Minnesota state senator campaigning for the U.S. Senate Karin Housley (R) has been running against Senator Tina Smith (D). The state’s past lieutenant governor and current Governor Mark Dayton (D) appointed Smith to take the Senate seat Al Franken left when he retired. Housley’s foul mouth has been getting her in trouble.
Smith has a comfortable margin — 16 points over the Republican. The reason could easily be that Housley has made no secret of her glaring disdain of politicians in the Democratic party.
In a boorish post on Facebook, Housley went after then-First Lady Michelle Obama’s posture when she met Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in 2009. Housley wrote “stand up straight,” The Huffington Post reported:
‘Michelle is soooo far from cool. Don’t we expect our First Ladies to at least stand up straight? (And my dear sister, know the proper etiquette and DO NOT TOUCH THE QUEEN!).’
Then, Housley made a reference to the chimpanzee in this 1951 film, Bedtime for Bonzo, featuring actor turned politician, President Ronald Reagan. Housley wrote this disgusting racist post:
‘I do miss Nancy Reagan. Ronald even more. Speaking of Bedtime for Bonzo, I think even that chimp stood up straighter than Michelle. Uh-oh, someone is going to make a comment.’
The Republican’s comment was particularly offensive. Still, her campaign spokesperson Jake Schneider emailed a statement to Huffington Post, saying:
‘It’s not surprising the Huffington Post—basically an extension of the Democratic Party—would do Tina Smith’s dirty work for her. This is what the radical left does when they are losing—they attack Republicans so they don’t have to come up with solutions to the problems Minnesotans are facing.’
At that same time, Housley lambasted then-secretary of state’s Hillary Clinton’s appearance, saying how much better former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin looked:
‘Gov. Sarah Palin didn’t even have to utter a word and people thought she wasn’t qualified. Sarah is beautiful (hot even, some say), with a stunning smile, great figure and an adorable family. Is it possible that we judge the beautiful people in reverse? She’s attractive, therefore not smart? Would we rather have our women in politics look like Hillary Clinton?’
When a friend of hers criticized Clinton’s pale-blue pantsuit, Housley jumped onto President Bill Clinton’s side:
“I saw that light blue one too! Variety is the spice of life. I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but Poor Bill!’
Housley was a big fan of Donald Trump’s claim that President Barack Obama was not an American. She attacked the way then-president Obama spoke:
‘(Why pronounce it) “Pockiston?” And why doesn’t he say Offgoniston? That one he says like an American. I find it odd.’
Then, the candidate wrote:
‘Trying to figure out why I chose that queer profile picture.’
Her friend responded:
‘You do own some fuzzy purple pants.’
Housley blasted back at her friend:
‘Ummm…. listen QUEER BOY, I have lost them, seriously, lost the purple plants.’
Spokesman for the Housley campaign criticized the Huffington Post’s “journalist judgment.”
Featured image is a screenshot via YouTube.