Friday, August 11, 2006

More family values compassionate conservatives

Kathleen Troia McFarland, a former official in the Reagan-era Pentagon and John Spencer, a former mayor of Yonkers, the two sacrificial lambs beating each other up in the Republican primary to win the chance to get slaughtered by Hillary in november, kicked it up a notch at their recent televised debate. McFarland, also known as sacrificial lamb number 1, repeatedly brought up Spencer's extramarital affair with a city worker while he was mayor and for raising taxes. "[W]hen you were mayor of Yonkers," said McFarland, "you had an affair with your secretary while your married to someone else." How else would have an affair? At least give him credit for doing it right. McFarland continued, "You tripled her salary and made her your chief of staff. You were living with her. You doubled your own personal income. You got financial gain from that. And you had two childrem." Ouch.

Mr. Spencer, better known as sacrificial lamb number 2, answered back saying the woman he had gone on to marry was not a "secretary" but "a career professional with 22 years of working for three former mayors and city managers." The question is what kind of "professional" was she?

Oh, but Mr. Spencer had his ammunition. Even before the debate the campaign has been vicious. Ms. McFarland's family has been an issue. New York magazine published a letter she wrote to her parents saying why she had cut off contact with her brother Michael, who was gay and died of AIDS-related illness. "Have you ever wondered why I have never had anything to do with Mike and have never let my daughters see him, although we live only 15 minutes away from each other? He has been a lifelong homosexual, most of his relationships brief, fleeting one-night stands." Nice lady.

"This [debate] was more like a Tom and Jerry cartoon than a Senate debate," said a spokesman for the state Democratic Party. "I don't think that anyone expected this to devolve into a cross between 'Dr. Phil' and 'Days of Our Lives,' said a Republican strategist working for the state's Conservative Party.

And why are they peeling each other's skin off? To lose by 30 points in november? I don't get it. I guess that's why I'm here typing away in anonymous solitude while McFarland and Spencer are embarrassing themselves publicly. Maybe they're auditioning for a job with Ken Mehlman or Karl Rove. maybe it's a cry for help. Whatever the case it did produce a blog entry. Thanks lambs.

2 Comments:

Blogger Chris said...

A republican with moral and ethical problems? You're kidding me! I thought they had all been sainted...

4:44 PM  
Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Sounds like a really bad episode of Jerry Springer. I was waiting for you to tell us that the gay brother comes from backstage for a tearful reunion.

5:05 PM  

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