Thursday, July 05, 2012

NY Post: Cuomo's SUNY Pick
Socarides Criticized by Gay Activists

Remember my June 22 post questioning why ambitious Democratic Party hack Richard Socarides was chosen by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the State University of New York's board of trustees? My concern was a glaring lack of higher education credentials on Socarides' resume and my post generated a story in today's NY Post.

I'm pleased to see my old friends Allen Roskoff and Bill Dobbs get quoted, and quite shocked that Socarides, a man who adores being in the media's limelight, had nothing to say. Let's hope Socarides and Cuomo get around to explaining the qualifications and reasons why his appointment was made.

From the NY Post's Albany bureau chief Erik Kriss:

Gov. Cuomo, a gay-community hero for spearheading last year’s legalization of same-sex marriage, is taking rare heat from gay activists for a recent appointment to the State University board of trustees. 

Some gay activists blame Cuomo’s pick, Manhattan lawyer Richard Socarides, for helping former President Bill Clinton push through his “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military, as well as the 1996 federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. 

“This man has tried to undo the work of a generation of gay activists,” said Allen Roskoff, president of the city’s Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club [...].

“This is an embarrassing, shameful appointment,” added Bill Dobbs, another longtime gay activist. 

Socarides, who is gay, did not respond to requests for comment. 

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