MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow believes that Stupak is just looking for publicity with “this antiabortion stunt” and that “it is not rational to think that the Democratic-led House and the Democratic-led Senate are going to let him use health reform as a way to effectively ban abortion.”
She points out, however, that Stupak’s new notoriety means that he may “end up having to answer for some of the unexplained things that no one cared to have [him] explain before.”
“For example,” Maddow noted on Thursday, “Bart Stupak famously was one of the conservative politicians who lived at C Street — a $1.8 million town house on Capitol Hill that featured in the Mark Sanford sex scandal and the John Ensign sex scandal and the Chip Pickering sex scandal. The house is home to a number of members of Congress. It has been reported to be run by the secretive religious group known as the Family.”
The series of scandals involving the Family and its high-level network of political connections has been growing since last summer, when it was learned that the three conservative lawmakers involved in allegations of infidelity all had ties to the C Street house. The Family has since been linked to a proposed law in Uganda which would mandate the death penalty for cases of “aggravated homosexuality.”
Last month the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington suggested that President Obama and members of Congress avoid the group’s National Prayer Breakfast because it “actually serves as a meeting and recruiting event for the shadowy Fellowship Foundation,” another name for the Family.
Stupak has insisted, “There is no such thing as ‘the Family.’ … I rent a room, that’s really about it. … There is no theocracy that I’m a part of.” He has also declined to comment on author Jeff Sharlet’s claim that he is “very involved” in the religious aspect of the Family and has mentored other members.
“But here’s the rub,” Maddow explained. “Everyone who has been living at C Street, including Bart Stupak, has been getting a sweetheart deal. … These are rooms in this really swanky town house that come with meals, they come with maid service … How much do you think that’s worth on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., just blocks away from the Capitol building? How about $600 a month?”
“You can`t pay that kind of way-below market rent unless you`re being subsidized by someone,” Maddow continued. “That`s an in-kind donation to a member of Congress. That means that for every single month he was living there, and he lived there for years, Bart Stupak was apparently receiving an in-kind, very generous donation of rent. Someone was paying for Bart Stupak to live in this fake church. Who was it?”
Maddow was joined by Ed Brayton, state editor of The Michigan Messenger, who has been following the Stupak story closely. Brayton said that last summer, he asked Jeff Sharlet who Stupak was paying rent to if not the Family. He was told that the “C Street house is actually owned … by the C Street Foundation. … The Family operates to a huge network of loosely affiliated nonprofit organizations….. and according to Jeff, the C Street Foundation is directly affiliated with The Family.”
Last summer, Raw Story reported that according to the Washington Post, the house is owned by an even more shadowy religious group, Youth With a Mission, whose declared objectives include establishing world domination through control of government, education, business, and the media.
Brayton, however, seemed disinclined to go too hard on Stupak. “I don`t think it`s fair to paint him as sort of a religious right ideologue,” he concluded. “That`s not what he is. He`s a fairly moderate guy. But abortion is the one issue that, I think, really gets his dander up and that he feels very strongly about, and he feels like that`s a place where his religious views should be imposed on the rest of the country.”
This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast March 4, 2010.
Kris Kobach ridiculed after losing comeback bid in Kansas: ‘Adios amigo’
Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is the projected loser of the state's Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.
Kobach, a longtime crusader against immigration, headed up President Donald Trump's so-called "voter fraud commission" before it was disbanded after failing to identify any widespread instances of fraud.
Kobach unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2018.
Here's some of what people were saying about Kobach's defeat:
Maddow reveals the ‘shocking sign’ the White House may be betting Trump is going to lose in 2020
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow returned from vacation to host the Tuesday evening edition of her MSNBC show.
Maddow noted, "in 91 days we all get to decide if the guy who's currently in charge of how we're responding to this epidemic should stay in the job for four more years or if Democratic candidate Joe Biden would do better at this."
"It's honestly hard to know what it will be like for a president to stand for re-election with 200,000 dead Americans as a key metric from his first term, while he asks for a second term, but we're going to talk tonight about how some of that is going to work and some of what we can see coming down the pike," she explained. "And a lot of it is very worrying, in terms of the institutions of our democracy and what we count on to keep us a constitutional republic."
Trump may break with ‘presidential norms’ and give GOP convention speech from the White House lawn: report
On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that Republicans are exploring the possibility of President Donald Trump giving his presidential re-nomination speech from the South Lawn of the White House.
"The decision to stage the most high-profile political event of Trump’s reelection campaign at the national seat of presidential power would be just the latest break by Trump in presidential norms, which have historically drawn clear lines between official business of the president and campaign events," reported Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey. "People involved in the planning said that no final decision had been made on the location of the Republican convention’s celebratory events. Trump abandoned plans to hold the full convention in Charlotte, and later Jacksonville, Fla., over concerns that large crowds could spread the novel coronavirus."