PA Dems Turn on One of Their Own for Missing Severance Tax Vote

Yesterday MDN brought you the news that on Tuesday the latest effort to keep debating (and potentially pass) a horrible severance tax bill had failed by a single vote in the PA House (see 1 Vote Saves the Day – PA Severance Tax Vote Delayed to Next Year). Momentum is everything in these kinds of fights, and the severance tax bill has lost its momentum. It now will not be considered until at least Jan. 22 of next year. Democrats are fuming at the loss–a single vote! So they began scouring the list of those who voted for extending debate (and potentially voting to pass the bill), and found one of their own missed the vote. State Rep. Kevin Haggerty, Democrat from Scranton, didn’t show up for the vote–and he’s a reliable Big Left/Democrat voter. He assuredly would have voted to approve continuing the debate. Thing is, Haggerty has now missed 23 straight voting sessions and 300 roll call votes. So the long knives have come out for Haggerty. He blew it. And the Dems are fuming mad. Why has Haggerty missed so many days and so many votes? Because he’s going through a divorce and he needs to stay home with his two young children. If Haggerty were a woman–or a transgender–and made the same excuse for missing votes, Democrats would have been silent. Not a peep. But because Haggerty is a white male (the worst of the worst of the WORST), his fellow lefty Democrats are willing to boil him in political oil…

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