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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Stupidest email yet from Tom Feeney (R-FL-Abramoff)

While I certainly don't enjoy hearing from Tom Feeney in any medium, the sad fact is, he's my Congressman and I need to keep track of what he's up to. I've been subscribed to his email list for a couple years, and when I see his name in my inbox, can always count on being amused, annoyed, disgusted, angered, confused, or some combination of those emotions. Not to mention, he's been known to make factual errors and misrepresentations in these emails (shocking, I know), and I've even been compelled to write back to him with corrections on a couple of occasions. The most recent one was earlier this year when ol' Tom perpetuated the childish misnomer "Democrat Party." I gently informed him that the correct phrase is "Democratic Party" and suggested he have his staff more carefully proofread these emails before they get sent, because otherwise his constituents just might think he's ignorant.

Tom regularly rails against teh ileegul imagrintsOHN0EZ!@@!! and is proud of his anti-SCHIP vote. But this week's email really took the cake. My first reaction on seeing the subject line was, "The hell?" as it made no sense to me whatsoever. Anyway, here it is in all its glory, for your own WTF?ing pleasure:

Member of Congress
24th District, Florida

Financial Services Committee
Judiciary Committee
Science Committee

Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

October 11, 2007

Contact: Pepper Pennington

Capitol Architect No Longer Censors Architect of the Universe

(Oviedo, FL) - U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Oviedo) was pleased that the Architect of the Capitol, Mr. Stephen T. Ayers is now allowing "God" on flag certificates. Earlier this week, Rep. Feeney expressed his frustration with reports that flag certificates using the word "God" were being censored by the Architect of the Capitol. Mr. Ayers had reportedly informed several congressional offices that the use of the word “God” violates the Architect’s rules prohibiting religious references on flag certificates.

"I'm pleased that the Architect of the Capitol is no longer censoring the Architect of the Universe. Fortunately, he responded to congressional pressure and public outcry and decided that 'God' may now be used in flag certificates.

"I was outraged earlier this week to learn that Americans are censored because they want to fly a flag over the Capitol and express their faith or even say something as simple as 'for the love of God, family, and Country.'

"I want to thank my colleagues for joining me to sign a letter to Speaker Pelosi that reminds the Architect of his authority and the scope of his office. The Capitol contains many religious symbols and now Speaker Pelosi needs to condemn the censorship," said Feeney.

Rep. Feeney's office offers a flag service to constituents. This is a very popular service where Central Floridians can purchase flags to be flown over the United States Capitol. The flags are also accompanied by certificates from the office of the Architect of the Capitol that details the date and the occasion that the flag was flown.

Rep. Feeney signed a letter to Speaker Pelosi asking for an immediate review of the authority under which the Architect is making these rules, as well as the reversal of this policy which censors our citizens’ right to expressions of their faith.

When I first read that subject line prior to opening his email, all that came to mind was Masters of the Universe. Now, I freely confess to never being a particular fan of the MOTU franchise, but I do at least know He-Man, She-Ra, and Skeletor. But which one was the Architect, and what powers did he possess? Could he speed-read blueprints? Mix thousands of tons of concrete with his bare hands? Keep the nation's infrastructure from collapsing? (That last one certainly would come in handy these days!)

Then I realized, of course, that Tom was talking about God. What a buzzkill, especially after momentarily thinking our crumbling infrastructure would be mysteriously repaired overnight, with the only clue as to whom accomplished this monumental task being "AotU" scrawled into the cement before it dried. (He couldn't have used just "AU," of course, lest the credit mistakenly be ascribed to Americans United.)

It never hurts to remind everyone that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has listed Feeney among its most corrupt Congressmen since practically the day he took office. I'm still supporting Clint Curtis for FL-24, and there's now a DCCC-recruited challenger, former FL state Representative Suzanne Kosmas.

I look forward to one of these candidates winning FL-24 in 2008 and thus relieving me of further WTF? email moments, as least as far as Tom Feeney is concerned. I get too many of those moments without his help.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sticking with Clint Curtis. I also am sticking with him. People need to understand that Kosmas may be the DCCC's choice person, but the reason this seat is winnable is due to Curtis' hard work to oust Feeney and we should not allow a party person to reap the rewards from his hard work. Besides Kosmas has ethical issues of her own!

But Kosmas has seen controversy too.

In 1998, she was part of a two-member board that recommended Volusia County purchase a $25,300 sculpture for a local library -- more than twice the county's allocated $12,000 budget.

Artist Doris Leeper withdrew the entry after it was revealed that the two women were friends and that Leeper had contributed $1,000 to Kosmas' political campaign.

"It was not a conflict of interest in my mind," Kosmas said. "This was a local artist who did phenomenal work."

I just suggest that everyone think long and hard before they vote for her.

Yeah I want another Feeney on my hands we see where that has gotten us. I think NOT!!!!!!!!!! I fully intend on letting everyone I know about everything I have found on Ms Kosmas.

The only thing worse than a corrupt Republican is a corrupt Democrat because as Democrats we have to be better than that. She is no better than Feeney.

Thanks but no thanks!!! No sheep in wolves clothing for me.

Yes I do live in the District if anyone wants to know.

Also I met Ms. Kosmas and my question was what is her response to some of the things that are being said about her on the blogs. Her response about the internet and bloggers was "I don't pay any attention to those people because they are not real. You cannot attach a name to them so therefore they do not matter." WOW!! Way to go Kosmas. You are just a full of it as Feeney. Oh yeah she also supported Bush's war. do your homework!

10:43 AM, October 16, 2007  
Blogger PattyP said...

Thanks for this info on Kosmas and for sticking with Clint. I have little doubt Clint would have blown Feeney away last year had the DCCC supported him. I don't understand why they needed to "shop around" for another candidate. I also can't believe the hypocrisy of some in the netroots - they rail against the "insider" candidates usually put forth by the DCCC and DSCC, and at the same time welcome a DCCC-approved candidate with open arms. You can't get much more outside the Beltway than Clint! Granted, he's not really netroots-savvy, but he's working to learn and he understands the importance of the netroots, and certainly not just a means of fundraising but also as a place to exchange ideas. I'll try to find time to do more research on Kosmas; in the meantime, please share any links you find about her political history. I don't just want any old Democrat to replace Feeney, I want someone who's going to work hard and bring fresh ideas to D.C.

11:16 AM, October 16, 2007  

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