In the seemingly never-ending battle between Republican members of the House to embarrass themselves and the state, two sterling candidates with unimpeachable reputations have stepped over a battlefield littered with gaffes, offensive remarks and unparalleled idiocy, to become the most embarrassing members of the House. Representatives James Knox and Ken Peterson, congratulations for your achievements to bring dishonor to our state.
Representative Peterson stuck with the GOP’s primary jobs agenda during the session: demonizing gay Montanans. As the Missoula Independent reports, Peterson is VERY WORRIED about the MENACE of HOMOSEXUAL RECRUITING:
Which situations? According to Peterson, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, there are at least two prosecutable offenses—felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. One is the "recruitment" of non-gays. "Homosexuals can’t go out into the heterosexual community and try to recruit people, or try to enlist them in homosexual acts," Peterson says. He provides an example: "’Here, young man, your hormones are raging. Let’s go in this bedroom, and we’ll engage in some homosexual acts. You’ll find you like it.’" Peterson hasn’t actually seen this happen, he says, because "I don’t associate with that group of people at all… I’ve associated with mainstream people all my life."
I know I promised to be careful about using language that demeans mental illness, but that is the most singularly bat-shit crazy thing anyone has uttered during this farce of a session, and, I would argue, suggests that Representative Peterson has a) the worst pickup lines of any human being who has ever lived, and b) some, shall we say, unresolved issues he may want to consider addressing.
Representative Knox choose a more traditional approach: ungentlemanly conduct. I’m told that Knox chose not only to make a fool of himself at a legislative event last night (with pictures and video floating around the Internet), but his remarks about and behavior towards high school pages have been incredibly inappropriate. At least two reporters were looking into the story and interviewing today, and the Billings Gazette was fishing for more information:
Throw in some wildly offensive Facebook posts, and you’ve got a trifecta of “ungentlemanly” behavior.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see this story break wide open over the next couple of days.
These people are presenting themselves as representatives of not only Montanans, but some kind of spokesmen for moral living. These remarks and this kind of behavior demonstrate not only how wrong that assessment is, but how dangerous it is to put people like this in positions of power.