Sunday, March 25, 2012

Homophobic Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King panics; after never debating a congressional opponent, he now wants SIX debates with Christie Vilsack

His congressional district, the fifth, was eliminated, and he's running against the wife of a former governor, Christie Vilsack, in a redrawn, more liberal fourth district, so Iowa GOP Rep. Steve has suddenly done an about-face on refusing to debate opponents. Now he has demanded SIX debates — at venues and times of his choosing, of course. He says Vilsack meets his "criteria" for a debate and wants an answer right away, due to his busy schedule of not getting any of his bills passed.
     Christie Vilsack called his flip-flop "refreshing" but says it will happen only at neutral venues.

Steve King's appalling record:
  • King, a miserably ineffective showboat, has sponsored 17 bills in the U.S. House, but, according to Open Congress, not one of them has been enacted
  • Has one of the worst congressional ratings, according to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and avoided the Vietnam draft for three years before he suddenly quit college after being assigned a high draft number which ended the threat of him being forced to shoot at anything that shoots back
  • Engaged in deceitful race baiting in the House of Representatives
  • Voted to expand internet surveillance of users by forcing Internet Service Providers to retain customers' temporarily-assigned IP addresses for 12 months as well as other information
  • Voted for a $250,000 congressional publicity stunt/nonbinding resolution to encourage public display of "In God We Trust" and to affirm that divisive religious bumper-sticker slogan which replaced E Pluribus Unum (Out of many, one), the US' original motto
  • Voted to defund your local NPR station, presumably in an attempt to get you to listen to Rush Limbaugh more
  • Voted to strangle Medicare
  • Voted to force a rushed decision to extend the toxic, leaky Keystone XL pipeline through the Ogallala aquifer
  • Voted for the "2004 American Jobs Creation Act" — which cut jobs
  • Accused Iowa marriage equality supporters of following him around and screaming "the worst profanity I've heard anywhere" — but offered not a shred of proof
  • Somehow concluded that the existence of babies in trashcans meant that the Obama's Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional
  • Was endorsed by Wall Street financiers who want to eliminate farm subsidies and were fined by the Federal Elections Commission
  • Played hookey from the House to whine at CPAC about Nancy Pelosi forcing him to use energy-saving lightbulbs in his office while the rest of Iowa's congressional delegation was on the job fighting to protect Iowa National Guard jobs
  • In a legislative passion ploy, showcased Bishop William Lori, a notorious Catholic bully, as Joan of Arc, tied to the stake by marriage equality advocates
  • Claimed he bulldozed throngs of intimidating, profane gays to protect Connie Mackie (but unfortunately failed to provide any evidence whatsoever of this)
  • Was called an embarrassment to Iowa by the state's largest newspaper, in its 2010 endorsement of opponent Matt Campbell. The Des Moines Register added that King was "provocative, not focused on getting results for Iowans... reactive, not visionary" and added that it was time for Iowa voters to replace him

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