Thursday, May 31, 2012

What do you think?

•  A spokesman for a Republican office holder has suggested throwing acid " those female Democratic Senators."

Huffington Post:

A spokesman for Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.) is facing criticism after advocating violence against female Democratic senators in a Facebook post. 

Jay Townsend, the official campaign spokesman for the freshman representative, went on a vicious online rant on Saturday, which he began by taunting a constituent who voiced criticism about an earlier post on gas prices. "Listen to Tom. What a little bee he has in his bonnet. Buzz Buzz," Townsend wrote. 

"My question today... when is Tommy boy going to weigh in on all the Lilly Ledbetter hypocrites who claim to be fighting the War on Women? Let’s hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector."

What is it with men like Jay Townsend that they hate strong, opinionated women?  Has he been fired yet?

•  Josh Mandel, Ohio Treasurer and Republican candidate for Senate, has had a lot of scandals. With the recent FBI investigation of the Mandel campaign for inappropriate contributions from employees of the Suarez Corp., other people are starting to notice the string of controversies attached to the Mandel campaign.

The Maddow Blog at MSNBC has this on the Josh Mandel campaign:

It wasn't too long ago when Ohio Republicans were rocked by systemic scandals, which led then-Gov. Bob Taft (R) to face criminal conviction and even sent then-Rep. Bob Ney (R) to prison.

We haven't seen controversies of this magnitude since, and the stench of corruption didn't dissuade Ohio voters from giving the GOP big victories in 2010, but there's a burgeoning scandal in the Buckeye State that's causing some heartburn in Ohio Republican circles.

At issue are questionable donations, first reported by Alec MacGillis, which went to Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (R), who's running for the U.S. Senate this year, and Rep. Jim Renacci (R), who's in a competitive race of his own. The suspect contributions have already drawn the interest of federal law enforcement officials......

Is it a coincidence that Ohio Republicans always seems to have problems with ethics, rules, and laws?  

The Toledo Blade has an editorial about Josh Mandel:
...The state treasurer missed his first 14 monthly meetings of the Ohio Board of Deposit, which he chairs. Skipped meetings, frequent fund-raising jaunts, and his campaign for the next job he covets suggest a lack of focus on the job voters elected him to do.

Mr. Mandel has not adequately addressed charges that he rewarded campaign aides with high-paying jobs in the treasurer's office. He can't provide some of their resumes to dispel doubts about their qualifications for their taxpayer-funded jobs....

....he needs to be seen doing the job he was elected to do, rather than constantly reaching for the next star on the political horizon.

Josh Mandel should be ashamed of his campaign and his work ethic as Ohio Treasurer.  There are plenty of people in Ohio more qualified for the position and more willing to work everyday. 

Former Sen. John Glenn appeared at a reception for Sen. Sherrod Brown.  Sen. Glenn said that Democrats believe in "opportunities for everyone."  That in itself is something to believe in. 

Sen. Sherrod Brown said that if the Republicans get their way, they would "cut $130 billion from the SNAP program" (formerly known as food stamps).  In my view, that kind of Republican agenda shows a heartless, unkind, strategy that rewards the wealthy and throws the poor, the elderly, and the sick on the street.  Do we really want that for our fellow human beings?  I don't believe we do.

If Josh Mandel would answer a direct question, I'd like to know if he plans to support such a horrific agenda.
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  Is Florida purging all of their Democratic voters, people who have last names that end with vowels, voters under 30 years of age, women, and anyone that might vote Democratic?  It seems so.  The Republicans will do anything they can, even disqualify voters, to regain power.