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What does it say about our party’s moral compass when we would oppose one of our own simply because they are socially or even fiscally moderate, and instead champion the campaign of someone with – at best – remarkably poor taste and – at worst – a vile, soul.

Stephen Laffey now claims that remarks he made about homosexuals (“All the homosexuals I’ve seen are sickly and decrepit, their eyes devoid of life.”) and Boy George (“When I hear it sing, ‘Do you really want to hurt me, do you really want to make me cry,’ I say to myself, ‘YES, I want to punch your lights out, pal, and break your ribs.'”) were done in humorous satire.

“Do I regret some of these things? Sure. But at the time, we were just having fun. We thought it was funny.”

I’m about 5 or 6 years younger than Laffey, but at no point in my lifetime have I ever thought that was funny. That is sick, twisted, and stupid. Those are the words of a guy who should probably be jailed, not serving as a mayor.

I cannot believe there are those within my party who would carry water for this ass-clown over the hard-working, though admittedly moderate, Chafee.

Update: The good folks over at took me to task for my overheated rhetoric – which is ironic given the nature of this post. It seems my suggestion that Laffey should probably be jailed was considered a bit much. I’ll agree. I will, however, say in my defense, Laffey suggested breaking someone’s ribs just because they are annoying/effeminate/gay. I think that sounds like violent anti-social behavior. Absent a crime, however, jail time is not warranted.

Written by Michael Turk