Lois Capps on short end of 417-1 tally after errant button press (SanLuisObispo)

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    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Representative says she pushed the wrong button when she voted against resolution condemning religious persecution

    Rep. Lois Capps, D-San Luis Obispo, has reiterated her support for religious freedom in Iran and opposition to “state-sponsored persecution of religious minorities” after word began circulating — erroneously — that she favored such persecution.

    The Iranian government has threatened to execute Youcef Nadarkhani, a Christian pastor, for apostasy. The dominant religion in Iran is Shia Islam. The U.S. House of Representatives has condemned Iran for its treatment of the pastor.

    So has Capps, who gave a speech last week condemning Iran and calling for Nadarkhani to be released.

    When it came time for the formal vote Monday, however, she was the only member whose vote was recorded as being against the resolution of condemnation. She came out on the short end of a 417-1 tally.

    When she realized what she had done, the Central Coast congresswoman immediately went to the House floor and explained that she had pressed the wrong button, and again called for the cleric’s immediate release.

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    Maybe the buttons need to be bigger?

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