UPDATE: I found the quote that Reichert's spokeswoman gave me back in 2007 after he voted for the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA).
Here's what she said:
When dealing with this issue as well as the issue of hate crimes legislation, the Congressman relies on his experience as the Sheriff of King County. As the Sheriff, he dealt with this issue firsthand, and understands that federal law must employ fairness and equality on all fronts, especially in the workplace. This was his policy as Sheriff and it remains that today. He believes in equality of opportunity, that an individual should have an equal chance for success through hard work, without being denied their rights in the workplace, simply by virtue of who they are.
Reichert released this statement today about his No vote on repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
"Let me be clear: I am not suggesting homosexuals should not be able to serve openly in the military. One of the greatest duties of this Congress is to protect the freedoms and liberties of all Americans. I hope we can all agree that it is unjust to deny people the right to pursue the American Dream and realize success and opportunity in the workplace. That's why I've supported legislation such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. However, I believe policy decisions affecting the military must reflect the input, perspectives, and judgment of the generals in command, and a decision on this issue must be entrusted to them. We must continue to support the men and women who are risking their lives each and every day and ensure that they have the best training and equipment available to carry out their duties."
We don't mean to obsess over Rep. Dave Reichert (R-8) today (earlier, we reported that Reichert signed a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski with other House Republicans today that would hinder net neutrality, contradicting his earlier statements and votes).
But here's another apparent flip-flop.
As we noted in this morning's Morning Fizz, Reichert voted against repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell" yesterday.
However, in November 2007, Reichert broke with the GOP and voted for the Employment Non Discrimination Act, which prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. It passed 235-185 with 35 Republicans supporting it. It did not pass the Senate.
He made a moving statement about it at the time which I can't seem to track down online. I believe I wrote about it for the Stranger, but I'm having trouble getting this link to work.