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???
The most frightening candidate I’ve met in seven years interviewing congressional hopefuls (Washington Post)
‘Palin of the South’ House candidate flees from interview over Obama birth question (Raw Story)
‘Greatest Deception in the History of Mankind’: Behold GOP U.S. House Candidate Lenar Whitney (Brad Blog)
Houma state representative Lenar Whitney officially enters congressional race (Times-Picayune)
Cook Political Report calls Louisiana congressional candidate Lenar Whitney ‘frightening’ (Times-Picayune)
I don’t know who is running against her, but Palin is very popular in the south which means she will probably win.
The idea of living in a world controlled by people like her makes me almost acquiescent of the fate of global warming wiping us out as a species. The earth would eventually recover and perhaps some species better than us would come along. The rise and fall of homo sapiens has unfolded like one vast Wagnerian opera…. bring on the Nibelungs….
Perhaps she is a Stepford Wife and they had to wisk her out of the room to recharge her battery.
perhaps she is right about global climate change being caused by man.
Where do they find these people??!
Blouise, they breed them in fundamentalist churches across America.
Those churches are a scary place. Check out my blog for a link a website where a woman claims that according to the bible, married women shouldn’t be able to vote…
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It’s hard to take such a person seriously when every opening of the mouth results in the ineffable continuance of the “sin of pride.” So it’s hard to take any belief seriously. Like being seen in church, this person likes being seen being “cute,” not the physically attractive kind, but the banal mock speech-to-power meant to get a guffaw with accompanying donation out of anyone else who has never thought through a difficult problem. The money spends the same regardless.
So what do you all disagree with?
That large debt is bad?
That energy security is bad?
Her ability to completely dismiss the use of science and logic is a worry. If she is prepared to ignore facts about evolution and climate warming, she might be prepared to ignore facts about anything? Intelligence reports? WMD?
One wonders whether the ignoring of facts is a cynical ploy to appeal to a very specific group of voters or if they actually believe it?
She is “fact-averse.” I wouldn’t want someone as clueless as she is representing my district.
What have the Facts or the truth to do with holding public office as a republican? Or these days even a democrat…..
“Blouise, they breed them in fundamentalist churches across America.” Annie Yep, Texas is full of fundamentalist churches and women like this. I don’t know of any republican women running for the top offices there this year. The line-up is comprised of all white christian fundamentalist tea party men. The democrats have two great women running for governor and lt. governor, Wendy and Leticia, but they probably don’t have much of a chance. Neither are climate change deniers, of course. Those people are all in the republican tea party.
She thinks we can produce more petroleum than Russia and all the countries in the mideast combined. Just drill more holes. Does she understand sticking more straws into a big gulp doesn’t make the cup bigger?
Never thought I’d see it, somebody that can make Sarah Palin seem intelligent.