From Tennessean.com -
State Rep. Curry Todd, a Collierville Republican probably best-known in these parts for his sponsorship of gun legislation, is the hit of the Internet today after a clip of a legislative hearing Wednesday was posted in which he compared illegal immigrants to multiplying rats.Hmmm....
Todd made his remark after being told by CoverKids administrators that they could not require women to produce proof of citizenship before receiving prenatal care because their unborn children would, by law, be considered American citizens. Todd appeared upset over the opinion, mumbling that it meant “they can go out there like rats and multiply then, I guess.”
Such a perceptive and insightful observation!
Surely he can't have anything in common with our very own Russell???
...Like sponsoring anti-immigrant bills that would let any resident of the state sue a state agency or political subdivision (municipality, county, etc.) that they feel isn't sufficiently energetic in toeing the nativist line?
...Like sponsoring bills (and here) that would require proof of citizenship, with specified forms, of all people registering to vote, whether or not they were financially able to obtain the specified forms (Note: a similar law in AZ was recently found to be illegal by a federal appeals court)?
...Like sponsoring bills that are nothing more than love letters to lobbyists, easing rules regarding reporting requirements, increasing the allowable values of
...Like sponsoring bills that allow/encourage the carrying of guns in bars.
...Oh wait. Russell Pearce has done all of those, often before his counterpart in Tennessee did so.
Well, there can't be any other similarities, right?
....Like being involved with the Corrections Corporation of America (accepted campaign contribution 10/14/2010 and 11/24/2009 in the amount of $500)
...Like being involved with the American Legislative Exchange Council - Todd is listed as ALEC's state chairman for Tennessee and is a member of its national board of directors (he also paid $1000 out of his campaign funds on 4/23/2009 for "dues/subscriptions" for the ALEC Convention and $175 on 12/27/2006 to the ALEC Convention under the heading of "conference.")
Note: details on the Pearce/ALEC/CCA ties here and here from NPR.
Who am I kidding? They're peas in a pod; they've even got the same mush-mouthed speaking style.
There are probably even more similarities, but the Tennessee legislature's website absolutely sucks for searching bills by the name of the sponsors.
Maybe during last week's "Over/Under" post, I should have added a line about "Percentage of American state legislatures that will be caught up in the Pearce nativism pandemic in 2011: 70 percent"...