Pennsylvania County Democratic Party Chairman Asked to Resign for “I Stand for the Flag” Facebook Post and for Defending Cop
Allegheny County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Salvas is a former US Marine.
Mark Salvas was recently asked to step down as county Democratic chairman after detractors spotted a Facebook post from last year saying, “I stand for the flag, kneel for the cross.”
Salvas also defended a local police officer and close family friend who was involved in a police shooting of a black man.
This was just too much for local Democrats.
They asked him to resign.
This is your modern day Democrat Party in action.
CBS Local reported:
Mark Salvas says he was forced to resign over two social media posts, one that he posted a year ago and one that his wife posted in July.
“I was asked by the chair of the Allegheny County Democratic Party to resign my position due to the controversy that was taking place on social media, and I did,” Salvas told KDKA political editor Jon Delano on Wednesday. “It’s never easy when people you have never met accuse you of things and call you names, and you’ve never met them.”
A former Marine and Gulf War veteran, Salvas was just hired in September as executive director of the county party, long after he posted a picture of his wife and him on Facebook with the words, “I stand for the flag, I kneel at the cross.”
“I’m not ashamed of my patriotism, not one bit. I fought for this country. I think I have a right to have a voice and be patriotic,” says Salvas.
But he says NFL players can take a knee.
“That’s part of what the flag stands for. It gives them the right to do that,” says Salvas.
But Salvas chooses to stand.
Salvas: “I stand for the flag, I kneel for the cross.”
Delano: “No apologies?”
Salvas: “Not at all. Not at all.”
But some on social media called that inappropriate for a Democratic party leader, including a second post from Salvas’ wife asking for support for their close friends, the family of officer Michael Rosfeld, who is accused of killing Antwon Rose II.
“What happened to Antwon Rose was a tragedy. I don’t think anybody doubts that. I think we can all agree on that. A young man lost his life and that’s a shame,” says Salvas. “Officer Rosfeld, Michael Rosfeld, is as close to me and my family as anyone could be. I have known that young man since he was literally 3-years-old. They are family to us.
Salvas says, like the Rose family, the Rosfeld family is struggling with the tragedy.