More Reason Than Ever For State Senator Van Wanggaard To Act Like A Man

It is nice to see a guy who never gives up, and wants to make a point of continuing to fight.  But Hollywood movies are one thing, and  Wisconsin State Senator Van Wanggaard is another.

Following an almost 800 vote margin last Tuesday it was clear  Democratic candidate John Lehman defeated Van Wanggaard.  The Republicans had lost control of the state senate.

But for days Wanggaard has not been able to smell the coffee, see the daylight, or do the polite thing.

When elections are over, and it is clear from the numbers that there is no way to overcome the odds in a recount, then it is time to call the winner and say ‘congratulations’.

Today, following the election canvass, there is even more reason for Wanggaard to act like a man.

Racine County officials said their vote canvass shows that Democrat John Lehman picked up 55 votes in his recall challenge against state Sen. Van Wanggaard.

The canvass Tuesday found that Lehman extended his unofficial lead over the Republican incumbent to 834 votes.

Lehman had 36,351 votes, or 50.6 percent, while Wanggaard received 35,517 votes, or 49.4 percent.

Colorado Republican Lawmaker Should Know Her Gay Son Will Make Nursing Home Selection

Republican homophobe gets tit in ringer.

There are so many things wrong with the events playing out with this story.

First, a mother who has the power to make a difference not only for society, but for her own gay son, casts a bigoted vote against civil unions.  (She was not doing so because she though gay marriage was more equitable and correct.)

Then for political purposes the lawmaker’s campaign publicly outs this young man.

State Rep. Marsha Looper’s campaign manager forwarded an e-mail to supporters that praised the lawmaker for voting against civil unions even though she has a gay son.

It’s no secret at the state Capitol that Looper is one of at least four House Republicans with a gay child, but an unwritten courtesy has been to let the lawmaker be the one to publicly reveal that information.

Looper said she has been asked by some voters about her son’s sexuality and has answered honestly, but never meant for it to become so public.

“I’m very, very disappointed,” Looper said, of the e-mail making its way among El Paso County voters. “These are are very intimate issues. I love my son. I always will. He has said, ‘Mom, I want my privacy.”

I suspect there were more things offered as words from the son to his mom!

Marsha Looper might take note that it is likely her son will be picking out her  nursing home.

Conservative republicans are always such forward-thinkers.

Randy Hopper Still In Legal Limbo From Drunk Driving Charge

Randy Hopper does not get legislative per diem anymore—how will he make payments to his lawyers?

A special prosecutor has decided to appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss a breath test refusal charge against Hopper, stemming from his October 2011 arrest. A jury acquitted Hopper of first-offense drunken driving, and driving left of center, in March, and in April, the judge in the case threw out the separate charge of refusing a breath test.

Hopper, a Fond du Lac Republican, was defeated in an August recall election by Democrat Jessica King.

His attorney, Dennis Melowski, called the appeal a continuation of a political vendetta.

Richard Nixon seemed to think everyone had a political vendetta against him, too.