While outsiders might be confused about who's the liberal in the Doherty vs. DiBileo race for mayor of Scranton, because they're both apparently Democrats who apparently have the support of Republicans... It seems people with the most progressive, liberal, political opinions, seem to be in the most active support of Doherty. DiBileo has focused his campaign on tax cuts and more police & law enforcement, whereas Doherty has been for making the city more attractive to bring higher paying jobs into the area, beautifying the city parks, and passed an anti-discrimination ordinance.
But I think it's also important to note that Northeastern Pennsylvania is highly Democrat, yet many local Democratic party politicians are actually rather conservative. (Paul Kanjorski immediately comes to mind.)
As for Steven Curtis Chapman... While there's no direct evidence of him endorsing Republican candidates or any specific conservative agenda, his concerts' opening acts have featured bands that also performed at the Republican National Conventions.
One active Democrat had this to say about Chapman:
"Steven Curtis Chapman is a Contemporary Christian Rock artist who, while not being a fundamentalist nut-job, certainly is no liberal Democrat like Doherty." -- John D.
Steven Curtis Chapman is also listed as one of the "Righties" on Celiberal.com, although the link to "see why" doesn't actually mention Steven Curtis Chapman.
(I tried to sign up for the forum there in order to pose the question as to why, specifically, he's on their Righties list, and for clarification on that link, but as of this time, my membership to post has not yet been approved.)
Even if perhaps Steven Curtis Chapman's popularity with conservative Christians is merely due to his deep commitment to supporting affordable adoption (I found no evidence he directly supports any anti-abortion related political groups), and the devout Christianity in his song lyrics (I've not found any specifically political lyrics)... he still supported the campaign to 'get out the conservative Christian vote' (which was highly in favour of Republicans), and his career is obviously fueled by an abundance of politically conservative Christians.
Furthermore, I've seen no evidence that Chris Doherty favours any conservative religious agendas.
So whichever way, it still seems like a bit of a faux pas to use Chapman's music for Doherty's campaign advertisement.
That said, I personally think it's a shame that lately some people seem convinced that Christian and Liberal are mutually exclusive, just as it's a shame some people equate Islam with terrorism.
(Note: This is not an endorsement of any candidate, obviously.) (Note: This is also not an advertisement for Steven Curtis Chapman's music.)
(Thanks John D. for the tip.)
posted by Chloe | Tuesday 08 November 2005 1:33 AM
I find compelled to point out that my PAC has still endorsed Chris.
Also, I like Steven Curtis Chapman -- ever since I was like 10.
Posted by John D. | Tuesday 08 November 2005 1:53AM
I found it interesting that my conservative Republican parents were both supporting Doghertery. Partially because they are artists (DeBilieo's apocryphal* "Scranton is too artsy" comment didn't help him any), and partially becuase they are truly concerned with the economic future of Scranton. Which meant only one choice in this campaign.
But all of this is somewhat moot as neither I nor my parents live in Scranton.
*apocryphal as in "I can't find a written record to support this, so I'll have to trust the un-named weekly newspaper editor who said this to me."
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