New York Sen. Chuck Schumer speaks with a blogger at Charlotte’s Democratic National Convention. Photo Credit: Matt Comer/QNotes.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was a “high priority” today during an impromptu question and answer session with independent media and bloggers attending the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

“I think [ENDA is] a high priority,” Schumer remarked.

He blamed partisan division for the hold-up in getting the act passed, which would protect employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

“In the old days, we had some Republican support when there was such a thing as a moderate Republican,” he said.

“I think time is on our side,” he added. “I believe in much shorter time than we imagine, we’ll be able to pass ENDA.”

Schumer had come to speak with writers at Politico. The shorter question and answer period came with bloggers and citizen journalists using work space organized by The PPL (

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.