Today's look at at the latest racism, sexism and sleaze from the Republican party:
In the House of Representatives, Rep. Loretta Sanchez quit the House Hispanic Caucus because caucus chairman Joe Baca called her a "whore". She says he made the comments to a group of California legislators that included state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez. Said Rep. Sanchez:
Nunez "is a friend of mine. Did he think he wouldn't tell me?"A year ago 6 Hispanic representatives, Sanchez, Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif. (Loretta's sister), Democratic Reps. Dennis Cardoza of California, Jim Costa of California, Raul M. Grijalva of Arizona and Hilda L. Solis of California quit the caucus's political action committee because Baca was diverting PAC funds to relatives and friends.
What's that you say? Baca is a Democrat? Sanchez is a Democrat? There are no Republicans on the Hispanic Caucus because they all quit in the late 90's?
In the Senate, Joseph Biden announced his candidacy for president. He described one opponent, Barack Obama, as,
"the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy."Under fire for these racially insensitive remarks, Biden than said,
"Call Senator Obama. He knew what I meant by it."Barack Obama:
"I didn't take Senator Biden's comments personally, but obviously they were historically inaccurate. African-American presidential candidates like Jesse Jackson, Shirley Chisholm, Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton gave a voice to many important issues through their campaigns, and no one would call them inarticulate."
"And I have no doubt that Jesse Jackson and every other black leader - Al Sharpton and the rest - will know exactly what I meant."Jesse Jackson:
"I am not sure what he means - ask him to explain what he meant."Al Sharpton:
"I told him I take a bath every day."What's that? Biden is a Democrat? Obama, Jackson, Sharpton, Chisholm and Moseley Braun are also all Democrats?
In San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom was ripping Ruby which torqued Tourk. The mayor's re-election campaign manager, Alex Tourk, quit after learning the mayor had been, er, torqueing Tourk's wife, Ruby Rippey-Tourk. She is in some sort of substance abuse program and as part of her treatment she confessed all to her husband, Tourk. He got torqued, went behind closed doors with his soon to be ex-boss, ripped him a newsom one and walked out.
Aids say that Mayor Newsom is "in shock" ("I've told her and told her; 'Deny. Deny. Deny.'"). Probably still in shock that Tourk didn't just shoot him, ala Harvey Milk.
What's that you say? Newsom is a Democrat? A Pelosi San Francisco Democrat, no less?
Well, I guess that's it for today from the sleazy world of sexist, racist Republicans.
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