Bonehead Quote(s) of the Week: The Elisa Chan Senate hopeful edition
Elisa Chan wants to take her roadshow all the way up to the Texas Capitol. In a release today, Chan announced she’s officially vying to unseat state Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), a Tea Party conservative that makes Chan’s bizarre anti-LGBT views look milquetoast. But Chan’s stepping up her game. In a campaign announcement released this afternoon, Chan takes aim at the Obama administration’s policies, castigating the federal government for everything from health care and the economy to its supposed inability to allow Americans to (we shit you not) “defend ourselves from violent criminals.”
“Our state and our families face serious threats over the next four years,” said Chan. “Our energy industry is under attack by the Obama Administration, the Obama economic policy has stalled job creation and prosperity, gradually destroying the middle class—the heart of our nation. And Obamacare is a threat to our national economic health and our individual health itself. Misguided policies pushed from Washington are steadily degrading our quality of education, our family values and even our ability to defend ourselves from violent criminals. We must have a strong and effective voice to counter those forces and push the frontiers of freedom forward.”
And if you’re into Reagan allusions smothered in metaphorical platitudes, get excited about the rest of Chan’s announcement:
“Ronald Reagan called America a shining city on the hill,” said Chan. “I know this to be true because I saw that light from a distance and was drawn by it. I understand that keeping the American light shining has become the job of Texans. The values that have drawn people to this sacred land for centuries are brightest now right here in Texas and we must defend them.”
Embroiled in a scandal that revealed her blatant prejudice against the LGBT community, Chan obviously isn’t letting the flack get to her. Instead, the District 9 council woman will probably use the name ID to propel herself to the staunchly conservative district—as we learned in the infamous recording, she’s never one to miss a good opportunity to advance her political career.
But it’s hard to imagine Chan as ready for primetime considering a look back at her greatest bonehead moments:
–Earlier this year during a vote to approve a new library, Chan failed to disclose she and her husband owned property next door, forcing council to wipe the unanimous vote clean and come back to the dais, the Express-News reported. Whoops! The issue drew questions of ethical credibility and possible violations of the city charter.
–Later, the public got an earful when a covertly recorded audiotape of Chan strategizing with key aides about an upcoming non-discrimination ordinance vote exposed her shockingly homophobic views. “That’s disgusting!” she exclaimed, in response to homosexuality. “You know, to be quite honest, I know this is not politically correct,” she says. “I never bought in that you are born, that you are born gay. I can’t imagine it.”
–Oh and this: “Whatever you want to do in your bedroom is none of my business, but do not impose your view on other people, especially becoming policy … because personally, I think it’s just disgusting just to even think about.”
–Aaaand…. “By the way, this is politically incorrect,” she tells her aides. “I don’t think homosexual people should do adoption. They should be banned by adoption. You’re going to confuse those kids. They should be banned.”
–One more: “It is actually, what you call, suggestive, for the kids to be corrupt, which is against nature. I’m telling you, anything that is against nature is not right.”
–As the public awaited a solemn apology, as one might reasonably expect, Chan held a press conference the next week (announced just 30 minutes before the event) in which she not only failed to offer her regret but defended her words: “I know that many people find the comments made in the meeting offensive, but again it was a confidential meeting set in the privacy of my office where none of us are supposed to worry about what we say,” said Chan. “These meetings have been and will always be a free-speech zone.”
–Chan did offer this message to detractors, encapsulating her confusion about a host of things, apparently including irony: “Political correctness will not win this day; standing firm as an individual in service to the whole community does.”