Republican Congresswoman Threatens to Assault Wheelchair Bound Libertarian Candidate

The party of God strikes again. This time incumbent Republican congresswoman Barbara Cubin threatens to attack fellow candidate Thomas Rankin, her wheelchair bound Libertarian opponent. According to the Casper Star-Tribune:

The verbal sparring between two candidates for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat didn’t end when the televised debate ended Sunday evening.

Immediately after the lights and cameras shut down, incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin walked to Libertarian candidate Thomas Rankin, who had criticized her for receiving contributions from former House Speaker Tom Delay, R-Texas.

“‘If you weren’t sitting in that chair, I’d slap you across the face,'” Cubin told Rankin, he said Monday.

If anyone can find a link to the preceding debate, please let me know.

Update by Stephen VanDyke: Cubin has offered an official apology, and at the same time tells her version of the remark:

“It was person to person and it was not an attack on the disabled,” Cubin said in a telephone interview from Rock Springs. “In retrospect I was wrong in what I said and I apologize.”

[…] Cubin said she went over to Rankin, challenged his debate assertions and remarked that “if you had said that to anyone else, they probably would have smacked you.”

That sounds like a line of baloney. Rankin has been adamant about what she said to him and has witnesses to support his claim (and considering it was post-debate, it’s very likely some of them were members of the press).

Still, this all stems from her getting campaign money from Tom DeLay (the prince of illegal contributions who resigned in shame after being indicted), so maybe some reporters will grow a pair on this issue and give the glaring ethics issue some much deserved ink.

  1. More compassionate “conservatism” in action.

    “He misrepresented her and insulted her integrity during the debate,”

    The Democrat and Republican parties are the two most morally bankrupt institutions this country has ever produced. These people have no integrity that can be insulted or misrepresented.

  2. Isn’t Dondero going to lecture us how this response was warranted and how the real libertarian response would have been to slap the guy. Smacking cripples, or threatening to do so is right up the alley of today’s Republicans. Bullies to the core. They belive in bully government, the use of forced to stop evil gays, to wipe out dirty magazines, to attack people for burning privately owned pieces of cloth. They believe in bully government to teach theology in the school and lie about condom use. Bullying is the core philosophy of the Republican Party today. So one would expect bullies as candidates.

  3. …Dondero would probably even say that the reason the guy’s in a wheelchair is because he’s a Libertarian and if he switched to his natural political home, the Republican party, he’d be able to get out of that wheelchair and walk! (shades of Guy Caballero in SCTV)

  4. 5. Whoa, whoa, whoa. I thought we believed in individuality. Smearing the entire memberships of these two parties for the actions of one person is obviously unfair. I certainly don’t want people to judge me by what other libertarians do.

    If you really get real, you’ll admit that what they believe is as variable as what we believe, and that some of them may actually be on our side…or could be, if we reached out to them.

  5. Cubin, I’m sorry to say, has gotten up there in age. She used to be kind of good, even libertarian-leaning. But last few years she’s moved Centrist-Establishment.

    If I was a Wyoming voter, I’d probably vote for the Libertarian guy to send her a message.

  6. Oh, I see…. Now it’s up to us to reach out the the D’s and R’s?

    I’ll reach out to them when they open up ballot access and allow competition on the ballot. Till then, they can suffer the losses that Libertarians pull away from them.

  7. I remember the time, in June 1991, when then-state rep Barbara Cubin signed my Libertarian ballot-access petition(for party status in Wyo. for 1992) in front of a K-Mart in Casper. She signed enthusiastically, and mentioned how she really “liked Libertarians” and admired [then-LP state chair] Craig McCune (previous LP congressional candidate who ran against Dick Cheney). We stood there and spoke for a few minutes, and she seemed cordial and very supportive.

  8. I’d rather see a state rep introduce legislation to change ballot access than get their two faced signature on a petition,…

  9. Brad, but at the time she WAS the GOP sponsor of our (Wyoming LP) bill to enhance third party ballot access. As of 1991, she was one of only TWO allies in the Wyoming House (Keith Goodenough, D, was the other).