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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. @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.

    Posted by: Misty | May 24, 2012 3:25:23 PM

  2. 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.

    Posted by: Matt | May 24, 2012 3:46:10 PM

  3. I guess I'm in it for the social justice

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 24, 2012 4:02:23 PM

  4. "....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.

    Posted by: David | May 24, 2012 5:09:34 PM

  5. 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.

    Posted by: jim | May 24, 2012 6:45:53 PM

  6. 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

    Posted by: Donald | May 24, 2012 6:59:51 PM

  7. Bye Jo Ann. Have fun with Mittens!

    Posted by: Chicklets | May 24, 2012 7:03:54 PM

  8. Bon Voyage!

    Posted by: Harry | May 24, 2012 9:04:04 PM

  9. Meh.

    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.

    Posted by: Tatts | May 24, 2012 11:04:45 PM

  10. Don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out! Bigot!

    Posted by: Jeffrey Dunivant | May 25, 2012 3:38:51 AM

  11. @LITTLEKIWI I'm in love with you. You always nail it. Always.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 25, 2012 12:13:00 PM

  12. 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

    Posted by: wimsy | May 28, 2012 2:48:27 PM

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