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Youngblood Faces Retaliation?
Rep. Rosita Youngblood is claiming that Democratic Party officials have retaliated for her unwillingness to support Rep. Dennis O’Brien for speaker. According to an article in the Daily News, Youngblood’s daughter-in-law was fired from her position at the state police hours after Youngblood voted for Perzel. Later that evening, someone shot out her car window. There isn’t any concrete evidence that the two events are related to her vote, but Youngblood is now maintaining that these are acts of retribution.
I don’t really know what to say about the car window. If it really was done by someone connected to the party, that’s pretty outrageous. I completely disagree with Youngblood’s vote, but that should be dealt with in the Democratic primary. Political retribution is enough. There is simply no excuse for using any type of violence to send a message.
There really isn’t anyway to tell if the firing of Youngblood’s daughter-in-law was related to her vote for Perzel. I hope it wasn’t. Again, Youngblood should be dealt with in the Democratic primary. The politics of personal destruction is exactly why DeWeese couldn’t muster enough votes to become speaker. This type of retribution is exactly what disgusts so many people about how business works in Harrisburg.
Frankly, this type of stuff has the potential to actually strengthen Youngblood. She can now use these two things as a tool to get sympathy from her constituents. It could help her move outrage away from her vote. That’s bad for progressives and the Democratic Party as a whole. If Democratic Party leaders want to deal with her vote for Perzel, the best thing to do would be to focus on finding a good primary challenger.