Mark Salvas, Democratic Party Chair for Allegheny county, Pennsylvania told reporters he was forced to resign after two social media posts that espoused faith in God, and patriotism. One of the posts occurred a year ago, and the other was posted by his wife 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,” he added.
A former Marine and Gulf War veteran, Salvas was just hired in September as executive director for the democrat party, which was a long time after his social media post of him and his wife with a caption, “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,” he told reporters.
In fact, he argued that NFL players can take a knee, but apparently, the democrat party doesn’t want their chair in Allegheny showing patriotism.
“That’s part of what the flag stands for. It gives them the right to do that,” says Salvas.
Salvas: “I stand for the flag, I kneel for the cross.”
Delano: “No apologies?”
Salvas: “Not at all. Not at all.”
After a second post made by Salvas’ wife, which requested support for their friends, the family of officer Michael Rosfeld, who is accused of killing Antwon Rose II, social media democrats were not happy.
“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,” Salvas explained. “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 added that both families were hurting and struggling with the incident.
He added, “They have been there for us in hard times, and my wife and I felt it was necessary to be there for them because family backs family.”
However, Pennsylvania Representative Ed Gainey claimed that opinion ‘offended’ part of the Democratic Party.
“To put that up on Facebook was, to me, insensitive, also to African Americans, who, as you know, have backed the Democratic Party for quite a long time, and everybody knows that it was insensitive,” Gainey said. “If you’re going to be executive director of the Democratic Party, you have to be sensitive to things like that.”
Many conservatives see this as another form of censorship within democrat leadership. It has appeared in the past to many people that if a person doesn’t tow the party line, they end up being kicked out in the cold.
Party officials would not comment on Salvas’ forced resignation. They claimed it was a personnel matter. State Rep. Jake Wheatley somewhat defended the move by stating that once you become a party official, personal views, apparently like being patriotic, must be removed.
“As an official, he has to be very careful and sensitive that his words and his posts are not necessarily just his. They are reflective of the party in its entirety,” claimed Wheatley.
To many conservatives, the race politics of the democrat party seem out of control.