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Spano Quotes Coretta Scott King to Oppose Civil Rights Bill

Sure, Ross. Why not?

This morning, we told you about scandal-plagued Congressman Ross Spano (FL-15) and how his campaign strangely volunteered that they actually raised $0 from the grassroots.

Well, it’s been about five minutes since then, so naturally the embattled Congressman has gone ahead and done another dumb thing.

Before voting against the Equality Act, legislation that would extend civil rights protections to LGBTQ people, Congressman Spano took to the floor of the U.S. House to rail against the idea of providing legal protections against discrimination…. and quoted Coretta Scott King to do it.

“Speaking on the floor Friday morning, Rep. Ross Spano (R-FL) cited Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., as part of his argument that the Equality Act — also known as H.R. 5 — would infringe on the ‘religious liberty’ of those with anti-LGBTQ beliefs.

“H.R. 5 would in fact simply extend civil rights protections to LGBTQ individuals.

“‘Coretta Scott King wisely said, ‘Freedom is never really won. We earn it and win it in every new generation,’ Spano said Friday. ‘H.R. 5 is bad for freedom.’”

So, we’ll repeat what we said about Congressman Spano this morning:

Most people understand the law of holes: if you find yourself in one, stop digging

Clearly, Congressman Spano is not one of those people.

“Ross Spano is a disgrace,” DCCC spokesperson Avery Jaffe said. “Not only is he corrupt, but by citing a civil rights leader while attempting to deny others their civil rights, he shows a despicable and audacious shamelessness.”


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