Obviously, following the current nomination process of the Republican/Tea Party Maine Governor Paul LePage has thrown his hat in the ring as a Presidential candidate. One needs a certain number of gravitas free, utterly off the wall pronouncements to fire up the base to form an exploratory committe to begin to rake in the bucks from the Koch brothers…
“Gravitas free, and utterly-off-the-wall” once being fine qualifications for a stand up comic – now being the sole qualification in the ReTea Party to be elected to high position.
Governor Lepage’s stunning viewpoint adds yet another layer onto the Republican vision of Right Wing America once defined by the physically attractive if low IQ and disturbingly ditzy – Palin, Bachmann, and Coulter, to add yet another requirement on what it means to be a “real woman” (Mama Moose?) in the new ReTea Party…
The political debate over bisphenol A is heating up in Maine after Gov. Paul LePage’s recent comments questioning whether the controversial chemical is as dangerous as many scientists claim.
And LePage’s unusual quip about some women growing “little beards” from exposure to BPA likely will add another wrinkle to an issue on track to be one of the most contentious of the legislative session.
In his comments last week, LePage said he has yet to see enough science to support a ban on BPA, a common additive to plastics that some research suggests may interfere with hormone levels and could cause long-term problems. LePage said until scientists can prove BPA is harmful, the state should not rush to restrict its use.
“Quite frankly, the science that I’m looking at says there is no [problem],” LePage said. “There hasn’t been any science that identifies that there is a problem.”
LePage then added: “The only thing that I’ve heard is if you take a plastic bottle and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So the worst case is some women may have little beards.”
That last comment prompted a strong reaction from Mike Belliveau, executive director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, a Maine-based advocacy group.
“It displays shocking ignorance for the science and a callous disregard for children’s health,” Belliveau said.