation, like the 72 virgins. Luckily, there’s no afterlife, so she won’t face eternal damnation for her heresy. But she will have a miserable, lonely, anxious existence as a sanctimonious scold before her rage bursts an embolism and prematurely ends her sad life. Bye JoAnn