Some of This Weekend’s Questionable Right-Wing Statements and Decisions
Jason Attermann — October 12, 2010 3:26 pm
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Below are some of this weekend’s questionable right-wing statements and decisions:
- New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino (R-NY) delivered a strongly homophobic speech on Sunday, stating that homosexuality is “not the example that we should be showing our children” and justified his views by saying that he does not want children being “brainwashed into thinking homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option.”
- The Atlantic revealed that Ohio Congressional candidate Rich Iott (R-OH) participated in a WWII reenactment with his son by sporting a Nazi SS uniform, but claims to be interested in the Nazi military tactics and not a Nazi sympathizer. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) condemned Iott’s actions. In return Iott claimed that Cantor did not care about the facts of the matter, only the “self-serving politics of the moment.”
- Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R-NV) backtracked on many of her previous policy positions.
- Angle’s former pastor attacked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for his Mormon faith, calling the Latter-Day Saints Church a “cult” and listing its “kooky” practices.
- According to financial disclosures belatedly filed with the Senate, fiscally conservative Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller (R-AK) holds large amounts of debt from multiple credit cards, student loans, and his campaign.
- Despite staunch opposition to government subsidies to businesses, Wisconsin Senate candidate Ron Johnson (R-WI) employs prison inmates whose health care coverage is covered by the state.
- Pennsylvania Senate candidate Pat Toomey (R-PA) questioned the extent that human activity caused global warming, believing the issue is still very much disputed.
- Politico profiled the endorsements of “Birther Queen” Orly Taitz. Her list of endorsed candidates includes Angle, California Congressional candidate Van Tran (R-CA), and New Mexico Congressional candidate Steve Pearce (R-NM).
- In contrast to President Clinton’s wide visibility across the country, there is very little demand by Republican candidates to have President George W. Bush join them on the campaign trail
- Former Bush strategist Karl Rove charged President Barack Obama with having an enemies list.
- Ann Coulter called former Arkansas Governor and rumored 2012 Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (R-AR) a “liberal Christian.”
- It was revealed over the weekend that former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R-GA) paid $100,000 to bring former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to a rally just days before losing the primary to Georgia Gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal (R-GA).
Also, The New York Times published a profile of Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, that details her conservative activism. Notable items include her speech at a Tea Party rally and her founding of a nonprofit group that specifically opposes Obama and other Democrats.
The New York Times also profiled Pamela Geller and her blog, “Atlas Shrugs.” The Times noted that she has received national attention for her incendiary posts which include: attacks against Islam, a doctored photo of Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan wearing a Nazi helmet, and calling the health care reform an act of national rape. The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg has posted two interesting blogs on Geller here and here.
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