‘Judas from Staten Island’

shelton rangel Judas from Staten IslandRep. Mike McMahon was called “the Judas from Staten Island” by Communications Workers of America International Vice President Christopher Shelton, for voting against the health care reform bill.

Shelton and others, including Rep. Charlie Rangel and Nydia Velazquez, spoke at a rally on the City Hall steps to “celebrate” the passage of the controversial bill. With Rangel and Velazquez looking on, Shelton said he wanted to thank the congressional members who voted for the bill, “and to the judas from Staten Island, we won’t forget.”

Rangel, trying to assuage the situation, said he thought Judas, after repenting, became a saint. [Not sure about that.]

Later at the press conference, I asked Shelton what can McMahon do to win back his support.

“I don’t know what he could do to change what he did to the working people of New York City and the United States.”