SOB from the GOP

STEVE VAILLANCOURT

Judge not lest someone judge your ugly ass! (AP)

Last week—in an ill-conceived blog post—Rep. Steve Vaillancourt (R) from New Hampshire decided to attack Democratic candidate Ann McLane Kuster while simultaneously complimenting Marilinda Garcia, her Republican challenger. And he did so in the most immature and sexist way possible: he insulted her appearance.

“Let’s be honest,” Vaillancourt wrote. “Does anyone not believe that Congressman Annie Kuster is as ugly as sin? And I hope I haven’t offended sin. If looks really matter and if this race is at all close, give a decided edge to Marilinda Garcia.”

Apparently, Vaillancourt heard about some polling results that showed “an attractive candidate can have as much as a seven to ten point advantage over a less attractive (or even an unattractive) candidate.” And to him, Garcia is the attractive candidate while Kuster reminds him of a drag queen.

“Sad to say, but the drag queens are more attractive,” the six-term representative continued. “I’ve promised myself for years not to use this anecdote, but after seeing the story about the seven to ten point boost for the attractive, the story has political relevance.”

Kuster and Garcia (kuster.house.gov/marilindagarcia.com)

Obviously, Vaillancourt’s comments stirred up all kinds of controversy, even among those he attempted to compliment—namely Marilinda Garcia, whose office issued the following statement:

“State Rep. Vaillancourt’s recent comments about Rep. Ann Kuster are sexist and have absolutely no place in political discourse. Both Rep. Kuster and I have experienced this unfortunate reality of being a woman in politics. I hope that as time moves forward and more female candidates run for political office around the country, people will focus on the content of our ideas rather than what we wear and how we look.”

Sexist and downright mean comments like these are nothing new, of course. Politicians spend a great deal of their time insulting other politicians, and men almost always seem to be at the forefront of these types of attacks. What bothers me the most, though, isn’t what Vaillancourt wrote; it’s the fact that he should look in a mirror before identifying others as unattractive.

Where I come from, we would say he fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down! What a fool!

Posted on October 14, 2014, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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