The joke's on Randall Terry and Katherine Harris
Randall Terry, unhinged founder of the forced-birth group Operation Rescue, took an ass-whooping in the GOP primary for the state Senate seat in Florida yesterday.
Terry’s campaign was to be a referendum on family values, but he was soundly trounced. Oops. His prayers were not answered.
State Senator Jim King by an overwhelming margin won reelection. He was challenged in the Republican party by Randall Terry.
King who has won every election since 1986 won again by a wide margin capturing nearly 70 percent of the vote in the District 8 senate race.
After the win, King characterized the race that took many negative turns as “caustic.” King says his win turned out to be, “…a defining moment whether mainstream Republicans can exist within a party with some people who consider themselves far right or far left. I think we proved that tonight.”
Terry who ran on a pro-life platform with a background of being the head of Operation Rescue says he will be back. Terry promises to run for either another house or senate seat.
A little while back I posted about Terry’s adopted children, including his gay son, who were conspicuously missing from his campaign materials and web site. He couldn’t paper over the hypocrisy.
The whole family values bit also probably wore thin since it’s fairly common knowledge that Terry was blasted by his fellow bible beaters and censured by his church “for a pattern of repeated sinful relationships and conversations with both single and married women.”
Similarly, in his own way, Florida’s Katherine Harris‘s God is playing tricks with her, allowing her to cruise to a primary win, ensuring that incumbent U.S. Senator Bill Nelson will be re-elected.
It will also give us more fabulous time to watch her futher unravel in the public eye, for Republicans all over to cringe. We may even get to see her go through another few sets of campaign staffers before the election.
Nice: “Whenever we legislate sin,” she said, “and we say abortion is permissible and we say gay unions are permissible, then average citizens who are not Christians, because they don’t know better, we are leading them astray and it’s wrong . . .”
“And if we are the ones not actively involved in electing those godly men and women,” then “we’re going to have a nation of secular laws. That’s not what our founding fathers intended and that’s (sic) certainly isn’t what God intended.”