Feathered Bastard

Terri Proud, Tea Party Princess, Chickens Out of LD 9 Run

Just when I thought it couldn't get any better than screw-loose GOP state Senator Sylvia Allen suddenly finding the Navajo County Board of Supervisors a more attractive sphere of influence than the lege's upper house, along comes this beautiful news from a recent edition of the Capitol Times' Yellow Sheet.

Dam up the tear ducts, folks: One-term Republican state House Representative Terri Proud, moonhowler extraordinaire, will not be seeking reelection in newly-drawn Legislative District 9, according to the YS.

Yep, seems the Tucson loony toon's belly turned the color of a ripe banana at the thought of running in a district where the Democrats have a registration advantage, unlike LD 26, which she currently represents. So she's taking a powder to go work on GOPer Jerry Weiers campaign for mayor of Glendale.

"I'm sad about [leaving], because I really love what I do," this dangerously dim bulb told the YS. "I love being able to make a difference in people's lives."

Part of making a difference in people's lives for the Tea Party tool has been spewing false and often hateful statements.

The most recent example of the latter was her crazed reaction to a constituent's e-mail urging her to vote no on House Bill 2036, the now-law that bans abortions in Sand Land after 20 weeks.

"Personally I'd like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a `surgical procedure,'" Proud wrote to the woman, later adding, "Until the dead child can tell me that she/he does not feel any pain - I have no intentions of clearing the conscience of the living - I will be voting YES."

Sounds like this political freak-of-nature's fishing for a date with spirit-channeler John Edward.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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