It didn’t take long for the ideologues in the NC GOP House caucus to insert their feet in their mouths.
As Chris notes in today’s Fitzsimon File, House Majority Leader Paul “Skip” Stam (pictured at right) told a right-wing meeting last night that the opponents of his states’ rights health care bill were squealing like stuck pigs.
Stam walked up to House Minority Leader Joe Hackney after the Judiciary Committee meeting to shake hands, saying ‘good debate.’ A few hours later, a gloating Stam told folks at a school privatization meeting sponsored by Civitas and Americans for the Prosperous about the committee debate and ridiculed the objections by Hackney and other Democrats, saying ‘you should have heard the squeals about how fast we were going. But a stuck pig squeals.'”
Stay tuned for the video.
Then there’s that paragon of tact and sensitivity. Rep. George Cleveland (pictured at left). You’ll recall that Cleveland is an anti-immigrant crusader who once told a legislative committee considering his bill to tax international wire transfers by undocumented people:
Anyone working in a Western Union I would hope has enough common sense to be able to discern who they should question and who they shouldn’t… If a fella comes in with a pair of shaggy boots on, and jeans and a t-shirt, and he’s got a straw hat on? I mean, come on! Give me a break!”
Well, now the Onslow County Republican is at it again. Yesterday in response to an email that had voiced opposition to his new bill to deny undocumented students admission to any community college or university, Cleveland again took the high road:
I find it revolting that an American thinks that we should financially support people that cannot legally work in this country through taxpayer subsidized education. If you feel so strongly about this issue find an illegal and pay for their education at a private university.”
Good work guys! Looks like we’re in for a wild and crazy legislative session.