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Political Suicide… And Other Stories

18 May

I believe it was Ben Franklin who said – “Anyone who wants the job of President, should on no account have the job”.

Political suicide and whackery in America has reached epidemic proportions, with seemingly every other state or federal Congressman and elected official rushing to lop his own head off or out whackjob the whackjobs…

Cases in point from today’s news –

Family Values GOP Rep To Resign Over Affair

Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), a champion of abstinence education and traditional family values, will resign effective Friday after an affair with a female staffer in his district office, he announced today.

He said in a statement that he “sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff.” And he blamed the atmosphere in Washington for forcing him to make the move:

“In the poisonous environment of Washington, D.C., any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted, for political gain. I am resigning rather than to put my family through that painful, drawn-out process.”

Candidate’s Words on Vietnam Service Differ From History

At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.

“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”

There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.

The deferments allowed Mr. Blumenthal to complete his studies at Harvard; pursue a graduate fellowship in England; serve as a special assistant to The Washington Post’s publisher, Katharine Graham; and ultimately take a job in the Nixon White House.

Train Wreck in the making…

Transgender conservative Republican takes on Broward-based U.S. Rep. Wasserman Schultz

Donna Milo – a Cuban-American, conservative Republican, transgender woman running for Congress – says she doesn’t like labels.

“I’m an American. I make my way on the basis of ability. My triumphs are based on my abilities, not on a label or a crutch,” said Milo, a Miami Planning Advisory Board member running to replace Broward-based U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, one of the House’s most liberal Democrats.

Milo, 48, will speak Monday night at Fort Lauderdale City Hall, a guest at the monthly Sunshine Republicans club, a conservative group of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender South Floridians.

“Donna is a very unique individual,” Sunshine Republicans President Benjamin Lewis said. “She brings a story with her candidacy. The story is of overcoming obstacles and desires to become the person she has wanted to be.”

Milo — formerly named Ed — was born in Cuba, the youngest of nine children. The Milo family immigrated to Miami in 1964 and moved to Fort Lauderdale four years later. Prior to graduation from Stranahan High, Ed Milo quit school.

“I got a GED three months before my senior year. My dad (an auto mechanic) was starting to get ill. I don’t come from a wealthy family, so I needed to help.”

Milo enrolled in contractor school and eventually became a home builder.

At age 19, Ed Milo married a high school sweetheart, Isabel. They have two children, Michael, now 25 and studying in Coral Springs to be a paramedic, and Emily, now 22 and a recent University of South Florida public relations grad.

“Donna is very blessed because she has a very supportive family,” Emily said. “I call her dad. She’s my dad. I have a mom. Donna’s my dad.”

Emily, who just moved back to South Florida and is helping Milo with her campaign, says they “have a normal life like anyone else.”

 
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