ALEC's Worst of the Worst
Some of the American Legislative Exchange Council's worst members are calling it quits. Turns out voters couldn't stomach their extremist, hateful behavior any longer.
Learn more the members the public showed the door this year and then join our movement to Stand Up to ALEC.
Senator Dan Foreman ID-5
Go straight to hell, you son of a bitch
Idaho voters decided they'd have enough of Sen. Dan Foreman's antics and gave him the pink slip on Election Day. Perhaps it had something to do with Foreman's decision to scream "Go straight to hell, you son of a bitch” to a man at the local county fair. The incident, which was caught on video by local law enforcement showed the Republican lawmaker in a confrontation at the Latah County Fair where Foreman, in his own words, was accosted by a “liberal nuttard."
The deputy asked both men to move along. Foreman vowed not to return to the fair until he received an apology from management for how he and other Republicans were treated. It's unclear if former Senator Foreman is still waiting for his apology.
Interestingly, this wasn't the last time video would catch Foreman verbally abusing his constituents. In February, another bizarre incident occurred when Dan Foreman berated and yelled at college students visiting the state capitol to meet with him. When the group attempted to discuss access to birth control, Formean apparently abruptly canceled the meeting and threatened to call law enforcement if the students ever returned. Video circulating on social media showed Foreman forcefully pointing his finger and belligerently saying “abortion is murder” to the students, who said they didn’t come to discuss abortion at all.
Representative Tim Leonard CO-25
They have nothing to offer to any logical discussion of ideas. They are in the political arena just to cause chaos -- like Hitler's Brownshirts.
Solid analogies aren't a typically a core requirement for elected officials, but voters in Colorado's 25th statehouse district decided Rep. Tim Leonard's comparison of peaceful participants of the Women's March to Nazi militia was a bit too off the mark. In July of this year, Leonard posted an article to Facebook and wrote that the peaceful participants of the Women’s March were similar to the supporters of Adolph Hitler who terrorized opponents of the Third Reich.
In Leonard’s own words, “I usually like to avoid national politics, but the insanity and incoherency of the ‘Women's March’ radicals has to be pitied. They are so angry, they cannot even think straight... They have nothing to offer to any logical discussion of ideas. They are in the political arena just to cause chaos -- like Hitler's Brownshirts.”
Leonard will be pursuing other opportunities moving forward.
Senator Rick Bertrand IA-7
He one night said it was bath night at his apartment, was it okay if he invited my wife?
The sexual harassment scandal in the Iowa statehouse made national news earlier in the year, but the conduct of one ALEC member in their midst particularly stood out.
Court depositions showed that Sen. Rick Bertrand was accused by male staffers of making lewd and inappropriate comments about women while at work. Bertrand was even accused of making sexual overtures about a colleague’s spouse. "He one night said it was bath night at his apartment, was it okay if he invited my wife?," one staffer was quoted as saying.
Bertrand will not be representing his former Sioux City district when the Iowa state legislature reconvenes next year.
Representative Steve Alford KS-124
It's because of their character makeup - their genetics and that.
In January, Kansas Rep. Steve Alford made national news after making racist statements to a crowd while discussing the prohibition of marijuana.
After asking a crowd of about 60 people, no of whom were black, why they thought the drug was originally prohibited, Alford offered his own take: "One of the reasons why - I hate to say it - is the African-Americans, they were basically users and they responded the worst off to those drugs. It's because of their character makeup - their genetics and that."
Alford declined to run for re-election in the face of the widespread condemnation he received after his remarks were publicized.