Democratic Party Leader Forced To Resign For Saying He Stands For The Flag

Mark Salvas said he was forced to resign as executive director of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee.

Allegheny County, PA – A top Pennsylvania Democrat said he was forced to resign from his position, after he defended the American flag and expressed his support for an East Pittsburgh police officer.

Former Executive Director of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee Mark Salvas, who is also served as a Marine and is a Gulf War veteran, said the party asked him to resign due to two social media posts, KDKA reported.

Both posts were made prior to Salvas being hired as the executive director of the committee, according to the news outlet.

The first was related to a Sep. 28, 2017 post Salvas made on Facebook, which showed a picture of him and his wife.

“I stand for the flag, I kneel for the cross,” the caption read, according to FOX News.

The second incident involved a post his wife made in July, when she asked for others to support East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld, who has been charged with murder in the June 19 death of Antwon Rose, KDKA reported.

Rose, 17, had participated in a drive-by shooting just minutes before the vehicle he was riding in was pulled over by Officer Rosfeld.

Officer Rosfeld told investigators that he shot Rose after the teen jumped out of the suspect vehicle and turned his hand toward the officer, according to court documents.

Officer Rosfeld said he “saw something dark” in Rose’s hand, but that he “was not sure what it was,” the court documents read.

The officer fired his weapon at Rose, hitting him three times.

"Both families are grieving,” Salvas told FOX News on Tuesday. “I just happen to know the officer's family very closely. We decided we wanted to show support and be there for them as they were for us when my family had gone through tough times in the past."

“What happened to Antwon Rose was a tragedy,” he told KDKA. “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."

“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 three years old. They are family to us,” he added.

Salvas noted that the court would ultimately decide whether Officer Rosfeld is guilty or innocent, FOX News reported.

Salvas also refused to apologize for honoring the American flag.

"I’m not ashamed of my patriotism, not one bit," he told FOX News. "I fought for this country. I think I have a right to have a voice and be patriotic."

Salvas said he believes that those who disagree also have a right to take a knee.

“That’s part of what the flag stands for,” he told KDKA. “It gives them the right to do that.”

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But Pennsylvania State Representative Ed Gainey told KDKA that Salvas’ posts were “insensitive” to “African Americans.”

“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 told the news outlet. “If you’re going to be executive director of the Democratic Party, you have to be sensitive to things like that.”

Gainey also said he does not believe Salvas, who has a bi-racial child and several black family members, is a racist.

“There’s a place for all of us and all of our views,” Gainey said.

Pennsylvania State Representative Jake Wheatley said that party officials are expected to set their personal beliefs aside.

“As an official, he has to be very careful and sensitive that his words and his posts are not necessarily just his,” Wheatley said. “They are reflective of the party in its entirety.”

On Oct. 10, Salvas confirmed that he was asked to resign his position due to backlash about the posts.

“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,” he said. “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 had just been hired for the position in September.

Comments (73)
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NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

You will not say things that go against the party rule... said Hitler, oops I mean the Democrats.

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

This perfectly describes the Democratic party, shows perfectly where they stand about our country and to me, shows what is perfectly wrong with their thinking!

Rob Marks
Rob Marks

Rob Marks This puts a spotlight on the lack of grace and forgiveness of the regressive left. If your beliefs don’t “publicly” dovetail with their matrix, there is no slack, no reasonable excuse, no possible forgiveness, no “I can see your point”, no were a big tent, or no way out, oops that’s it! You are shown the door! You’re out! HOPELESS AND CHANGELESS? Starting to make sense? No, then read 1984, you’re overdue...

Sailor
Sailor

To me this leaves no doubt that the Democratic Party has become an enemy of our nation. We all are Americans first and foremost...

djb032
djb032

Just one more reason to vote!! If the socialists (can't even call them democrats any longer) get their way, eventually our flag and national anthem will be gone, and the USA will be no more!!! Sad!!!

TangoTango
TangoTango

Mark Salvas, I’m sure you are welcome to come over to the winning team!!! Tell Gainey you’ve had enough of being bullied by Lobotomy patients and you’ve decided to stop being associated with Jack Ass DemonRats, who are so narrow minded, they think the Black Communities can’t see how much better their lives are with President Trump and his Administration!!!!

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

“There’s a place for all of us and all of our views,” Gainey said. Except in the Democratic Party, you mean.

arizonastate42
arizonastate42

I’ll stand for the flag because I know the costs of it and why we are free to this very day and all the libtards and Democrats I dare you all to challenge me on this very comment because there’s only one that will judge me and I’m quite certain it isn’t any of you.....

LEO0301
LEO0301

This is democratic party in a nutshell. And they wonder why people question their mental stability when they do stuff like this.

GForce48
GForce48

So the Dems/Libs support participants of "drive by shootings" and those that denigrate our sacred flag! I wonder if Salvas will be participating in the Red Wave this election day? It is the only sane way to vote again this year!

rds40
rds40

Switch to the Republican party.

Dave Pierce
Dave Pierce

Gainy talking out both sides of his mouth.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Gainey said that “African Americans have backed the Democratic Party for a long time” I think he meant to say enslaved by the Democratic Party since before the civil war.

BlueandGold
BlueandGold

"Pennsylvania State Representative Jake Wheatley said that party officials are expected to set their personal beliefs aside." So as a Democrat, you have to put your beliefs in America and what the American flag stands for; aside? You have to deny that you fought for your country and its values in the armed services? If that is true, then the Democratic party truly is trying to destroy American values. Its as simple as that.

rac647
rac647

Perhaps he should give consideration to joining a party that appreciates his service and his beliefs, ie. the Republican Party. The Statist/Socialist have hijacked the Democrat Party of JFK. That is sad, they use to stand for something, now it is just a mob.

nascartimmy66
nascartimmy66

I can't believe what I just read, they can kneel, but he can't stand, that's why I vote Republican.

TxFlgirl
TxFlgirl

Gained should resign! What kind of idiotic remark was that?! I thought choosing our political party was our choice? Does that mean only one party stands for the Pledge of Allegiance, or are all Christians, or only wear purple on Thursday? This is getting ridiculous!

Marxest
Marxest

I feel horrible for Mark Salvas. I don't agree with his support of the so called "national anthem" but he shouldn't have been forced to resign over that. I can understand his support for that officer and I won't comment on that. It's for the courts to decide. Mr Salvas I wish you the best.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Sounds like the Conservatives are getting an excellent new ally. Welcome Mr Salvas and Thank You for your service!

Mrs10
Mrs10

Gainey claimed that Salvas' statement on standing up for the flag and kneeling for prayer is somehow insensitive to African Americans. How? The most insensitive idea in this whole article is the assumption - by the Democrats - that all African Americans must automatically side with other African Americans in all issues. He's saying that since the football players who are kneeling are black then other blacks must agree and be offended if someone disagrees with them kneeling. It lumps a group of people into one category based on their skin color and makes assumptions about those people based on that alone. Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that at the very heart of racism?! Do the Libs honestly not see that they are reducing their constituents into a single superficial identity and do the constituents themselves not find this repulsive?

Mrs10
Mrs10

I may get flak here from other commenters but here goes: @Hi_estComnDenomn I have a question.

Let's keep it to the parameters of this story.

Are you offended at the way the Dems automatically make assumptions about you bc of your race? Does it bug you that they seem to think you ("you" being others like you, so black) are so thin-skinned as to be bothered by a man who states he wants to stand for the flag? I'm trying to ask respectfully, though I know it's sometimes hard to gauge that through text. Please know I'd really like to hear your honest opinion. I know how I'd feel if it were me but it's not so I thought I'd ask.

J10107
J10107

Whether some football players want to kneel during our NATIONAL ANTHEM, because they have no other means of protest, or way of helping their fans or society.....

Our Pennsylvania representatives shouldn't forget their oath of office, what it stands for, and what they stood in front of when they took their oath !

So instead of making just about everything, an issue of race, let's hope and pray that Gainey and Wheatley have the means of resolving the terrible issues that plague their constituents, namely; the tragic lose of young life and the hostile and belligerent acts of some who participate in violent acts and drive-by shootings.

But I doubt it, because Salvas was probably their best chance !

fellingburg
fellingburg

Amazing how dems. have committed to show their disdain for police and our flag. Blue wave-I think not: sensible dems will enter the polling booth, close the shade and will secretly vote Rep. They will quietly protest and add to the red wave. Keep it up dems: shooting your own foot

Xxxxxx
Xxxxxx

99 percent of da popo are union members...doesnt the party support union members 😁

HH3
HH3

Maybe - just maybe it's time to rethink what political party best represents your views. Then take as many like minded people with you as possible!

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

vote out democrats....

Cabj
Cabj

If this man was truly forced out of his job for supporting our flag and he doesn't know what to do about it, then he really should just remain a Democrat!