Former Governor Bob Riley was all excited last month as he endorsed former Alabama legislator Tom Butler for the Madison County Commission. Butler had spent decades in the legislator as a Democrat. After losing his seat in 2010, he suddenly decided he was, in fact, a Republican.
Not surprising at all. Butler's legislative ability fits right in with those jokers. After all, he's the guy who gave us the infamous sex toy ban.
Provisions of Alabama’s 1998 Anti-Obscenity Enforcement Act prohibit distribution or production of “any device designed or marketed as useful for the stimulation of human genital organs,” the Huntsville (Ala.) Times reported Tuesday. Although possession of sex toys isn't a crime, violators of the law face up to a year in jail and a maximum $10,000 fine,
State Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, the bill’s sponsor, said the 14-page measure was originally intended to end nude dancing in parts of Madison County and not ban sex toys.
It was a breathtaking bit of legislative incompetence (and “unintended consequences”) that Scott Beason could only dream of.
But there's a snag in Butler's plan. Looks like he's getting the “Parker Griffith treatment” from the local Republican Party:
Monday night, a divided Madison County Republican Party executive committee approved a motion that bars Butler from seeking the GOP nomination for the open District 2 County Commission seat.
“Tom Butler is a likable gentleman and a good, moral man,” GOP Executive Committee member Hugh McInnish told The Times before the meeting. “But he's a Democrat and a liberal, and he does not fit the Republican Party.”
I agree with McInnish here. There's certainly no room in the Republican party for anyone who's likeable or moral. How do you think Beason & Hammon ended up in the GOP?