Colorado Senator Hates Firefighters

Oh. Snap.

For those of you who thought Ted Tancredo was the craziest lawmaker from Colorado, this from an offical press release from the office of Wayne Allard, R-Co

“First responders in Colorado have recently provided critical services in the face of blizzards and tornados,” added Allard. “Since I don’t think first responders have really done anything significant in comparison to their counterparts who have dealt with real natural disasters, I have no idea what else to say here…” [my emphasis]

Minutes later came the retraction and the mea culpa from the (probably soon to be ex-) staffer Steve Wymer,

I really apologize for the mistake there. I was working with a staffer to develop a quote and I was just messing with him. After we developed the quote, I wound up sending the release. I feel horrible about it. I tried to get the correction out as soon as I could. My error is unacceptable.

The real “quote” was

First Responders in Colorado have recently provided critical services in the face of blizzards and tornados,” added Allard. “This resolution celebrates them and all first responders serving our nation.”

This means two things. First, Steve Wymer probably had a really bad night last night. (Perhaps alcholol helped?) Second, the press release guys just make this stuff up and Senators don’t actually say anything anyway. But that we knew already.

What one of the commenters on the original Colorado Confidential post pointed out, was that Wymer, in an earlier misstep, let slip the real reason for the Iraq war – beef up the American Olympic Team – At least for the Paraolympics,

Veterans injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will play a greater role on the U.S. Paralympics team in coming years — and that has Sen. Wayne Allard pushing for a new headquarters for Paralympics Inc. in Colorado Springs.

“There’s an increasing number of vets in the burgeoning Paralympics population,” says Allard’s chief of staff, Sean Conway. “The senator thinks they deserve the best.”

As of the 2012 Olympics in London, about 10 percent of Paralympics athletes are expected to be veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a draft of the bill that could be introduced this week.

See. The senator thinks the deserve the best, celebrates them and all serving their nation. Bla. Bla. Bla. Blech!

(From Colorado Confidential via Wonkette)

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