FIC Action yesterday called upon Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams and House Speaker Chris Donovan to remove Sen. Andrew McDonald and Rep. Michael Lawlor from their positions as co-chairs of the Judiciary Committee. You can read the details on our homepage. The best media reports available so far come from The Courant and from CT News Junkie.

One clarification: What I told CT News Junkie was that I did not expect legislative leaders to heed my call to oust Lawlor and McDonald right away. Whether or not it happens at all will depend on how many people contact Sen. Williams and Rep. Donovan to request it–that’s how we beat the bishop removal bill and assisted suicide. To be sure, it would be unusual for them to heed our request. But it’s unusual for 5,000 people to descend on the state Capitol on a few days notice and it is unusual for the Judiciary Committee¬†to summarily cancel hearings on two bad bills in the space of a week. This is a time for unusual occurrences.

I’ll be on Dan Lovallo after the 5 PM news today to discuss all of this.

3 Responses to “FIC Action Calls for Ouster of Lawlor, McDonald as Co-Chairs of Judiciary Committee”

  1. on 20 Mar 2009 at 8:57 amRobert R

    I don’t expect any Democrat to divorce themselves from these two radical liberals. Asking a Democrat bunch to police other Democrats is like asking a cop to rat on a fellow cop. Besides, holding a Democrat to a moral standard is nigh impossible when they haven’t one. The opposite is true when they cross party lines should a Republican step out in some perceived immorality or wrong doing, Democrats call for their head on a platter and demand they step down even without hearing the facts.

    When there are no moral standards in a party there is no outcry from within that party. Such appears to be the situation in the Democrat party. Who but the Democrat party leads the surge to enact homosexual laws, seeks to remove restraint from abortion restrictions, seeks to remove personal conscience protections for persons of faith, seeks to remove religious liberty and seeks to enact death and suicide legislation, increasing tax burdens, person freedom restrictions,etc. The list goes on and on.

    How can there be moral outrage within a party when an immoral or unconstitutional law is proposed if there is no moral backbone to begin with?

    We the people have to act on our own in the coming elections. That is the only way to police the party.

  2. on 20 Mar 2009 at 10:50 pmTricia

    I agree with FIC Action, and what Robert has written in post #1 (mostly, that is). I felt long before bill 1098, that Lawlor and McDonald had exhibited a PATTERN of Catholic-bashing in public hearings that I have attended over the last 4 or 5 years.

    Not only did they interrogate Peter and other Catholics, on March 6th and in past years, in the style of an INQUISITION—but they deliberately attempted to lay snares for them, hoping that they would say something hateful and/or bigoted.

    It reminds me of words from Isaiah 29:21 “…make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate…” Note that in my Bible’s footnote, it says that the “gate” is “the place of public transactions.”

    Is not Hartford, and our state’s public hearings in the Judiciary Committee one of those very places “of public transactions?”

    Lawlor and McDonald’s behavior in many of these public hearings I have attended has been atrociously unprofessional and INTOLERANT, when a Catholic who holds traditional beliefs and values has been testifying. I say this as one who is NOT Catholic, but joins in calling for their REMOVAL!

  3. on 20 Mar 2009 at 11:09 pmTricia

    House Speaker Donovan may well be disinclined to remove Lawlor and McDonald from their co-chair positions. But if thousands of Connecticut residents were to bombard his office, and that of Senate President Williams, with calls for their “ouster,” then the pressure might become so insistent that they will start to view the idea more favorably.

    Those of us who have Democrat legislators representing us can also make our strong feelings known to them, as well.

    BTW, those who share my impressions of the conduct of Lawlor and McDonald as co-chairs of the Judiciary Committee may enjoy linking to the CT-N “Media On-Demand” broadcast of the committee meeting held on Thursday 3/19 (at 9 a.m.), *before* the public hearing that day.

    It was quite humorous at times to see and listen to Lawlor and McDonald try to DEFEND their actions regarding bill 1098, and to see and hear some of their committee colleagues ‘take them to the woodshed,’ so to speak!

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