Rep. Betty Price recently told a cyclist’s widow that she opposed a bill to curb distracted driving because of “spite.” She later defended the comments as “commonplace talk among state lawmakers,” according to the local WSB-TV reporter who broke the story.
I think my civics class forgot to teach me the part of lawmaking where petty power plays determine the fate of bills. I also missed the follow up lesson teaching that that behavior is completely excusable if everyone else is doing it.
Rep. Price voted against a measure intended to curb distracted driving. When Mary Carol Harsch — a widow whose husband was killed by a distracted driving while out on his bicycle — asked Price about her vote, she said, “I’m just causing trouble. I’m not philosophically opposed.” The interaction was caught on video.
This isn’t the first time Rep. Price has said something outrageous. Last year, she suggested that people living with HIV be forcibly quarantined during a public meeting. She also defended those comments.
Price’s husband — former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price — had to resign from his post with the Trump administration after it came out that he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on privately chartered flights.
Nevermind that he faced multiple ethics complaints both during and after his nomination as the HHS secretary.
This is a family with a real questionable track record. Tom Price has been forced out of office, what will take to get Betty Price out as well?