John McCain craps on Iowa flood victims
June 20, 2008 2 Comments
The Governor of Iowa says, hey, we’re in the middle of a disaster here, could you please cancel your campaign appearance because we just don’t have the resources to host you at this time.
McCain says, fuck you, we’re coming whether you like it or not, and since we’re providing “most” of our own security you better get your ass in gear and get your local law enforcement on over here to provide the rest.
From the Associated Press on June 20, 2008:
An aide to Gov. Chet Culver said Thursday that Republican presidential candidate John McCain ignored the governor’s request to cancel a campaign visit amid a massive flood recovery effort in the state.
… Patrick Dillon, Culver’s chief of staff, said the governor was concerned that McCain’s trip would divert local law enforcement from the flood recovery effort to provide security for McCain.
… Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama canceled a scheduled visit to eastern Iowa last week at the request of state officials.
“As a courtesy – and as we did for Senator Obama – we privately made an effort to make sure that Senator McCain knew that state and local resources were still being deployed to support the flood fight and that now may not be the best time for a campaign trip,” Dillon said in a statement.
… While these high-profile politicians bring attention to the disaster, they cause headaches for hard-pressed law enforcement. Bush and McCain are protected by the Secret Service, and call in scores of local law enforcement to provide security during local appearances.
McCain’s campaign has a different opinion:
David Roederer, who chairs McCain’s campaign in Iowa, said McCain’s trip didn’t hamper Iowa’s recovery operation. He said McCain proceeded with the visit because the campaign was providing much of its own security.
“There was really no state resources diverted,” Roederer said.
Apparently, the McCain camp has a crystal ball that is capable of looking into the future – they knew that there would be absolutely no chance that anything could possibly go wrong during their campaign stop in Iowa – there would not be any contingency that could possibly occur that might cause state resources to be further diverted to assist McCain.
And besides, state officials mobilized to protect McCain were actually getting protected from having to work on things like this:
Hazardous materials crews were called to Black Hawk Park in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Wednesday after it was discovered that about 15 gallons of 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid — or 245-T, a powerful herbicide commonly found in the defoliant Agent Orange — had spilled in side a maintenance building. The Cedar River had flooded the building, and some of the chemical leaked out.
The mold left in your home by water is not like the mold that grows on old bread. This mold can cause severe allergic reactions and potentially fatal respiratory seizures, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it begins growing in only 24 hours.
“We know we have mosquitoes right now in the state that are testing positive for the West Nile virus,” Indiana State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe said.
… Chuck Cipperley, director of environmental services for the Siouxland District Health Department in Iowa, said the Sioux City area was covered in mosquito-friendly pools of water.
“We have had a lot of water, and there is a lot of breeding ground all around us,” Cipperley said.