Thursday, July 27, 2017


“These days, many Washington politicians are unafraid to take verbal shots at one another over legislative discord, whether it’s on social media or on cable network shows. But long gone are the days when politicians would threaten to settle rivalries with duels.

So it was a throwback when Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican from Corpus Christi, Tex., on Friday criticized some Republican “female senators from the Northeast” for their opposition to efforts to pass a health care overhaul.

Then, he said, “if it was a guy from south Texas I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style.”

Speaking to local radio host Bob Jones, Farenthold was referring to the 1804 duel in which Burr shot and killed Alexander Hamilton, former treasury secretary and Burr’s long-standing political rival and personal enemy.

Farenthold, who has experienced a fair share of controversies over women’s issues and his interactions with women, did not mention any of these senators by name. But three Republican female senators have been key holdouts from the GOP’s current Obamacare “repeal and replace” proposal:  Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).

However, the only senator from the Northeast among the three is Collins, a centrist who vocally opposed the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act for cutting Medicaid in ways she says would hurt rural and vulnerable Americans, as The Washington Post reported.

“In twenty years in the Senate, I have had a lot of people make suggestions about how to resolve legislative disputes, but until today nobody had ever suggested a duel,” Collins said in a statement following news of Farenthold’s remarks.

“And as I far as I know,” she later added, according to the Associated Press, “dueling is illegal in every state. He’ll be disappointed, I guess.”

Farenthold later told the Dallas Morning News and other news outlets that his remarks were “clearly tongue in cheek.” He said that like President Trump, he is “sick and tired of the left-wing.”

Even if it was ‘tongue-in-cheek’ it’s just dumb. Violence involving U.S. Senators is nothing to joke about.  Isn’t the political atmosphere toxic enough without this?

It takes a brave man to challenge women to duels.   Collins later criticized Farentholt’s appearance.  They both issued apologies

There have been lots of embarassing moments for this TX State Rep.  He is an embarrassment to the TX and its voters

“WASHINGTON - It was a costume party for a friend's $25-a-head fundraiser at the Sky Terrace and Lounge in Corpus Christi.

Blake Farenthold, then best known as the co-host of a local conservative radio show, arrived in duck-print pajamas. It was a cool December night in 2009. He didn't stay long, but before he left, a promoter snapped a picture of him posing gamely next to a young waitress in lingerie.”



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