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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Those firing the flames of ignorance, superstition, bigotry, intolerance, and indecent regard for the freedoms of others can end up consumed by their own pyrotechnic inclinations.

Said simply, play with fire, get burned.

Is that "News?"

An ultra rightwing Republican in ultra, ultra, ultra stupid land, aka Wright County, experienced exactly that at the hands of his own carefully cultivated band of overzealous acolytes; Strib reporting:

GOP state Rep. David FitzSimmons of Albertville failed to win party endorsement for a second term Saturday, an outcome seen as a victory for those who deplored his vote to legalize same-sex marriage.

Delegates to the Wright County GOP convention instead backed Eric Lucero, a Dayton City Council member and technology manager who had hammered the first-term legislator on his support for same-sex marriage.

According to Lucero’s website, the challenger won endorsement on the first ballot with 74 percent of the vote.

FitzSimmons, who could not be reached for comment Saturday, has said that he stood by his marriage vote but that he would abide by the party’s endorsement.

“Losing is a distinct possibility,” he said last week.

The Minnesota Family Council hailed FitzSimmons’ defeat, saying that he had betrayed his constituents by running on a platform supporting traditional marriage and then voting to change the law.

In a statement to the Star Tribune last week, Lucero said that residents “do not trust David FitzSimmons to accurately represent them.”

But the contest divided Republicans between Lucero and FitzSimmons, considered a budget hawk who had the backing of former legislator and gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer and former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch. FitzSimmons has consistently opposed abortion, taxes and new spending.

FitzSimmons also won endorsement from the political arm of Voices of Conservative Women, the first time the group backed a man.

He represents District 30B, which covers parts of Wright and Sherburne counties. In 2012, 53 percent of voters in the district supported the failed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Fitzsimmons has been as inner party as the inner party gets; Strib's report noting that. If not a GOP coalition-building trendsetter in questionable directions, then he at least faithfully was marching for years vocally in the forefront of the trends he embraces. And now, unhorsed by some Dayton city councilmember who is/was/will be more a clown than the incumbent; Jesus weeping in all likelihood while those professing Jesus-love are overjoyed; with the secretive bigots at this website likely gloating:

Ditto, the band of bigots here:

Separation of church and state haters that they are, family liberty of choice haters that they are/will forever be, those poor souls; misled by the Old Deluder. (What other explanation fits better; and the Deluder, himself, must be laughing up a storm in Hell over this instance of His deluded disciples' misdirection.)

Does The Deluder keep those folks who turned on Fitzsimmons ignorant, misinformed, and hateful toward others who are not deluded to an equal degree? Go figure that one. As to possibilities, consider how the Massachutsetts Old Deluder Satan Act passed in 1647, at its opening paragraph statement of legislative purpose

It being one chief project of that old deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of the Scriptures, as in former times by keeping them in an unknown tongue, so in these latter times by persuading from the use of tongues, that so that [sic] at least the true sense and meaning of the original might be clouded and corrupted with false glosses of saint-seeming deceivers; and to the end that learning may not be buried in the grave of our forefathers, in church and commonwealth, the Lord assisting our endeavors.

might fit this cabal of operatives:

This link, followed, from here. Bigots anonymous. Professionals at it.

The wording, "... false glosses of saint-seeming deceivers ...", what exactly does that mean? To you.

click the thumbnail image to read it
UPDATE: Brodkorb wept.

Fitzsimmons accepts the will of caucus delegates.

Sacremento Bee carries AP coverage stating:

Delegates to the Wright County convention chose Lucero because they knew the city councilman from the town of Dayton would work to promote the values of religious freedom, Council CEO John Helmberger said in a statement.

Lucero and the Council had accused FitzSimmons of betraying his constituents by running on a platform of defending traditional marriage and then voting to support same-sex marriage.

Stinging analysis. I thank that Helmberger guy for his clarification, since I always thought "religious freedom" meant not only freedom of religion, but for those so inclined, freedom from religion. Now, Helmberger and Lucero, illuminaries of great distinction, on the Dayton City Council no less, explain me wrong.

Oh my. How many bigots can dance on the head of a pin?

______________FURTHER UPDATE______________
Brodkorb perhaps overreaced, but the Wright County crazies were out in a hunting pack, and Brodkorb did call them out on that. Moreover, of general Minnesota bipartisan interest, re secular taxes and not anyone's beliefs/superstitions, Brodkorb wrote this:

Eric Lureco, who is worried about the “assault against the family unit” by “gay marriage and the homosexual lifestyle”, received the endorsement of the Republican Party of Minnesota.

David received a 100 percent score on the 2013 scorecard from the Taxpayers League of Minnesota. But 100 percent support wasn’t good enough for Phil Krinkie. Without authorization from Ted Lillie, the President of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota, Krinkie released a letter from the Taxpayers League of Minnesota, claiming Lucero signed the Taxpayer’s Protection Pledge and David had not. Only 13 of 201 legislators received a 100 percent score from the Taxpayers League of Minnesota and only two of the 13 signed the pledge.

David’s picture appears on the front of the scorecard and the Taxpayers League of Minnesota claims “they deserve special recognition for their efforts to limit the growth and reach of state government.” The “special recognition” David received from the Taxpayers League of Minnesota today was a letter of support for his opponent. 100 percent wasn’t good enough today for Krinkie, the former head of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota.

Well, Michael, it looks to be who the GOP is made up of, these days. But - that Krinkie stuff. Has Krinkie committed political suicide in hopes of appealing to the clear least common denominator in the Sixth District GOP that he can upset Emmer's lead and Sivarajah's relative reasonableness?

Folks, it is time for the Chairman of the Taxpayer League to face this Krinkie thing.

Where does the dog plant his four legs, two in the Jesus-jockey camp, two in the hate-taxes camp, or is he a true four footed tax hater and only that? We await indications.

Enlarge and read the text on that last image. It ends, "You can help by: [...]"

So, does the Chairman woof that you help by being a dumbass bigot, or does the Chairman show courage?

Some of the Chairman's friends say one thing, some the other, and my bet, the Chairman agrees with his friends.

____________FURTHER UPDATE_____________
Sorensen opines that the Fitzsimmons ouster is absent of GOP death rattles; an event, but one less than high on any political Richter scale. Also, she disses Brodkorb's writing style. I thought Brodkorb's presentation okay, although weepy over a political ambush not unlike Bachmann's ambush of Laidig. Similar fingerprints, fundamental fingerprints, all over each ambush/ouster.

Sorensen's money paragraph:

The notion that Fitzsimmons' retirement represents a party-wide elephant barn cleaning over the marriage issue is dubious at a best; rather, marriage equality opponents at the Minnesota Family Council out-organized Fitzsimmons' supporters. Former Taxpayers League president and faltering congressional candidate Phil Krinkie took one parting shot at CD6 frontrunner Tom Emmer by helping to knockout his rival's close associate. Though crass, it's one way to announce his own retirement from politics.

It is hard to guess what Krinkie expected to gain from the conduct Brodkorb reported. It appears to narrow the CD6 contest to Sivarajah and Emmer, with the hockey player in front.

The question remains - Will Harold Hamilton duck making any public commentary on the Lucero ouster process and dynamics, and its likely success in that particular House district while insulting the intelligence of most of the rest of Minnesota.

As to Krinkie and gay Liberty hating, Brodkorb earlier reported Krinkie's bringing in Matt Salmon, for expected traction. Credit Krinkie with consistency, if not sound judgment.

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