"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


a rose by any other name

Well. Well. Well. I guess it's a free country, and you can change your name, and your kid's name, to whatever you want. Although if you're going to change one of your children's middle names to Pro-Life, why wouldn't you change the middle names of the other fourteen?

Electoral issues aside (It might be a tiny problem that this guy doesn't support the rule of constitutional law, but maybe I'm being picky about details), I don't have a problem with him legally changing his name to reflect his, um, beliefs. It reminds me of Byron (Low-Tax) Looper, a Tennessee politician who legally changed his middle name to (Low-Tax) (parentheses and all) a few years back. Unfortunately, Mr. Looper had some legal issues relating to his time as Putnam County Tax Assessor, but that turned out to be small change compared to his subsequent conviction for the murder of his opponent in a state Senate race.

It gets better. Since the Democratic candidate for the seat was dead, (Low-Tax) ended up being the only name on the ballot, due to some technicalities in the Tennessee electoral code. A write-in candidate managed to get organized enough to win.

Anyway, despite the fact that Mr. Pro-Life says that Idaho should "ignore federal court decisions," I'm sure he's not as out there as (Low-Tax) Looper. And if you need a gimmicky name-change, your campaign's probably already in so much trouble that we don't have to worry about the fate of the republic.


Anonymous kirstin said...

Yikes! I hadn't heard about this guy yet. And I live in Idaho! Good point about the other fourteen kids.

And he doesn't support increased funds to hire more teachers??!? Do you know I started at a salary of $27,500 this year? If I were still in Laredo it would have been $40,000, and it's cheaper to live there than here. Idaho needs to pay the teachers it has more, and it needs more teachers on top of that. (Classes at my high school started around 35 kids/class this year)

Thursday, September 21, 2006 11:30:00 AM

Blogger Emily said...

Low Tax! My hubby hails from Mr. Looper's area. At least this guy doesn't sound like he will kill his opponent...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 9:49:00 PM


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