MNGOP Sen. Dan Hall suggests gay marriage supporters are unpatriotic
Hall later said "no one is calling anyone unpatriotic."
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Either Dan Hall isn't worried about pissing off pro-gay marriage independents and conservatives, or he really needs to think twice before hitting that "Tweet" button.
Hall -- a first-term MNGOP Senator representing parts of Bloomington, Savage, and Burnsville who is up for reelection this November -- is feeling blowback after suggesting yesterday that gay marriage supporters are unpatriotic.
Here's Hall's tweet, which featured a photo of three homes on a residential street in Duluth. Two of the homes have "Vote No" signs without an American flag visible in their yards; the third has no political yard signs, but does have an American flag flying from the porch:
-- Dan Hall (@SenatorDanHall) August 20, 2012
Criticism of Hall's suggestion was fast, furious, and spanned the gamut.
One reply came from retiring Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, the state's best-known pro-gay marriage conservative. Kriesel simply pointed out that Hall's suggestion is incorrect:
I have a flag in my yard. RT
@senatordanhall: Why is it you never see an US flag where you see a Vote No for the Marriage Amendment sign?
-- John Kriesel (@johnkriesel) August 20, 2012
Other GOPers were offended:
@senatordanhall Wow... As a Dakota County Republican whose voting no, I'm kind of offended by the insinuation that I'm not patriotic.
-- Daniel Wolter (@DJWolter) August 20, 2012
While other responses were more colorful and suggested that Hall's tweet could help raise some bucks for Minnesotans United for All Families:
-- kcmpls (@kcmpls) August 20, 2012
Later in the day, Hall started sending a standard reply to all the indignant folks contacting him:
@eventcloudpro Everyone seems touchy when I give them my observation. U read into it what U want, but no one is calling anyone unpatriotic.
-- Dan Hall (@SenatorDanHall) August 21, 2012
But that'd be easier to believe if Sen. Hall hadn't published a tweet just the day before that clearly drew a connection between being a flag-flaunting Republican and patriotism:
-- Dan Hall (@SenatorDanHall) August 18, 2012
Same-sex marriage is one thing, but we're also offended that one of our legislators still struggles with the distinction between "their" and "they're."
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