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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Very funny, except I live in this state.

Melina found this one for me.

Extracted from The Raleigh News & Observer May 30, 2006
Contest for 13th already strident

In the 13th district, Republican Vernon Robinson is trying to unseat Miller, a two-term incumbent from Raleigh.

Robinson thinks he has a powerful issue which he can ride to Congress -- growing concern about the wave of illegal immigration coming into the state. He has already run a radio ad that features mariachi band music playing in the background.

"If Miller had his way," says the announcer, "America would be nothing but one big fiesta for illegal aliens and homosexuals."

"My wife was interviewed on three television stations last week about why we had not had children and what was my sexual orientation," Miller recently told delegates to the 13th District Democratic convention at Alamance Community College.

Miller said his wife of nearly 25 years, Esther Hall, could not bear children because she had endometriosis and then a hysterectomy at age 27 before the couple were married.

Robinson said he brought up the Millers' childlessness in the broader context of showing that Miller was outside the mainstream. He said being childless might influence Miller's votes, citing Miller's opposition to providing vouchers to allow children in Washington, D.C., to attend private schools.

Miller said Robinson was clearly using code words to suggest that Miller is gay [and that] Robinson has a history of implying that his opponents are gay, noting that in 2004, he described GOP opponent Ed Broyhill as "limp wristed." Robinson said he was not questioning Miller's sexuality.

"I did not say the guy is a homosexual ...," Robinson said. "We were talking about the left-wing wacko friends he runs around with."


At 6:16 PM, Blogger miatagirl said...

This guy, Robinson, needs to grow up.

Here's what I think. If people (politicians, teenagers, everyone) would stop taking being called gay as in insult then maybe this type of name-calling would stop.

I don't get insulted if someone assumes I'm straight. Straight people have no reason to be insulted if someone thinks their gay. (Not that Miller is taking it as an insult, but most straight people do.)

At 10:17 PM, Blogger kenju said...

Dear God. Robinson is a fool. Unfortunately, there will be many who love that kind of rhetoric.

At 7:13 AM, Blogger kenju said...

Barry Saunders speaks to this in the N&O this morning.

At 1:48 PM, Blogger novelera said...

Ye Gods! This post definitely throws ice water on any vague thoughts I might have had about leaving the (very expensive) San Francisco Bay Area. To think that a politician could get away with an attack ad like that! My mother was from NC and I had fond memories of childhood visits (we lived in Ohio) to a beautiful, green paradise. Clearly there are plenty of snakes in this Eden.

At 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find this person frightening. On one hand his insulting antics are so absurd as to be funny. On the other hand the fact that anybody could actually support this jackass scares the heck out of me.

Anyway, one big alien and homosexual fiesta? Sounds fun to me.

At 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I come to the fiesta? That DOES sound like fun.

That guy Robinson is such a jerk; he sounds like one of our Texas jerks. (Everything's bigger in Texas.)


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