Rachel talks DADT repeal with Rep. Patrick Murphy; UPDATED: Ben Nelson will vote for repeal

UPDATE: Senator Ben Nelson will vote for DADT repeal in the Senate Armed Services Committee. Adam Bink at Open Left broke the news late this morning. SLDN’s Aubrey Sarvis explained the significance of this development to Greg Sargent:

“We believe Chairman Levin is pretty much there with his vote count,” Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, tells me, in a reference to Senator Carl Levin, who chairs the committee.

This appears to bring the amendment much closer to a full floor vote in the Senate, which was anything but certain as of this morning.

Definitely worth a watch. Excellent analysis followed by an interview with Murphy, the House sponsor of DADT repeal:

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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