By Elaine Magliaro
Meet Lenar Whitney. A Republican from Houma, Louisiana, Whitney is currently serving as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 53. She is also the Republican National Committee Woman from her state. On May 31st, Whitney announced her candidacy for congress in Louisiana’s sixth congressional district.
David Wasserman (Washington Post) is House Editor for The Cook Political Report. After speaking with Lenar, Wasserman described her as the “most frightening candidate” that he had met in “seven years interviewing congressional hopefuls.” Wasserman said that he had never met “any candidate quite as frightening or fact-averse as Louisiana state Rep. Lenar Whitney…” He added, “It’s tough to decide which party’s worst nightmare she would be.” Wasserman continued, “She clearly relishes poking Democrats in the eye, cites Minnesota’s Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) as a political role model, and takes kindly to the nickname ‘Palin of the South.’”
Wasserman reported that Whitney “has sought to boost her profile and appeal to conservative donors with a slickly made YouTube video entitled ‘GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAX’…In the video, Whitney gleefully and confidently asserts that the theory of global warming is the ‘greatest deception in the history of mankind’ and that ‘any 10-year-old’ can disprove it with a simple household thermometer.”
GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAX
If Lenar is successful in her run for a Congressional seat—as Wasserman noted—Whitney “would hardly be the first ‘climate denier’ elected to Congress.” Still, Wasserman added that “it’s not unreasonable to expect candidates to explain how they arrived at their positions, and when I pressed Whitney repeatedly for the source of her claim that the earth is getting colder, she froze and was unable to cite a single scientist, journal or news source to back up her beliefs.”
Wasserman then changed the subject. He asked Whitney whether she thought President Obama was born in the United States. Whitney responded by saying that “it was a matter of some controversy…” Wasserman said it was at that point in his interview with Whitney that “her two campaign consultants quickly whisked her out of the room, accusing me of conducting a ‘Palin-style interview.’”
Lenar Whitney–just the kind “fact-averse” individual that the residents of Louisiana should have representing them in the House, huh???