10 Democrats voted yes. 9 Republicans voted no. 1 Republican was absent. 1 Democrat did not vote. That non voting Democrat, Senator Brian Bushweller, betrayed all working class people today for whatever petulant reason he has for not voting. Not voting means you are in the chamber and can vote, but you choose not to. He is not sick. Not on his death bed. He chose not to help out working people. He is thankfully retiring at the end of this session, so his Casino loving ass will be gone shortly, but in the meantime, he is to be condemned. Because of his nonvote, which is a de facto no vote for our purposes, meant that the Minimum Wage bill is defeated for this session.
Attention all Democrats in the Senate and House, do not, under any circumstances, allow a vote on Bushweller’s Casino bill. If Dover Downs and Delaware Park want to discuss a new tax rate, then they will find a new sponsor, who will put forward a new bill.
Here are the voting details:
SB10 – RAISING MINIMUM WAGE.
SPONSOR: Marshall, Henry, Baumbach, Bentz, Heffernan, Keeley, Kowalko, McDowell, Osienski, Paradee
YES VOTES: Ennis, Hansen, Henry, Marshall, McBride, McDowell, Poore, Sokola, Townsend, Walsh
NO VOTES: Bonini, Cloutier, Delcollo, Hocker, Lavelle, Lawson, Lopez, Pettyjohn, Richardson
NOT VOTING: Bushweller
HISTORY: Released from Senate Labor Committee.
STATUS: On Senate Ready List
Now, I have to vent for a moment. Speaking about petty things, we have to talk about this picture.
The man speaking is Joe Fitzgerald. He is a current lobbyist, former vice chairman of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, and a former employee of the Delaware Department of Labor. Here he was inexplicably testifying against Senate Bill 10, the bill to raise the minimum wage. It appears, from the angle this photo was taken, that the person taking this photo was Senate Majority Whip, Nicole Poore (D). Mr. Fitzgerald is a friend of Senator Poore.
Delaware is a small state, and its governmental, business and legal communities smaller still. It is fine to have friends across the aisle who disagree with you. But if I were a Democratic Senator, and not just a Democratic Senator but a Democratic Senator who was also in the Democratic Senate Leadership, I am not sure I would be happily documenting my friend’s testimony whose goal is depriving working people a raise in income. I am not sure I would be then sending that photo from my phone to my friend’s phone so that he could post it to his Facebook and brag about denying working people a raise. I think, as a Democratic Senator, I would say to my friend to have a Republican take the picture. Or Brian Bushweller.
Now, Senator Poore voted for the minimum wage bill to her credit. But this picture was bad form on her part. Democrats should not be helping the bastards trying to kill a minimum wage increase to actually advertise their efforts.