Brynn Tannehill

Look Who We Elected! The Six Worst Winners of 2014

Filed By Brynn Tannehill | November 06, 2014 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: election 2014, extremism, Gary Glenn, Glenn Grothman, GOP 2014, Gordon Klingenschmitt, Jody Hice, Joni Ernst, Thom Tillis, wingnuts

In the aftermath of this week's elections, let's all take a moment to review what sorts of people were swept into office on a wave of, well, something less than common sense. The following dossiers are excerpted from other progressive media outlets.

Gary Glenn (R-MI)

gary-glenn.jpgTuesday, Gary Glenn was elected to represent Michigan's 98th House District. According to Right Wing Watch:

Glenn was a prominent supporter of Michigan's 2004 constitutional amendment banning marriage equality and was a big backer of his "very special friend" Mike Huckabee's 2008 presidential bid. As the head of the American Family Association's Michigan affiliate, Glenn has pushed many anti-gay positions:

Jody Hice (R-GA)

jody-hice.JPGHice was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to from Georgia's 10th Congressional District. From Salon:

"This is a man who has called Islam, the second-largest religion in the world, "a totalitarian way of life with a religious component" that "does not deserve First Amendment protection." In his book he calls legal abortion "worse than Hitler's six million Jews or Mussolini's three hundred thousand," adding that "the genocide in America is inexcusable!" In 2004, he told the Athens Banner-Herald that he doesn't "see a problem" with women running for office "if the woman's within the authority of her husband."

On his radio show he blamed Sandy Hook and other school shootings on "kicking God out of the schools, and... kicking God out of the public square." He once misquoted a satirical essay by a gay writer as evidence that homosexuals preying on children was "part of the 'gay manifesto'" and part of the "radical agenda that is currently threatening our nation."

More lunacy, after the break.

Gordon Klingenschmitt (R-CO)

gordon-klingenschmitt.jpgGordon Klingenschmitt was elected to represent Colorado's 15th district in the state House of Representatives. Of all the newly elected officials, Klingenschmitt's views are the most certifiably insane. According to Right Wing Watch:

Gordon "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt, a radical anti-gay Religious Right activist who brags of having once tried to rid of woman of the "foul spirit of lesbianism" through an exorcism and who openly proclaims that "American law needs to reflect God's law" and that our foreign policy must be based on the Bible, won election to the Colorado House of Representatives last night.

Klingenschmitt, who wrote a book about how President Obama is possessed by demons and once performed an exorcism of Obama, ran an utterly embarrassing campaign yet nonetheless managed to defeat his Democratic opponent by nearly 40 points...

Klingenschmitt is a viciously anti-gay theocrat who believes that gay people "want your soul" and may sexually abuse their own children, which is why he says they should face government discrimination since only people who are going to heaven are entitled to equal treatment by the government.

Klingenschmitt has declared that the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy should never have been repealed since gay soldiers cannot serve effectively in combat because they are constantly "taking breaks on the combat field to change diapers all because their treacherous sin causes them to lose control of their bowels." He also proclaims that those who are not welcome in the church should not be entitled to use public restrooms.

Klingenschmitt thinks that "Obamacare causes cancer," that the Bible commands people to own guns in order to "defend themselves against left wing crazies," that ISIS is a sign of the End Times, and that the FCC is allowing demonic spirits to "molest and visually rape your children."

Joni Ernst (R-IA)

joni-ernst.jpgJoni Ernst can't quite match Klingenschmitt in straight-up nuttiness, but the fact that she was elected to the United States Senate while holding views that are pure conspiracy theory material makes her potentially the most powerful of the newly-elected officials who have a plaque waiting for them in the Michele Bachmann Congressional Hall of Fame. According to Slate:

Ernst is against the national minimum wage and believes it should be the full responsibility of the states. "I do believe that is something that needs to be set by the states, because our Iowa cost of living is very low," she said during Sunday's debate.

Ernst has endorsed impeachment for President Obama, expressed the belief that states could nullify federal laws, and supported "personhood" anti-abortion laws that would outlaw most forms of contraception. In addition, she's slammed Medicaid recipients for not taking "personal responsibility for their health"--even though recipients have to apply for coverage--and talked extensively about "Agenda 21," a decades-old U.N. recommendation for environmental sustainability that forms the basis for conspiracy-mongering on the far right. "The United Nations has imposed this upon us, and as a U.S. senator, I would say, 'No more. No more Agenda 21,'" she said during a January forum for GOP Senate candidates.

Additionally, Ernst supports a constitutional amendment barring marriage equality, denies climate change, and says she'd use her "beautiful little Smith & Wesson" to defend herself "from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important."

Glenn Grothman (R-WI)

glenn-grothman.jpgWisconsin state senator and anti-Kwanzaa crusader Glenn Grothman won the open seat in Wisconsin's 6th District for the U.S. House of Representatives. According to Right Wing Watch:

Grothman has proposed doing away with the weekend and paid sick leave. So fearful of "Big Government" is Grothman that he also tried to put an end to municipal water disinfection programs.

Grothman opposes abortion rights without exceptions in cases of rape, incest and a woman's health, even working to make it a felony offense for a doctor to perform an abortion that could save a woman's life. He also sponsored a 24-hour waiting period for abortions that only exempts survivors of "forcible rape" who file a police report. He is a sponsor of the Wisconsin Personhood resolution [PDF], which would ban abortion in all cases and many forms of birth control, and his campaign has touted the support of personhood activists. In 2007, he voted against a bill that made sure hospitals provide information about emergency contraception to sexual assault survivors.

The Republican lawmaker worries that "gals" are running -- and ruining -- America by leading a "war on men." In a similar vein, he defended Gov. Scott Walker's decision to rescind a pay equity law because, according to Grothman, pay disparities are due to the fact that "money is more important for men."

He opposes laws protecting employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation, and once tried to strip a sex education bill of a nondiscrimination provision that he suspected was part of a plot to make kids gay. Grothman also demanded that his state refuse to follow a court order to recognize same-sex marriages, which he feared would "legitimiz[e] illegal and immoral marriages."

Thom Tillis (R-NC)

thom-tillis.jpgTillis was elected to the US Senate on Tuesday. While touted as mainstream, he is in fact quite far from it. According to Right Wing Watch:

Tillis wants to abolish the federal minimum wage.

In 2007, Tillis blasted government policies that "have redistributed trillions of dollars of wealth," calling them "reparations" for slavery. The same year, he opposed a resolution apologizing for an 1898 massacre of African Americans in a North Carolina city, explaining that the amendment didn't sufficiently honor white Republicans. Tillis supported the repeal of North Carolina's Racial Justice Act -- which allowed death-row inmates to appeal their sentences based on evidence of racial bias.

He has said he would support a Personhood Amendment banning abortion in all cases and prohibiting common forms of birth control, and believes that states have the right to ban contraceptives. In his role as state House speaker, Tillis led attempts to defund Planned Parenthood and to add abortion rights restrictions to a motorcycle safety bill. A Tillis-backed "targeted regulations of abortion providers" (TRAP) bill last year threatened to close all but one of the state's 16 abortion clinics.

Following a federal court ruling striking down North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage, Tillis attempted to preserve the ban by teaming up with the founder of one of the country's leading anti-gay groups. At a 2011 town hall meeting, he suggested that marriage equality would lead to "Big Government."

Tillis is also a climate change denialist and suggested that liberals plotted to use climate science "as a Trojan horse for their energy policy."

Fasten your seatbelts, America.

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