Dan Burton, Indiana's incumbent 5th Congressional District Representative, sent letters to Republican Senators asking them to wear pink ties or shirts when debating health care. Burton's stated intention for the wardrobe advice was to serve as a visual protest to "echo the outrage" against rationing of mammograms and to show solidarity with women across America. However, Burton's call for "solidarity with women" came into question when it was pointed out that his letter failed to recommend specific pink attire for the three female GOP members of the U.S. Senate.
An anonymous member of Rep. Burton's staff denied that the Indiana congressman was a misogynist. "Everyone in Indiana knows that Dan Burton has been a hands-on advocate of female breast exams for over 60 years" said the staffer.
Clear-headed McVey To "Let 'Er Rip" in 2010
Speaking of letters, Brose McVey, one of Burton's challengers in the May 2010 Republican Primary recently issued a lengthy letter that railed against "the reckless policies of the last 80 years in Washington" and stated his desire to "awaken, educate, or scare enough folks... into governing." McVey said his family served as a focus group and kitchen cabinet in order to help clear his head.
McVey reports that his head is now clear and he has resolved to "let 'er rip in 2010." Here are McVey's own words: "I'm going to become a flame-throwing, hell-raising educator! I'm going to work to make the 5th District a laboratory of American democracy. I'm going on the road to preach the gospel of too much debt, too little freedom, too much government, a corrupt and bankrupt political class of thought which is a looming threat much more destructive than a civil war or radical Islam."
It's good to finally witness some excitement in the 5th District race, even if it does sound like McVey is leading a teabagger protest. His head now seems to be stuffed with crazy rhetoric from goofy Glenn Beck.
Murphy Working His Tail Off
Meanwhile, another 5th District Congressional Republican candidate, Indiana State Representative, Mike Murphy is hard at work in the State Legislature where he recently took the lead by co-authoring ethics reform legislation. This move will likely further distinguish him from at least two of his Republican primary opponents, notably, congressional incumbent Dan Burton and lobbyist, Luke Messer. Murphy also recently released the fourth part of his 'Murphy Plan' - a series of policy initiatives based on his experience as a Hoosier lawmaker.
McGoff in Germany
Dr. John McGoff, another Republican challenger seeking Burton's seat, spent a week in Germany on Air Guard business. He inspected emergency medical treatment of U.S. soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan and worked with a Contingency Response Group, the type of unit that flies into airfields to help set up operations after disasters and conflicts. It's the same kind of operation that is currently involved in the Haiti mission. McGoff says he'll be back on the campaign trail on Monday.
Hey! Where's Luke?
According to a tweet on Twitter last week, Shelbyville's Luke Messer had breakfast at Ugalde's Family Restaurant in Miami County on January 9th. After that? Don't know.
However we DO know that Luke's cartoon avatar can be found at the following link where 'he' reviews 19 Marketing Presentations in a quest for the perfect campaign vehicle! Note: For maximum entertainment value, view all 19 new 'Brainstorm Cartoons' in their original sequence (1 thru 19). It will require minimum effort and provide maximum yuks for those of you who follow the 5th District Funnies.
Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2010
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Republicans Are Evil
What a bunch of Republican jokers.
Yeah, Burton. Question: what about all of the women who don't get ANY mammograms because they don't have health insurance????????
Burton's just another Republican suck-up to the health insurance corporation lobby. But, sadly, there are Democrat suck-ups too, such as our own Senator Bayh. His wife is making millions from health insurance and pharmaceutical companies.