Democrat Compares Republicans to Special Olympics Children

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  1. leesw

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    Tennessee Democrats Compare Republicans To Special Olympics Children

    October 12, 2004 – Democrats in a race for a state House seat in District 82, are circulating a flyer that shows a child with disabilities with President Bush’s face running in a track race. The headline says: “Voting for Bush Is Like Running In The Special Olympics: Even If You Win, You’re Still Retarded.”

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    The flyer is being distributed by Democrat Craig Fitzhugh. His opponent, Dave Dahl has issued a call to Fitzhugh to stop distributing the flyer.

    According to Dahl, “Hard-ball politics is one thing and everyone expects tough battles, but using those who are born with mental disabilities for political fodder is disgusting.”

    Dahl says the flyers have been distributed for at least two weeks from Fitzhugh’s campaign office in Ripley, Tennessee. It also serves as the Kerry-Edwards headquarters. “At first, I really did not believe that Fitzhugh and the Democrats would stoop to such gutter politics, but then people started bringing the flyer to me at the end of last week. I was shocked and disgusted.”

    “This kind of reckless disregard for those who suffer from mental disabilities is much larger than any state representative race. This act is so atrocious and indecent that my campaign will be sending a copy of the Fitzhugh flyer to the United States Special Olympics Committee, the Special Olympics International Group and state and national advocacy groups who work with and support special needs children and adults.”

    This most recent attack on Republicans as mentally handicapped is not new. On October 28, 1994, while in Virginia, then-Vice President Al Gore attacked Oliver North's Senate bid supporters as "the extreme right wing, the extra chromosome right wing." Advocates for those with Down's Syndrome, caused by an extra chromosome, were outraged.

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    Is anyone actually surprised by this?
     
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    What an idiot. At least it will probably end any chance for him to be elected.
     
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    And the Special Olympics reacted:

    http://www.cnsnews.com/....4b.html

    Anti-Bush Political Flyer Draws Wrath of Special Olympics
    By Susan Jones
    CNSNews.com Morning Editor
    October 14, 2004

    (CNSNews.com) - Leaders of the Special Olympics say they are "astounded and appalled" by an anti-Bush political flyer being distributed in Tennessee.

    It shows the head of President Bush superimposed on the body of a Special Olympics athlete; and it reads, "Even if you win, you're still retarded."

    "We see this communication as an egregious, gratuitous insult to our almost 2 million athletes in over 150 countries around the world and a stunning affront to the more than 200 million people in the world who have intellectual disabilities," said Timothy Shriver, Special Olympics chairman and CEO in a statement.

    "We cringe at the thought that any one of these capable and courageous athletes would ever have to endure the agony, embarrassment, pain and suffering that this flyer would certainly cause."

    The Special Olympics said it hopes the people responsible for the "outrageous political advertisement" would come forward and "explain to the people of Tennessee and everywhere else why they would choose to denigrate the spirit, courage, and accomplishments of the Special Olympics athletes."

    Shriver's statement noted that ignorance about mentally disabled people is common - among comedians, on America's playgrounds, and in society at large.

    "Our commitment in this political season and in every other is to reverse this ignorance and bigotry and to replace them with the stunning realization that many people with intellectual disability are, in fact, among the most gifted within our communities," the statement said.

    "There is no reasonable and legitimate defense of this hateful material," it concluded. "We would expect those responsible to make an abject public apology and a sincere, determined effort to clear the public domain of this offensive material."

    Shriver is a nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy.
     
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    That is just sick.
     
  6. Pennsylvania Jim

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    A new low in political campaigning.
     
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    Just one more reason I'm a Republican.
     
  9. Pennsylvania Jim

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    Did you just register since yesterday?
     
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    meaning?
     
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    I agree that this kind of ad is despicable. I hope the Tenn. state representative that ran it loses. However, it has nothing to do with the Kerry campaign.
     
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    An anti-Bush promulgation by Democrats has nothing to do with the Kerry campaign? You're really sharp, ain't you?
     
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    How sinister :eek:
     
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    I think this guy needs to volunteer for the Special Olympics. I've done it in the past, and I can't even begin to tell you how rewarding it is. You come out of there thinking that the only retarded person is you for misjudging the abilities of the mentally retarded.
     
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    meaning? </font>[/QUOTE]I guess this is a little picky...but you said that this is one more reason that you are a Republican. Since it just happened this week, I wondered how that could be, unless you just registered.

    It was actually a round about way of saying that I don't see membership in the GOP to be something to be particularly proud of. I also am a Republican, but I don't make too much noise about it these days.
     
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    Yes, it was picky. Do you not get it? :rolleyes: This incident (the ad) is one more reason I choose to be a Republican. It didn't matter if I had just registered or not. I decided I was a Republican before I was old enough to vote.
     
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    Are you proud of the job that our party has done in the last four years?
     
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    Compared to what Bubba did previously or in 'According to Jim'?
     
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    The candidate in whose office this was found is denying having anything to do with it (of course) & the Tennessee Democrat Party Chairman says--

    News Article

    Of course, we know that they would NEVER do anything like that! Would they? :rolleyes:
     
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    Not exactly true.

    1. They are working together in the same office.

    2. If this is not what Kerry is about, he should condemn it immedeiately and kick Fitzhugh out of his office building or if Fitzhugh owns the building, Kerry should find somewhere else to go.

    3. It is just another in a long line of hurtful attacks on the citizens of America:

    * Vietnam Vets who were accussed of being war criminals by Kerry while they were being tortured in Hanoi.

    * Mary Cheney

    * And now, children with disabilities.

    This is Democrat Compassion at its worst.

    Joseph Botwinick
     

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