August 21, 2012

Which name do you immediately recognize? Todd Akin or Kerry Gauthier? [Darleen Click]

Todd Akin, of course, is the brain-damaged Republican candidate (the non-TEA Party primary candidate that Democrats spent $1.5 million to help win) who put his foot in his mouth.

Kerry Gauthier is (and you’d never know it if you only read the headlines) the Democratic Minnesota State Legislator caught with something else in his mouth.

Democratic leaders in Minnesota are demanding a state lawmaker withdraw from his re-election bid after police claim he admitted to having sex with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop.

While Rep. Kerry Gauthier, 56, will lose support from fellow Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party members if he continues with his campaign, party leaders stopped short Monday of asking him to immediately resign.

The first-term legislator wasn’t charged in the alleged July 22 encounter because the legal age of consent in Minnesota is 16 and no money was exchanged, according to the St. Louis County attorney’s office. Police say the two had oral sex behind a rest stop pavilion in Duluth after the teen responded to Gauthier’s Craigslist ad looking for a “no strings attached” sex.

Posted by Darleen @ 7:40am
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  1. Gauthier, were he to venture to Washington D.C., would likely receive a standing ovation from the house Democratic caucus.

  2. Darleen,

    While the matter of stupidity vs. sex with a minor is important, there is also a big difference between a candidate for for US Senate versus a state legislator. It’s one of the reasons I think the Todd Akin flub is a much bigger national story.

  3. So, if Akin’s comments can be generalized to show “what every Republican believes about abortion” (which some on the left are claiming), then it logically follows that Gauthier’s actions can be generalized to show that every Democrat . . .

    Nope. I’m not going there. I don’t need the nightmares.

  4. Interesting facts about Kerry Gauthier from Wiki:

    He currently serves on the Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance, the State Government Finance, and the Transportation Policy and Finance committees.[4] He is also a member of the Planned Parenthood Regional Advisory Committee.

  5. 1) Public safety? Crime Prevention?

    2) I don’t think he may be one of the most qualified to sit on a planned Parenthood advisory committee, ikwimaittyd

    a)what part of “safe sex” is encapsulated in the act of anonymous rest stop sex?
    b) pregnancy is definitely not a consideration

  6. The joke around here is that exchanging blow jobs with a teenage boy will get a DFLer in hot water, but bending the rest of us over and giving us a good rogering will get him elevated to a leadership position.

    If I know my state’s DFL machine, the good Mr Gauthier will soon have himself a very cushy position in the bureaucracy. I’d bet on the IRRRB, or the Duluth Port Authority. You can damage a Democrat badly enough to make him unelectable, but that doesn’t mean you can get him out of government.

  7. rjacobse – take a gander at this for proof of what you stated. Akin was speaking for all Republicans, according to the NYT.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/21/opinion/new-frontiers-of-extremism-from-the-gop.html?_r=3&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

  8. Feh. I think this story only has traction with the usual suspects who, not coincidentally, think Jews murder Christian babies to make matzo bread and Christians murder Jewish babies to make communion wafers. Oddly, the same group who insist that Muslims are peaceful.

    Also, there is no God so we can do whatever we want. So there. /s

  9. It’s one of the reasons I think the Todd Akin flub is a much bigger national story.

    Make no mistake – the reason the Akin flub is a “much bigger national story” is because it serves to further the Democrats’ narrative and helps Obama. All other reasons are secondary to this aim.

  10. I’m too busy to be following the Akin kerfuffle closely, so I may very well be wrong. But it seems to me that the context for all this nonsense is that Akin is one of those “extremists” opposed to abortion under any circumstances.

    Which is really the only morally and intellectually consistent view of the matter.

  11. The story’s a big deal because the chicken little caucus of the Charlie Brown party has behaved predictably leigh.

  12. rjacobse – take a gander at this for proof of what you stated. Akin was speaking for all Republicans, according to the NYT.

    The GOP nominated Bob Casey Jr.? Who knew?

  13. That’s because the Chicken Little Faction are idiots, Ernst. That’s why we don’t listen to them over here in Outlaw Land.

  14. Alec, my soon to retire Congresscritter, Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma) is also very pro-life. As are just about all the Ds in flyover country. Except forward thinking types like Claire McCaskill, bless her heart.

  15. Alec, my soon to retire Congresscritter, Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma) is also very pro-life. As are just about all the Ds in flyover country. Except forward thinking types like Claire McCaskill, bless her heart.

    I’m just chafing at the NYT’s consternation that “extremists” have taken over the GOP, when office holders espousing identical views get funded and promoted by the DNC. I’m also chafing at the idea that the NYT editorial board has any fucking idea what the political “mainstream” is, and gives not a nanosecond to ask whether Obama or Pelosi is “mainstream” on the very same issue.

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