Liberal group hits Crawford on amendment

Posted April 26, 2012

— Liberal Democrats are attacking Rep. Jim Crawford, D-Granville, who was a member of the "gang of five" conservative democrats who helped pass last year's budget over Gov. Bev Perdue's objections.

Crawford is in a primary against fellow Democratic incumbent Rep. Winkie Wilkins of Person County. The two were drawn into the same district when legislative lines were redrawn. 

In addition to his work on the budget, liberal dems are hitting Crawford for his support of the constitutional amendment on the May 8 ballot that would add a definition of marriage to the state constitution. To that end, Progress NC has been shopping the following video from a candidates forum this month. 

In the video, a lesbian woman takes Crawford to task over his support for the amendment.

"(T)hat hateful piece of discriminatory legislation that would be put in our constitution of this state was introduced by Jim Crawford and I'll never forgive you for that, because you slapped me and every gay person in this state when you did that," she said.

Crawford responded by acknowledging he had submitted amendment drafts but he did not favor the version that's on the ballot. 

"I will definitely vote against it because I think it goes to far," Crawford said.

A couple things worth pointing out here:


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  • davidgnews Apr 28, 2012

    "speaker tillus aint got his priorities in order"

    Tillis has his priorities very much in order, but it's only pushing a pent-up social agenda that has nothing to do with helping the state of North Carolina.

  • wildpig777 Apr 27, 2012

    speaker tillus aint got his priorities in order

  • johnphill Apr 27, 2012

    Let's hold him accountable. If he wants to be a republican let him run with them.

  • geoherb1 Apr 27, 2012

    Adding discriminatory language to our state constitution is not the right thing to do. Even Speaker Tillis admits this amendment will not stand the test of time.

  • wildpig777 Apr 27, 2012

    Rep Crawford -- you prolly wont see this but -- you're on the right side.

  • SaveEnergyMan Apr 27, 2012

    This is what is wrong with politics. The tone of this article suggests Rep. Crawford is being held accountable to his party. He is truly only accountable to his constituent voters. November (and perhaps May) elections should decide his future, not a few political elitist who think they know more than the people that they are supposed to serve.

  • Rico Apr 26, 2012

    He is just doing what is morally the right thing to do for humankind.