Remember Jo Ann Nardelli, the Blair County Democratic Party leader who defected this year over same sex marriage? She’s back, this time in a web video critical of Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party platform on the issue.
In a video produced by Let Freedom Ring, Inc., a conservative 501(c)(4), and the affiliated Pa. Catholic Network, Nardelli denounces the party’s support for gay marriage. Neither group speaks on behalf of the Catholic Church or other denomination.
“When I heard Vice President Biden speak about same sex marriage, and I knew the platform for President Obama was same sex marriage, I know that definitely Mama Biden would not go with,” Nardelli says, after recalling meeting Biden’s sister.
“I, as a devout Catholic, could no longer uphold and stand up for that platform. I had to stand up for my faith,” she continues. “Vice President Biden, I think he sold out to the system. The Democrats of yesterday are not the Democrats of today.”
Nardelli had been the President of the Blair County Federation of Democratic Women and served on the Pa. Democratic State Committee. She abruptly left the party in May citing its position on same sex marriage.
However, some southwest Pa. Dems said her departure was the result of a political dispute; Nardelli had accused some party leaders of selling short her bid for Blair County Commissioner.