U.S. Representative Trey Radel Resigned to Pressure | James Pat Guerréro


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BREAKING: Trey Radel resigns from Congress today | The News-Press | news-press.com.

Congressman Trey Radel (R-FL) decided to resign his service for the Florida District 19.  My previous post actually recommended that Congressman Trey Radel continue his service and not resign.  I based my opinion on the need for Radel working to convince his constituency for their pardon and support.

I also recommended that Republicans and his constituency be open-minded in considering his second chance, albeit in an indirect way.

On both counts we see a meltdown.

I try not to edit news and literally accept the opinions of newspaper editors and television anchors who try to decide for me what the best course of action is.

Taking on the merit of the case alone, Radel obviously screwed up.  But, he was nominated by the middle class and wealthy of Fort Myers and Naples, Florida; was heavily supported by the Republican Party in general; was charioted by the Tea Parties – although it won’t admit it in unison – and he was elected to Congress.

In garnering the campaign support for Radel in the first place, it didn’t matter that he had a party drug and alcohol problem that possibly was there for more time than we care to digest, and it didn’t matter that he was a conservative talk show host.

I only needed to view one video reported by Amanda Hall of WINK NEWS, Fort Myers, Florida, to understand Radel.  He had sworn to this constituency that he would serve his constituents, his country, and his family.  He had promised his Republican party that he would be conservative.   Yes, Radel became a congressman and got in very deep.  Then, he was surrounded by power, greed, corruption, and a party drug atmosphere in Washington.  What is a congressman supposed to do?

What he did do was circle himself into a real DuPont.  How so? one asks.  Positively, he couldn’t lie to himself about his own party drug use and alcoholism.  Negatively, Radel had not thought about his exit strategy.

In Washington, when you screw up, you need an exit strategy.  The United States Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH); the United States House Committee on Ethics; the middle class and wealthy constituents of Fort Myers and Naples, Florida; the Republican Party; the Republican National Committee; the Republican Party of Florida; the Florida Governor, a Republican; and even the Democratic Party were all pressuring Mr. Radel to resign.

What could have been Radel’s exit strategy?  He should have kept his mouth shut. And by following this simple strategy, what could he have lost by following it?

There is no way he could have been fired from Congress in the time he had remaining to serve, which would have been one year in a two-year term office.  As I understand it, the United States House Committee on Ethics, headed by Mike Conaway (R-TX), is very forgiving.  He would have been investigated and reprimanded, and perhaps censured, but not expelled.

I think Mr. Radel should have hammered it out by staying to full term in office.  The term would have gone by quickly.  By studying the numbers, he would have soon realized that the odds for re-election would be minimal.  He could have been a good servant, got back on track, and voted for his constituents according to their needs.    At the same time, he could have achieved one full term in Congressional office, with a small blemish, and made his family proud of him.

He would have analyzed the Republican dismal uproar and the Tea Party dishonorable discharge.  One must ask how the Republican Party is going to salvage a spent term by specially electing a replacement in time to do any good.  Additionally, the extra taxpayer expense is reckoned to be at approximately $500,000.

Although Radel had fallen on his own sword, he quickly removed it and fell backwards on it. Nevertheless, the pressure was there to do so.

 

 

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The Heroism of Wendy Davis | Ann Coulter


Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator running for governor, became a liberal superhero last June when she filibustered a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks. (This was the good filibuster, not that awful filibuster three months later by Ted Cruz – that was just grandstanding.)

Apart from her enthusiasm for abortion (and you have to admit, abortion is really cool), the centerpiece of Davis’ campaign is her life story. Also the fact that she’s a progressive woman who doesn’t look like Betty Friedan.

In a typical formulation, Time magazine said Davis was someone who could give the Democrats “‘real people’ credibility,” based on “her own personal story — an absent father, a sixth-grade-educated mother, a teen pregnancy, followed by life as a single mom in a mobile home, then community college and, at last, Harvard Law School.”

The headlines capture the essence of Wendy-mania:

CNN: Wendy Davis: From Teen Mom to Harvard Law to Famous Filibuster

Bloomberg: Texas Filibuster Star Rose From Teen Mom to Harvard Law

The Independent (UK): Wendy Davis: Single Mother From Trailer Park Who Has Become Heroine of Pro-Choice Movement

Cosmopolitan: Find a Sugar Daddy to Put You Through Law School!

Actually, that last one I made up, but as we now know, it’s more accurate than Davis’ rags-to-riches life story.

The truth was gently revealed in the Dallas Morning News this week. Far from an attack, this was a puff-piece written by Wayne Slater, rabid partisan Democratic hack and co-author of the book, “Bush’s Brain.” (He is not an admirer of Bush’s brain.) It would be like Sean Hannity breaking a scandal about Ted Cruz.

The first hint that Slater was trying to help Davis get ahead of the story and tilt it her way is his comment that Davis’ life story is “more complicated” than her version — i.e., completely the opposite — adding, “as often happens when public figures aim to define themselves.”

Actually, the truth is much simpler than her story. Also, be sure to look for that “as often happens” excuse the next time a Republican gets caught lying about his resume.

Slater’s peculiar obsession with whether Davis was 19 or 21 when she got her first divorce, and exactly how long she lived in a trailer home, is meant to deflect attention from something much more problematic: the huge whoppers Davis told.

Her big lies were about the obstacles she had to overcome and how she overcame them, not about how old she was at the time of her first divorce.

She claims she was raised by a single mother, went to work at age 14 to support her family, became a single mother herself in her teens, and then — by sheer pluck and determination — pulled herself out of the trailer park to graduate from Harvard Law School!

The truth is less coal-miner’s daughter than gold-digger who found a sugar daddy to raise her kids and pay for her education.

Point No. 1: Davis’ family wasn’t working-class. Her father owned a sandwich shop and a dinner theater, which puts Davis solidly into middle-class land.

Point No. 2: No one who works at MSNBC would know this, but everyone whose parents run a family business starts work at age 14, if not sooner.

Point No. 3: Her parents were separated, but that is not the commonly accepted meaning of “single mother.”

Point No. 4: As for being a single mother at age 19 — she wasn’t a “single mother” in the traditional sense, either. She was married at age 18, had a child at 19 and divorced her first husband, a construction worker, at 21. (He couldn’t afford tuition at Harvard.)

So she got married young? That isn’t a hard-luck story. Well into the 1950s, nearly half of all first-born children were born to married women under the age of 20.

But Wendy Davis’ harrowing nightmare of poverty and sacrifice wasn’t over yet.

Just a few years after her first divorce, Wendy was on the make, asking to date Jeff Davis, a rich lawyer 13 years her senior, who frequented her father’s dinner club. In short order, they married and had a child together.

The next thing Jeff Davis knew, he was paying off her college tuition, raising their kids by himself and taking out a loan to send her to Harvard Law School.

(Feminists rushed to the stores to buy the shoes Davis wore during her famous filibuster. I’d like the shoes she was wearing when she met her sugar daddy.)

Then Wendy left her kids with the sugar daddy in Texas — even the daughter from her first marriage — while she attended Harvard Law.

Slater says Davis’ kids lived with Jeff Davis in Texas while she attended law school. Wendy Davis claims her girls lived with her during her first year of law school. Let’s say that’s true. Why not the other two years? And what was the matter with the University of Texas Law School?

Sorry, MSNBC, I know you want to fixate on how many months Davis spent in the trailer park and her precise age when the first divorce went through. And that would be an incredibly stupid thing for conservatives to obsess on, if they were, in fact, obsessing on it. But I’m still stuck on her leaving her kids behind while she headed off to a law school 1,500 miles away.

The reason Wendy Davis’ apocryphal story was impressive is that single mothers have to run a household, take care of kids and provide for a family all by themselves. But Wendy was neither supporting her kids, nor raising them. If someone else is taking care of your kids and paying your tuition, that’s not amazing.

Hey — maybe Jeff Davis should run for governor! He’s the one who raised two kids, including a stepdaughter, while holding down a job and paying for his wife’s law school. There’s a hard-luck story!

Mr. Davis told the Dallas Morning News that Wendy dumped him as soon as he had finished paying off her Harvard Law School loan. “It was ironic,” he said. “I made the last payment, and it was the next day she left.”

In his defense, a lot of people are confused about the meaning of “ironic.” That’s not “ironic.” Rather, it’s what we call: “entirely predictable.”

It’s ironic — my car stopped running right after I ran out of gas.

It’s ironic — my house was broken into, and the next thing I knew all my valuables were missing.

It’s ironic — I was punched in the face right before my nose broke.

In his petition for divorce, Mr. Davis accused his wife of adultery. The court made no finding on infidelity, but awarded him full custody of their underage child and ordered Wendy to pay child support.

Wendy boasted to the Dallas Morning News: “I very willingly, as part of my divorce settlement, paid child support.” Would a divorced dad get a medal for saying that?

In response to Wayne Slater’s faux-”expose,” naturally Davis put out a statement denouncing … her probable Republican opponent, Greg Abbott. Again, Slater wrote the story. But Davis blathered on, blaming Abbott for the Dallas Morning News story and complaining that he hasn’t “walked a day in my shoes.”

About that she’s certainly right. Greg Abbott could never walk a day in her shoes or anyone else’s. He’s a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair.

I guess Wendy could teach him a lot about suffering.

Davis also said these attacks “won’t work, because my story is the story of millions of Texas women …” Yes, for example, Anna Nicole Smith. Though at least Smith had the decency not to ask for a paid education.

Ann Coulter is author of the new book, Never Trust a Liberal Over Three – Especially a Republican (Regnery 2013). 

The heroism of Wendy Davis.

Actress Out Of San Francisco Production After Endorsing Tea Party Candidate « CBS San Francisco


Actress Out Of San Francisco Production After Endorsing Tea Party Candidate « CBS San Francisco.

With the help of Maria Conchita Alonso this political ad is really to the benefit of Tim Donnelly who learned to use a different approach: making the conservative position appealing to the Hispanic audience. Maria was perfect by rejecting hunting animals: this position she objected to bring out her intelligence. The ad will work. Computing the odds of success: I give this ad a 9.2 out of 10.