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Is this dip$hit for real?
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http://www.duffelblog.com/2012/08/senator-clarifies-remark-telling-troops-to-go-f* ck-themselves-says-quote-taken-out-of-context/#ixzz24EwBRSzk

Senator Clarifies Remark Telling Troops To ‘Go F* ck Themselves’, Says Quote Taken Out Of Context


by Paul on August 21, 2012 • 28 comments

Phoenix, AZ - A state senator is in hot water after making controversial remarks last week in an interview with Arizona Foothills Magazine. The full interview, which is to be released Friday, includes contentious quotes on military service-members, the constitution, and defense spending.

Senator Linda Lopez (D-29, AZ), a member of the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, was apparently quoted during the interview as saying “the troops should just go f* ck themselves.” Lopez continues to claim that her remarks have been “taken out of context” and that she is in fact a huge supporter of the U.S. military.

It’s not the first time Lopez is being questioned for something she said. In the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting, she told an interviewer that the shooter was “probably a veteran of Afghanistan.“ The shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, had no military experience.

Her most recent remarks come after a vote in the Committee to improve education benefits and mental health services for veterans of all service branches. Lopez opposed the bill and was the only no vote, telling reporters that she opposed it on constitutional grounds. When pressed further, she admitted however, that “she hates the f* cking constitution.”

Minutes after making the remark, she told reporters that she misspoke and didn’t mean to use profanity.

“I only voted no on the bill because I support the troops, but don’t support the war,” Lopez said. “Besides, if these numbskulls would quit enlisting, we wouldn’t need to support the stupid f *cks. That last part’s off the record, by the way.”

Lopez has maintained that the full context of her interview quote was about supporting the troops and giving them fle shlights as a way “to go f *ck themselves in the warzone and at home.”

Although The Foothills refuses to release Lopez’s full remarks until the interview hits news stands later this week, TDB did obtain partial transcripts.

“Frankly, the troops should just go f* ck themselves. Let’s be honest here,” Lopez remarks in the interview. “I’m really tired of these people complaining all the time.”

Lopez is not the only politician who has made a gaffe during interviews or public events.

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) once told a crowd that “he served in Vietnam” although he never deployed as a Marine reservist during the 1970s, and Representative Todd Akin (R-MO) recently came under fire after talking about “legitimate rape” and the female body’s amazing ability to defy biology.

After TDB confronted Lopez with additional context from the interview transcripts, the Senator backtracked and attempted to explain further:

“In my defense, I was responding to the troops’ demands for a constitutional amendment limiting elected offices to either veterans, uniformed police and fire personnel, or civilians who held conscientious objector status throughout their entire period of eligibility for selective service, with all others forced to wear velcro shoes and overalls,” she explained. “F* ck them.”

She has since apologized for her remarks, saying that she “just went full-on retard with what she said.”


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Originally Posted by fishweewee View Post


She has since apologized for her remarks, saying that she “just went full-on retard with what she said".

That's an understatement.
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Originally Posted by Hawker View Post


That's an understatement.

you should proudly hold up your dainty middle finger and return the sentiment to her.

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Originally Posted by fish'nmagician View Post

you should proudly hold up your dainty middle finger and return the sentiment to her.

Knock it off Frank.
post #5 of 32
Everything is always out of context because they don't think before they speak. Then they have to cover it up with it being taken out of context. How many years before they realize people aren't stupid ?
post #6 of 32
When pressed further, she admitted however, that “she hates the f* cking constitution.”

Lots of Democratic politicians hate the Constitution.




From her website:


About Linda

Linda has been an Arizona resident for 40 years. She was born in Indiana and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area from the age of 16 until she moved to Tucson. Her son, Aaron, age 40 was born in California. Her daughters, Toni, age 35, and Bobbi, age 33, were born in Tucson. She is married to Rudy Jones. Rudy brought to the family his 3 sons, Roland, Bryan, and Jason. Together Linda and Rudy have 11 wonderful grandsons: Jordan, 21, Kyle, 18, Roland, Jr., 18, Quentin, 15, Dylan, 14, Isayah, 8, Jayden, 4, Io, 3, twins Riley and Brady, 1, and Luca, 4 months.



Linda graduated from De Anza High School in El Sobrante, CA and then attended the University of California at Berkeley from 1966 to 1968. She and Aaron moved to Tucson in 1972. Linda completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Arizona in 1990 and attended graduate school for one year.


Linda served as a member of the Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board for 18 years and completed her service to Sunnyside Community in 2006. During her tenure as a locally elected school board member she also advocated for public education at the state and federal level. She served as President of the Arizona School Boards Association, President of the Arizona Hispanic Caucus of School Board Members and the National Hispanic Caucus of School Board Members. She was also Chair of the Council of Urban Boards of Education and a board member of the National School Boards Association.



In 2000 Linda was elected to the Arizona Legislature. She served as State Representative from 2001 to 2008 when she was elected to the State Senate. She is currently a member of the Appropriations, Education, Health, and Public Safety and Human Services committees. She is also a member of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. She has served in Democratic Caucus leadership positions in both the House and the Senate.



Linda is also employed by La Frontera Arizona, the state’s largest behavioral health provider. During her 21 years at La Frontera she has served as Child/Family Specialist and Clinical Supervisor of the Child/Family Center and currently is the agency’s Community Relations Coordinator.

Her community service has been extensive over the years. She is currently a board member of the Arizona Virtual Academy, the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy and Jobs for Arizona Graduates. She also is the Board Chair of the Center for Women Policy Studies, the nation’s first feminist think tank. She is a member of the Arizona Women’s Political Caucus, the National Organization for Women, the NAACP, Compassion & Choices, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, Planned Parenthood, Los Descendientes of Tucson, AAUW, and many more organizations.
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When pressed further, she admitted however, that “she hates the f* cking constitution.”
Lots of House Democrats do.

It does get in their way afterall.
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Knock it off Frank.

I'm serious,

she is out of line and deserves an "eff you".

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I'm serious,
she is out of line and deserves an "eff you".

Would you vote for her against a Republican?
post #10 of 32
Lucky for her she is a Democrat...otherwise the media would haunt her 24/7!
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Abortion trumps troops...
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Would you vote for her against a Republican?

I'd want to hear her version of what she said in context.

 

it's never a smart thing to say....

but it may have a valid underpinning.

 

I'd also want to know who her opponent was.

 

and who she is.

 

I don't think my vote would ever be swayed by a sound bite like that.

 

would your's?

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Originally Posted by fish'nmagician View Post

I'd want to hear her version of what she said in context.

it's never a smart thing to say....
but it may have a valid underpinning.

I'd also want to know who her opponent was.

and who she is.

I don't think my vote would ever be swayed by a sound bite like that.

would your's?

Sound bites can be very telling and if she truly said what was described in the op....not only would I not vote for her I'd pray for her to burn in Hell.
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Originally Posted by DonnieB View Post


Sound bites can be very telling and if she truly said what was described in the op....not only would I not vote for her I'd pray for her to burn in Hell.

why?

 

I think the context in which she made the comment is huge.

 

"The troops think that (insert ridiculous position here)"

"oh yeah well the troops can go f themselves".

 

it might be a statement that is political suicide to say out loud,

but might be justifiable based on what she was reacting to.

 

certainly I would not condemn her to eternal damnation just for saying those words.

 

why not wait and hear it in context?

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It does get in their way afterall.




"Lots of House Democrats do."



I made a mistake; Lopez is not a member of the House of Representatives.

Nevertheless, my statement is true.
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