After reporting last night about his walk away from a tough vote on restoring abstinence education funding last week, Senator Chuck Colgan (D-29, Manassas) did the right thing, and came home today in dramatic Senate floor action that ended just a while ago. Here are the basics:
Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Fairfax) offered a budget amendment to ban any funding to Planned Parenthood tonight during the budget debate. Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-35, Springfield) tried to block it by forcing a vote on the budget itself, but Lt. Governor Bill Bolling ruled his motion out of order because the amendment was on the floor. All 19 Republicans held firm and Senator Colgan held true to his pro-life believes, bucking Northern Virginia liberal Senators Saslaw and Mary Margaret Whipple (D-31, Arlington). They actually kept the Senate in recess for three-and-a-half hours, hoping to sweat him out, but it didn't work.
Senator Whipple, the Senate Democrat Caucus Chair who, we have learned from more than one inside and credible source, is the real power in the Democrat caucus - part whip, part party ideologue in charge of leftist purity - must be livid right now. We just don't know if her anger is directed more at Senator Saslaw or Senator Colgan. Either way, it won't be pleasant in either one of their shoes for a while as the new majority continues to fumble away its base's payback issues: No domestic partner benefits for certain localities, no contraception-only education and, now, no money for Planned Parenthood; the latter two killed in the Senate itself!
We just hope Senator Colgan is feeling okay. After all, pro-life Democrats are an endangered species, and we all know how Democrats feel about them.