Patrick Murphy

Pushing DADT Repeal Through Congress Falls in the Hands of Iraq War Vet


Your new Congressional point person on repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell? That would be Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Murphy, who takes over leading the bill from just-exited Rep. Ellen Tauscher, who left the Congress on Friday to become Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. So is Murphy our guy to push this thing through?

He sure has us believing that’s the case. Unlike some big names, there’s little talk about “reviewing” or “revising” DADT in Murphy’s camp. Just a full repeal. “It is vital to our national security,” he says. “We have troops that are fighting in two wars and we need every qualified able-bodied individual who is able to serve.”

Murphy should know. He’s an Iraq war veteran.

But even with 150 co-sponsors, Murphy is asking for patience. “This is going to take months and months, but change is going to happen.” Indeed, given folks like Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is pretending to care about military families as an excuse to hold things up.

If there’s one guy who can act as a liaison between The Hill and the military, you’d expect it’s Murphy.