Dalton area readers may remember hearing in “the news” that many Democrat state House members walked out of the House Chamber instead of casting a vote on a recent Resolution condemning Hamas terrorism.
Here is a bit of that Dec. 4, 2023 story taken from the liberal AJC:
“The Georgia House adopted a Resolution that condemned the deadly Hamas attack against Israel as a “disgusting display of hatred and evil” in a vote Monday that exposed a sharp Democratic divide over the growing conflict in the Middle East.
It passed 129-2 after an hourlong debate, with dozens of Democrats abstaining from the vote. Others were marked absent after several Democratic lawmakers said they wouldn’t back the measure.
The vote was engineered by Republicans to demonstrate GOP unity behind Israel — and highlight political divisions among Democrats…”
(read the entire AJC report here).
What the AJC did not report was that Dalton Republican Kasey Carpenter did not vote on the same Resolution. If you want to ask him why, his Capitol contact info is here.
To see the vote record on the House resolution (HR 4EX) click here then find “12/04/2023 House vote #10” on the bottom,
left right side.
The House Resolution is pasted below from the General Assembly website.
House Resolution 4EX
By: Representatives Cox of the 28th, Panitch of the 51st, Carson of the 46th, Efstration of the 104th, McDonald of the 26th, and others
- Condemning Hamas terrorism, expressing our support for the Jewish people; and for other
- WHEREAS, the heinous murders committed by Hamas are a disgusting display of hatred and
- evil and are offensive to every decent human being; and
- WHEREAS, the unprovoked attacks included shooting the elderly at point-blank range,
- murdering babies, raping young women, and torturing families in front of loved ones; and
- WHEREAS, the terrorists further took hundreds of innocent hostages, including Americans,
- back into Gaza for continued torture and abuse; and
- WHEREAS, these vicious acts have been condoned by some individuals and groups within
- the United States, including within the State of Georgia, through social media posts, public
- rallies, and calls for a “National Day of Resistance”; and
- WHEREAS, as legislative leaders, it is our duty to call out hatred when we see it, both from
- Hamas and those who misguidedly support them; andH. R. 4EX -1-
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- WHEREAS, we must stand united with our Jewish friends, neighbors, and colleagues to
- reject Hamas and the terror they seek to perpetuate; and
- WHEREAS, our prayers go out to the families who have lost loved ones in these attacks and
- to the brave Israeli soldiers who are exercising their nation’s right to self-defense by fighting
- back against the Hamas terrorists who seek the eradication of the Jewish people; we stand
- with Israel.
- NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES that
- the members of this body condemn Hamas and those who support their violent and hateful
- acts both in the United States and the State of Georgia, and express our support for the
- Jewish people.
- BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is authorized
- and directed to make appropriate copies of this resolution available for distribution to the
- public and the press.