McHenry update: suspicious finances, Iraq, Gonzales, & your hometown drug store
Caldwell County Republican Dennis Benfield (a Pat Go Bye Bye fan), has posted on his website and written to the Hickory Daily Record that, according to public documentation, Pat's recently acquired net worth far exceeds his reported income. It raises quite a few serious questions.
And Betsy Wells and Beth Sibley of Cleveland County wrote an exclusive report of McHenry's Thursday night town hall. How to sum it up? I'll list a few highlights
- He said Bush should have dismissed Gonzales a long time ago.
- He blew off local pharmacists anxious for his help but tried to get them to name the staffer who'd told them that protecting hometown pharmacies were not a priority of his.
- He told the aunt of a three-tour Iraqi soldier that although he honored the troops (no idea how), it was not his career choice in his twenties. When she asked why didn't more congressmen have children serving, he just said, "I don’t have any children . . . yet." He said he hopes to have children some day "after I meet the right woman." [Yuuuuukkkk.]
- He is confident oil drilling of the NC coast would have no leaks, be invisible to tourists, blames the lack of sufficient refinery capacity on trial lawyers. He supports a bill to limit appeals in such cases.
And my favorite weird moment: McHenry abruptly ended the meeting when a Viet Nam vet asked, "What does a terrorist look like? Describe a terrorist for me." Pat stared blankly for several uncomfortable moments and then indicated that he would take no more questions. The event was advertised to extend until 9 p.m.
[A prize to anyone who can identify the man with his arm around Pat.]
Cross posted at Scru Hoo