by John Grooms
Today, the Buffalo News is reporting on a controversy stirred by local businessman Jack Davis, who is collecting signatures to run as the Tea Party candidate in the primary for the seat formerly held by GOP scandal-boy Rep. Chris Bare-chested on Craigslist Lee. It turns out that a couple of weeks ago, Davis came up with this brilliant plan: Deport all of the upstate New York areas Hispanic farmworkers, and replace them by busing in inner city blacks to pick the crops instead. (There is no confirmation of a rumor that Davis is changing his name to Simon Legree.)
Meanwhile, a 91-year-old Republican state representative in New Hampshire, Martin Harty, recently told a constituent who manages a mental health center that "the world is too populated" and there are "too many defective people such as You know, the mentally ill, the retarded, people with physical disabilities and drug addictions the defective people society would be better off without." Hartys solution? "I wish we had a Siberia so we could ship them all off to freeze to death and die and clean up the population." A GOP leader in the state stated that he "does not condone Harty's comments on any level, but he takes into account that hes a World War II vet and hes in his 90s which, to my ears, puts Harty dangerously close to that defective people category hes so concerned about.
Nothing, though, tops comments from Republican Kansas State Rep. Virgil Peck who joked yesterday that the best way to deal with illegal immigrants is to shoot them from a helicopter, the same way Kansas deals with feral hogs. Now, its a fact that there are plenty of Democratic office holders and candidates who wont pass an ethical smell test. But for sheer ignorant gall, the conservatives are in a class by themselves. Clean up your act, guys or would that mean sacrificing all that Tea Party support?