Republican candidate for Congress Lisa Wilson-Foley
took the opportunity Wednesday to jab her Republican opponent Andrew Roraback on his vote in favor of moving a death penalty repeal bill forward.
"All Republicans need to be counted and I urge State Sen. Andrew Roraback
to reconsider his position and vote to keep the death penalty the law of the land," she said.
But perhaps Wilson-Foley, and her potential supporters, should be reminded of one or two things.
First, Roraback did not vote in favor of death penalty repeal Wednesday. He voted in favor of the the bill in concept
, which does little more than open the bill for a public hearing. Legislators very often vote in favor of a bill they do not support, at this stage, merely because it is a weighty enough issue to warrant a conversation.
Roraback has not, yet this year, voted in favor of repeal. He may, but Wednesday's vote was not a vote cast against the death penalty. It was a vote cast in favor of conversation.
Second, while Roraback, as a sitting legislator
, does have to address the issue, and even vote on it. Wilson-Foley, not currently in office and seeking a position in U.S. Congress, will most likely never cast a vote either for or against, even if she wins.
Wilson-Foley's full release is below:
"Wednesday's vote to bring the Death Penalty back into public debate is a wake up call to those who believe in justice for heinous crimes against innocent people. Keeping and strengthening the death penalty is critical to keeping our communities safe, not repealing it.
"It is important for all Republicans, Democrats and Unaffiliated voters to call their legislators and make their voices heard. It is unbelievable that the liberals would defy the overwhelming will of the people who support a death penalty for capital crimes."
"This is a critical moment for those who are tired of politicians putting their interests before the safety of our citizens."
"All Republicans need to be counted and I urge State Sen. Andrew Roraback to reconsider his position and vote to keep the death penalty the law of the land."
"We need to keep our death penalty on the books and work on methods to make it a more effective tool to protect us from those who have done harm to innocent victims."
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