A Catholic, Lipinski has often campaigned as being opposed to abortion, and has even managed to get recognition from groups such as the Christian Coalition and Lake County Right to Life. However, Lipinski [circuitously] voted [for] Obamacare, telling his constituents that it would not require taxpayer-funding of abortions, which turned out to be a lie.
The congressman made a rambling statement to the Chicago Tribune about the ambassadorial post, saying:
"The ambassador to the Holy See has the opportunity to really hear more from around the world, not just from the Holy See, but what the Holy See hears," he said. "It's different from other ambassadorships. It's not just about the Catholic Church's relationship with the United States. There is sort of a wider-ranging diplomatic role that the Vatican plays in the world that is, in many ways, different from other countries."
It should be interesting to see if Lipinski can maintain his pro-life persona with Pope Benedict XVI and the Church.
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FROM NOV. 13, 2009
Constituents in U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski's district feel betrayed. And they plan to let the Democrat congressman know it at his town hall meeting on Saturday. Members of the Chicago Tea Party are going to show up and confront Lipinski for what they consider a "backstabbing" vote on the health care bill.
Quoted in the SouthTown, Catherina Wojtowicz - who worked for Lipinski's father - said she met with the younger Lipinski and "he flat-out said he wouldn't vote for it." Said Wojtowicz, "He used me. He lied to me and his constituents by putting us off, saying that he was with us and was going to vote no. We cheered him. I thought we were friends, but friends don't lie to you."
So, Wojtowicz has been organizing Tea Party members to go to the town hall meeting at 10 a.m. at Oak Lawn Community High School's gymnasium, 9400 Southwest Highway.
NOTE: The SouthTown removed from public view the article about Lipinski. Possibly at the request of the congressman.