North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr’s vote to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ isn’t sitting well with some fellow Republicans back in his home state, even as one prominent local Democrat plans to thank him in writing.The Charlotte Observer reports that county commissioner Bill James has vowed not to support Burr in future elections.
“I think there are a lot of things that people of all political stripes tolerate from their politicians,” James said. “But endorsing immorality and allowing military recruits to be preyed on by homosexuals is not one that I will tolerate.”
Two other Republican commissioners, Karen Bentley and Jim Pendergraph, said they were against repeal, though they did not criticize Burr directly for his vote.
According to the Observer, the responses came after the commission chair, Democrat Jennifer Roberts, said she wanted to send of thanks on behalf of the board to Burr and three other lawmakers from the state who voted for repeal. A number of Republicans objected to being included, and Roberts nixed the plan. She told the paper she still plans to send out a letter, but on her own campaign letterhead.
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