Two of the folks who got to ask Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden turned out to be individuals with ties to very high ranking people in the Democratic Party, including one person who as actually a former speech writer for President Barack Obama.
The other was the wife of a former Democratic candidate from the state of Pennsylvania.
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One of the questioners at the ABC-hosted event was Nathan Osburn, a former speechwriter for the Obama White House. Osburn specifically worked for the Office of Public Affairs at the Commerce Department under the Obama-Biden administration and at the Small Business Administration.
Osburn’s profession was listed as “communications” on the ABC town hall graphic and his city was listed as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Osburn was quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer earlier this year as “a former Obama administration speechwriter” who had created a “Philly for Pete group” aimed at boosting former Democratic presidential primary candidate Pete Buttigieg. And the LGBTQ Victory Institute listed Osburn as a senior speechwriter for the Small Business Administration in an article praising the Obama-Biden administration for its LGBTQ hiring practices.
“Amy Coney Barrett’s being pushed through at the last minute, even though millions have already voted. So what do you think about ideas from people like Pete Buttigieg and others to put in place safeguards that will help ensure more long-term balance and stability?” Osburn asked the former vice president. “And what do you say to LGBTQ Americans and others who are very worried right now about erosions of their rights and our democracy as a whole?”
The other questioner at the event was Mieke Haeck, who was presented at the event as a physical therapist from State College, PA.
Our children and I are so proud of our @MiekeHaeck for her courage in asking this question of @JoeBiden and so grateful to our next President for his caring and decisive answer in support of transgender and all LGBTQ people. https://t.co/zvDlO9c2Tl
— Ezra Nanes (@EzraNanes) October 16, 2020
Haeck is married to Ezra Nanes, who is a rather high-profile Democrat that ran in the 2018 election as a challenger to Republican state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman. As of now, Nanes is an at-large member of the Centre County Democratic Committee.
“My youngest daughter is transgender. The Trump administration has attacked the rights of transgender people, banning them from military service, weakening nondiscrimination protections and even removing the word ‘transgender’ from some government websites,” Haeck asked. “How will you as president reverse this dangerous and discriminatory agenda and ensure that the lives and rights of LGBTQ people are protected under U.S. law?”
“I will flat out just change the law,” Biden answered.
Amazing how these two folks got by the network and were allowed to ask questions, despite this event supposedly aimed at allowing undecided voters a chance to have their concerns addressed. Sneaky, sneaky.