Dems can't be Catholics or Christians, Kansas candidate says
The Kansas City Star
Just to prove that idiotic statements by politicians aren’t confined to Missouri, along comes Kansas Senate candidate Steve Fitzgerald of Leavenworth, who told a gathering at Polish American Democratic Club in Kansas City, Kan., last week that “If you’re a Christian and a Catholic you can’t be a Democrat.”
Fitzgerald also made some statements complaining about the initial omission of a mention of God from the Democratic Party platform, and he complained that Democrats are too tolerant of gays and lesbians, according to people at the forum.
A reporter for The Huffington Post got ahold of Fitzgerald, who told him:
“My main point is that the Democratic platform and policies nationally are an attempt to redefine marriage in effect to say what Christ has said about marriage is a lie. Christ said marriage is between one man and one woman and the Democratic platform said that it’s not true. So therefore, my point was that one cannot support the Democratic platform and be a follower of Christ.”
That position is pretty offensive to Fitzgerald’s opponent, incumbent Senator Kelly Kultala, who got up and told the club she was doing a good job of being both a Catholic and a Democrat, and that Fitzgerald was out of line.
Members of the club evidently agreed. Kultala got their endorsement.
As consolation, Fitzgerald gets the Todd Akin wannabe award. (The candidate for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat once said that “at the heart of liberalism is really a hatred for God.” )
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and his allies would love to dislodge the hard-working Kultala from her Senate seat. But Fitzgerald is doing a lousy job of containing his extremism, and backing him might become perilous.